Ludwig Schuster, who advises many of complementary currency systems that have sprung up in Germany, looked at the role that money systems have to play in moving economies away from the exponential growth paradigm. He argued that, as different activities offer different benefits, special currencies may be needed for particular purposes.
Ludwig Schuster studied architecture and urban planning at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and is now living in Berlin. He was the founding member and co-director of the regional development agency REGIOprojekt and organised the first international conference on “monetary regionalisation”. He currently works as a consultant and researcher with a focus on monetary tools for sustainable (regional) development. His scientific research as a “currency architect” concentrates on complementary currencies, primarily currency design issues, energy backed currencies and applications for financing renewables and preventing climate change. Lobbying for “monetary pluralism” at federal level, Ludwig is collaborating intensely with the MonNetA Foundation Steyerberg, the german Regiogeld association and a great number of complementary currency initiatives in Germany and in Europe.
Recorded on day two of The New Emergency Conference: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World. Held on 10-12 June 2009, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland.
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