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Positive Money


Positive Money promotes a better understanding of money connected to the issue with debt-based money and fractional reserve banking. According to this organisation the way money is created is the root underlying cause of poverty, excessive debt, growing inequality and environmental degradation. Positive Money states that these problems cannot be easily fixed without re-thinking how the current economic system works, and how to redesign it. Click here to watch video


The money system


What will banks of the 21st century look like? Well not like you think! According to Jem Bendell Rebuild21 speaker we need to rethink the concept of banks and currencies for a more sustainable 21st century. Jem Bendell is a professor and the owner-director of Lifeworth Consulting, providing solutions for systemic change towards sustainable development. For 16 years he has consulted with business, United Nations (UN) and civil society, while writing over 100 publications on the social responsibility of organizations. Click here to watch video


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We the owners


A change is being called for, a change in the way businesses are operated and a change in the way people are being treated; a change that allows for more than just a top few to be owners. Imagine a business where employees were as motivated, passionate and hardworking as the owner or as interested in organisational value and success as stakeholders. The documentary  “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream”, shows how shared ownership can really change the way we work. Click here to watch video



Sacred Economics


Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. Click here to watch video



Story of Stuff


From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. Click here to watch video



The dark side of chocolate


Slavery is no longer legal, but in developing countries slavery, child labor and human trafficking are still ever present in the cocoa industry. The Ivory Coast and Ghana are the largest cocoa producers in the world and Africa as a whole is responsible for two-thirds of the world’s cocoa production. Even though Western cocoa processors promised in 2001 to eradicate child trafficking and child labor by 2008, these abuses still go on today and the industry is largely in denial. Click here to watch video



WIR bank


The WIR Bank is an alternative bank in Switzerland that issues its own currency (the WIR) among its participants. Converted to Swiss Francs, the annual revenue of the WIR system is estimated to be around 4 billion CHF. While some financial services are available to private individuals, only companies and small businesses can trade in WIRs. Shops and hotels in Switzerland use a sign on the door to indicate that they also accept WIRs.Click here to watch video



Direct democracy in Switzerland


In Switzerland, the most important decisions are usually made through referendums: the budget, taxes, controversial laws, and so on. A referendum on a certain law can be requested with 50,000 signatures; citizens can bring their own proposal to a vote with 100,000 signatures. The Swiss feel very strongly about their direct democracy, which is one of the reasons why they do not want to join the European Union. Click here to watch video



The benefits of fair trade


This documentary shows how fair-trade works for the employees of the Volta River Estates (VREL) cooperative in Ghana, which was one of the first to export fair-trade bananas to the United Kingdom. The additional income earned by farmers thanks to fair-trade, is used for social and educational purposes. The premium made it possible to build a new school with computers for the children. When a storm destroyed the crops and the production was severely reduced, Western buyers stood behind VREL and helped the cooperative get back on its feet again. Click here to watch video



Video: Jak Bank


The Jak Bank is a cooperative bank which believes it is unethical to lend money at interest. Since 1970, it runs an interest-free savings and loan system. In 2008, its members had saved up to 97 million euro’s and borrowed 86 million. Borrowers only pay an exit fee. The bank is owned by its members and has no profit motive. The bank grows at a rate of about 5 percent per year, entirely through word of mouth. Click here to watch video



Margrit Kennedy on interest


In this video, German money expert Margrit Kennedy shows the consequences of the phenomenon ‘interest’. Because producers have to pass on the costs of loans in the price, approximately 45% of the prices of products consist of interest. While the poorest 80 percent of Germans pay more interest than they receive each year, the richest 10 percent of Germans receive more interest than they pay. Kennedy calls this a solid and hidden system of redistribution. Click here to watch video



Another look at development aid


During this TED conference, the Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda explains what the consequences are of bilateral aid (aid from government to government) to his country. Politicians are pre-occupied with their relations with Western donors, because that is where the money comes from. They are not busy with launching their own economy. If African governments would no longer receive bilateral aid, they would be forced to set up a working tax system and their populations would also expect a functioning government in return. Click here to watch video



Local currencies in the USA

What happens when the US dollar collapses? A growing number of people in the United States believe that it is time to make contingency plans for an alternative currency, or they have already started local alternative money systems. For example in Washington, right next to Capitol Hill, a whole community has switched to their own Potomac currency, because they are losing faith in the dollar. Bob Marshall, member of the Virginia House of Delegates, supports these movements and calls for contingency plans that involve alternative currencies should the dollar ever collapse. Click here to watch video



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