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Watch: Thomas Greco speaks at The Economics of Peace Conference

Very few people realize that the nature of money has changed profoundly over the past three centuries, or—as has been clear with the latest global financial crisis—the extent to which it has become a political instrument used to centralize power, concentrate wealth, and subvert popular government.

On top of that, the economic growth imperative inherent in the present global monetary system is a main driver of global warming and other environmental crises.

In the following videos, Thomas Greco discusses many of the themes of his latest book, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, in a speech given at the Economics of Peace Conference. The conference, held in Sonoma, California, was a project of the Peace Praxis Institute and RSF Social Finance. Part One: Tom Greco PART 1 of 3 at The Economics of Peace Conference Sonoma Ca 2009 from The Economics Of Peace on Vimeo. Part Two: Tom Greco PART 2 of 3 as The Economics of Peace Conference in Sonoma Ca 2009 from The Economics Of Peace on Vimeo. Part Three: Tom Greco PART 3 of 3 at The Economics of Peace Conference Sonoma Ca 2009 from The Economics Of Peace on Vimeo. Thomas Greco is the author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More..

Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..
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