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Thinking Paper by the CEEweb Office
This “thinking paper” has been developed by the CEEweb Policy Office in response to the current financial and ecological crisis. Our intention was to share our ideas on possible solutions. It is called “thinking paper”, because many of the ideas included go beyond the traditional border of our profession – nature conservation – and we need to validate them through
discussion with a wider range of experts and professionals. We believe that the current crisis can only be solved if NGOs from different sectors (social, economic and environmental) work together to find joint solutions. We hope that this paper is a good tool to start such cooperation. Read more>>

Margrit Kennedy: Interest & Inflation Free Money 
This book takes a look at how money works.The huge debt accumulated by Third World countries, unemployment, environmental degradation, the arms build-up and proliferation of nuclear power plants, are related to a mechanism which keeps money in circulation: interest and compound interest.
The significance of this book, lies in its ability to explain complex issues as simply as possible, so that everybody who uses money may understand what is at stake. Another significant difference from other books which have dealt with this issue is that it shows how, at this particular point in time, the change to the proposed new monetary system could create a win-win situation for everyone. It could help to develop, finally, a sustainable economy. Read more>>

Thomas Greco: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender
This book explains, in clear and accessible way, the mysteries and realities of money. It also describes concrete and realistic actions that individuals, businesses, and governments can take to enhance productivity and purchasing power, to protect local economies from the ravages of globalization, and to strengthen the bonds of community. This book is both a radical critique of our existing financial system and a practical, inspirational how-to manual for creating vibrant and effective community currency systems. Read more>>

Silvio Gesell: The Natural Economic Order
Silvio. Gesell wrote this book in 1906 and it gives the basis for the interest-free monetary systems, free land, and free trade. Read more>>

Silvio Gesell: A Story of Robinson Crusoe
This picture story is based on “A Story of Robinson Crusoe” written by Silivo Gesell in 1920.
It is a story to understand how the monetary system works, and it is presented in a very clear and simple way. When in our existing monetary system somebody lends out money he will collect interest. Somebody who borrows money has to pay interest.
No one has ever questioned this system. But is it really so natural? Read more>>

 

Helmut Creutz: The Money Syndrome – Paths to an Economic Order Free from Crises
In this book Creutz explains the idea and the functions of money and its role in the economy, what are the interests effects, and how it effects people, environment, etc.
It gives solid and comprehensive evidence of the dysfunctional effects of the existing monetary system which leaves no doubts about causes and effects, also gives a constructively critical look at economic phenomena and their interrelations with different fileds. Inspires us to evaluate the present crisis and to find new possible solutions. Read more>>

 

 

Useful links for complementary currencies:

  • Complementary currency systems database which collects statistical information and generates detailed reports on the state of these systems. Here you can find information about different local currencies anywhere in the world.

 

  • Here you can find further readings, case studies, slideshows made by Thomas H. (Tom) Greco, Jr. who is a community and monetary economist.

 

  • Read more about the result of an open money project during 2001 in Japan. Here you will find an elaboration of the project itself, its purpose and principles, and the essentials of open money design.
  • Here you can find further collection of complementary community currency systems and local exchange networks.