Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Bernard Leitaer & Dennis Meadows
RiverRun Bookstore, 20 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH
Tuesday, October 18, 2001
On Tuesday, October 18th RiverRun Bookstore will welcome Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Bernard Leitaer, and Dennis Meadows, three noted thinkers on sustainability and economics. Their new book, Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies addresses some of the most pressing needs of communities like those here on the Seacoast.
Communities everywhere are challenged by issues such as health, elder and child care, housing, education, food security, and the environment. On the surface, these problems appear to be rooted in economic crisis—for example, budget cuts have triggered reduced public services, soaring food prices have created food security concerns, and the subprime mortgage disaster has spawned record increases in foreclosures and homelessness.
However, if communities could match their unmet needs with their underutilized resources, many would find that while their economies may be struggling when measured in traditional terms, they possess enough genuine wealth to allow all their inhabitants to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life. Creating Wealth demonstrates how a healthy society can be attained through developing new systems of exchange. Using creative initiatives such as time banks, systems of barter and exchange, and local currencies, cities and towns can empower themselves and build vibrant, healthy, sustainable local economies.
In addition to presenting many compelling case studies of successful alternative currencies in action, Creating Wealth also explores the different types of capital that communities have to draw on, including natural, built, social, human, institutional, cultural, technological, and financial. This book will appeal to community activists, city planners and other public officials, and anyone interested in developing strong local economies.
Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the founder and director of Global Community Initiatives and the author of The Key to Sustainable Cities.
Bernard Lietaer is the world’s leading authority on complementary currencies and the author of The Future of Money.
Dennis Meadows is a professor of Systems Management and director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Durham, New Hampshire, and is the author of the groundbreaking book Limits To Growth.
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