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http://economyofhours.com/

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What it is

Echo is an Economy of Hours: a marketplace without the money. Our members buy and sell their skills, services and resources, using a currency called Echoes. The exchange rate couldn’t be easier: 1 hour = 1 Echo.

Who it’s for

Anyone and everyone. Echo brings together local people and local organisations – including businesses, charities, councils and leisure centres – to create a community-wide economy of hours where the more you put in, the more you get back.

We specialise in helping organisations from small start-ups to sizeable corporates unlock dormant resources to trade, ensuring we can offer a wealth of skills and services to meet our members’ diverse needs.

Established Businesses

Echo helps you access professional services without the outlay, from financial planning to marketing strategy.

Charities, start-ups and sole traders

Echo helps you increase your capacity as and when you need to, whether it’s admin staff and desk space, or building an online presence.

Local people

Echo helps you get more out of your community, from childcare and help around the home, to training opportunities and cinema tickets.

And that’s not all. Echo’s experts can help big business create more meaningful CSR packages that maximise the benefit to both company and community, and help charities initiate schemes to recruit, retain and reward volunteers. Just click here to find out more.

Who we are

Echo is a community interest company, supported by the London Legacy Development Corporation, Nesta and Friends Provident Foundation.

Bernard Lietaer - From Finance Crisis to WarAbundance instead of Scarcity – it is possible. Nature provides often more than we (currently) need. And then people come and buy all the corn on the planet to sit on it – and wait – until scarcity drives prices up.

That is called speculation.

So if you abolish scarcity – you abolish the power speculators have over your life.

It would be a major step forward for mankind.

Are we capable to take it? Or fall back into middle-ages structures of barbarianism and dictatorship.

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Too Big To Fail Banks - blackmail states

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Check out Book presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4sTFkHeHtw

Published on Dec 18, 2013

In 2010, the IMF reported that 425 countries had gone through a major systemic economic crash over the previous 30 years — that’s 10 countries per year suffering the consequences of poorly designed monetary systems.
Why do industrialists have short-term thinking? Why do governments charge taxes? What do tree farms have in common with giant pandas?

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A foreword by John Perkins

author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

We have entered revolutionary times.

People across the globe have lost faith in the ability of government and business leaders to resolve the problems facing humanity. The global economic depression has shattered the lives of Andean peasants, African fishermen, corporate executives, and the average house hold alike. Despite claims that the current economic malaise is ending, the general public remains unconvinced, suspicious, and shaken. The promised “recovery” is uneven and uncertain; monumental issues still remain to be resolved […].

 

About the authors

BERNARD LIETAER is a leader in the field of money for more than thirty years as a central banker, a fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant. In 1992, Business Week named him “the world’s top currency trader”. A co-designer of the European Currency Unit — the precursor to the euro—he is currently a research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resource Development at the University of California, Berkeley.

View Bernard’s full bio here.

JACQUI DUNNE is an award-winning journalist and founder of Danu Resources, an emerging leader in helping entrepreneurs develop technologies and initiatives that restore the earth. The company is an interface between donors and projects, creating a flourishing paradigm shift for a quadruple bottom line: people, planet, profits, and power within.

View Jacqui’s full bio here.

Order your copy now NOT on Amazon (because they do not pay their taxes) but on Berrett-Koehler publishers!

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In English (very good Mr Felber 🙂

In Espaniol (mui bien Mr Felber 🙂

In German (Interview by Radio Station SWR)

Herr Felber arbeitet an einer Gemeinwohl Ökonomie und sogar an einer Gemeinwohl Bank!

Bank for Common Good (again in German)

Related Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_for_the_Common_Good