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New book: Healthy Money Healthy Planet

Deirdre's new book is published and can be ordered now!

"Deirdre Kent's book should be read by everyone concerned about social justice and the survival of the planet and humanity." Prue Hyman, Victoria University

Healthy Money, Healthy Planet offers some solutions to a range of environmental and social problems throughout the world. The pressure for continuing economic growth has caused widespread environmental damage from the overuse of natural resources and destruction of habitats. Social problems are created by rapidly increasing debt in the form of mortgages, credit cards and student loans, and concentration of wealth and power. In order to reverse this trend and help to develop more sustainable communities, Healthy Money, Healthy Planet looks at complementary economies and monetary systems which have been tried in various countries, including New Zealand, and suggests how they could be implemented in the future. These include changes to the taxation system, community banking, commercial barter, voucher schemes and currencies with a circulation incentive.

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"Beautifully done!! It is without question a very important piece of work that will help enormously in community sustainability."

Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D., author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution

A clear, well-researched analysis of the dysfunctionality of our crises-prone global money-systems. A wide array of case studies and viable options for reform are presented -- from global to local. Kent has provided a multi-disciplinary roadmap for shaping healthy, homegrown economies linked worldwide by a financial architecture based on principles of fairness, diversity, social and ecological sustainability"

Hazel Henderson, author, Building a Win-Win World and Paradigms in Progress.

“Deirdre Kent's book should be read by everyone concerned about social justice and the survival of the planet and humanity. It particularly indicts the orthodox and 'sick' monetary system as responsible for much of the failure of the world economy to deliver decent living standards to all and advocates 'healthy' and varied local currencies. Full of fascinating histories of earlier and current alternative money systems in New Zealand and elsewhere, it is a compelling read and should be food for thought for all seeking new ways of securing a better future for us all.”

Prue Hyman, Victoria University feminist economist

Deirdre Kent in her powerful book “Healthy Money" provides a much-needed overview and critical evaluation of the reasons for changing our monetary beliefs and the theoretical as well as practical solutions, which exist on a global scale. Without losing the clarity and simplicity necessary to reach the layperson she has been able to include the complex issues surrounding the topic of money often ignored by the experts. With well-chosen examples she demonstrates how they can be resolved. This book is truly worthwhile reading for everybody who finally wants to understand contradictory developments caused by our monetary system. It is "economics for everyone" in the very best sense.

Margrit Kennedy, author of Interest and Inflation Proof Money

"Congratulations! The money-system is the most overlooked topic within the sustainability debate. Deirdre Kent is focusing on that and is right in line with our argument which is going to be published this year". Lieater, Brunnhuber Our future economy, money and sustainability, the missing link, a Club of Rome report, 2005.

Stefan Brunnhuber, psychiatrist and economist,

This is the most comprehensive book on community banks and complementary currency systems I know. Not only that - it is packed with fascinating information and is a delight to read.

Richard Douthwaite –author of Short Circuit and The Growth Illusion

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