Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy

PUTTING SOCIAL INNOVATION INTO PRACTICE:
A CASE FOR COMPLEMENTARY CURRENCIES
10th of November 2012

Keynote Speech at EWMD'S International Conference
Europahaus Mayrhofen, Zillertal, Austria

CV: Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy is an architect with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs, who worked for UNESCO and OECD and as a professor for Ecological Building Technologies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hanover. Projects in ecological architecture for the International Building Exhibition Berlin in 1987 led her to the discovery that it is virtually impossible to carry out sound ecological concepts on the scale required today without fundamentally altering the present money system or creating new complementary currencies. In her two books „Interest and Inflation Free Money"1987 (translated into 23 languages), "People Money" (2012) with B. Lietaer John Rogers and "Occupy Money" (2012) she explores the systemic problems of the present system and the advantages of using new complementary monetary designs. Her work in this field has been instrumental for the start of more than 60 regional currency initiatives in the German speaking parts of Europe.

www.margritkennedy.de, www.monneta.org, www.kennedy-library.info


Abstract of Lecture:
PUTTING SOCIAL INNOVATION INTO PRACTICE:
A CASE FOR COMPLEMENTARY CURRENCIES


The main emphasis of the lecture is on explaining and describing solutions for creating new monetary systems. These systems do not aim at replacing the existing national or international currencies but aim at complementing them. In contrast to the existing system, which produces exponentially growing debts and serves only a small minority of people while burdening the large majority with hidden interest payments in all prices, complementary currencies offer specific means of payment with a built-in target. They show how new liquidity for social, cultural, ecological or economic purposes can be created and how large and small communities can be supported in these areas of concern.

BOOKS IN GERMAN:
1. "Geld ohne Zinsen und Inflation - Ein Tauschmittel, das jedem dient" (Goldmann, München 1991 - aktualisierte Neuauflage, 2006)
2. "Regionalwährungen - Neue Wege zu nachhaltigem Wohlstand" mit Bernard Lietaer (Riemann, München 2004)
3. "OCCUPY MONEY - Damit wir zukünftig ALLE die Gewinner sind" (Kamphausen, Bielefeld, 2011
1. + 2. Please order at: Herrn Werner Lord, Riemann Verlag, Phone 0049/89-4136 3959; e-mail: Werner.Lord@randomhouse.de; address: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH, Neumarkter Str. 28, D-81673 München
3. Please order at: Prolit Verlag; Johanna Gastler, Phone: 0049/641-943 93-202, e-mail: j.gastler@prolit.de, address: Prolit Verlagsauslieferung GmbH Wareneingang Verlags-Nr. 220, Siemensstraße 16, D-35463 Fernwald-Anner
 
BOOKS IN ENGLISH:
1. „Interest and Inflation Free Money" (1987) (translated into 23 languages), can be found on: http://www.margritkennedy.de/ to download for free in 14 languages
2. "People Money" (2012) with B. Lietaer John Rogers and "Occupy Money" can be ordered directly from the publisher’s website at http://www.triarchypress.com/pages/Regional-Currencies-People-Money.htm.
3. "Occupy Money - Creating an Economy Where Everybody Wins" (2012) New Society, Gabriola Island, Canada. Please order at: Ingrid Witvoet <Ingrid@newsociety.com>


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