- away from Greed and Scarcity
Saturday, the 5th July 2003 (12:30)
to Monday, the 7th July 2003 (18:30)
and an Open Space Workshop
ImplementING global and bio-regional complementary currencies
Monday, the 7th July 2003 (18:30)
to Saturday, the 12th July 2003 (14:00)
at Lebensgarten Eco-village
Sixty years after World War II, we are threatened by a new war, by social revolution (e.g. Seattle, Genoa, etc), and financial collapse. These are the three historical methods of dealing with the pathological exponential growth in our money system. The Japanese and Argentine experiences with complementary currencies show that, in a crisis situation, new models of creating and using money can be implemented.
Therefore, the central questions to be discussed during the symposium and workshop are:
How can we create stable money systems as one of the fundamental preconditions for a sustainable economy?
What is to be learnt from the countries where different models exist?
Do we need more crises before the necessary changes can be made? Or is it possible to carry out experiments in a less stressful and dangerous political situation?
What are the necessary ingredients for a sustainable money system in terms of governance, decision-making, technical solutions, funding, and awareness?
We will discuss the potential of various concepts - their implementation and their contribution to the alleviation of poverty, social polarisation and environmental degradation.
It is time to concentrate on the practical, the implementation, the experience of action in the field, constructive proposals for governance and improvement of new and existing projects. To allow this we have arranged the following process:
Within the Symposium, there will be main presentations from the invited speakers, but also time to discuss their positions. In the Open Space Workshop, all participants will be given a chance to present their ideas and questions and the speakers will be available for in depth discussion in small groups.
Each day in the Open Space Workshop, there will be a session of a half-hour - before lunch - for short presentations to the plenary - on what particular participants would like to discuss in 2 to 3 hours during a small group afternoon session with specific topics.
Each group would bring back a short summary for the evening plenary session.
We suggest that all presenters bring questions and materials to support or illustrate their ideas, e.g.
Reasons for monetary change and your preferred solutions
Obstacles and/or support from politics, science, business, grassroots, stakeholders .
Experiences with complementary currencies so far
For the theoretical discussion that has happened over the years, please consult
We will be able to accommodate 60 to 70 participants. Therefore, please, register early.
In order to remain on our mailing list, please, send us a note confirming your further interest by
e-mail () or fax (+49 57 64 23 68)
Dr. Hazel Henderson, St. Augustine, Fl., USA,
futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, Author: Beyond Globalization Shaping a Sustainable Global Economy
Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy, Steyerberg, architect & consultant on bio-regional complementary currencies with circulation incentive Author: Interest & Inflation Free Money Creating an exchange medium that works for everybody and protects the earth
Prof. Dr. Bernard Lietaer, Belgium, former European banker & futurist, currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley, Author: The Future of Money Beyond Greed and Scarcity
Dr. Shann Turnbull, Sydney, Australia, Businessman/entrepreneur, reforming the socio-economic system, 1975 pioneer in the study and teaching of corporate governance. Author: Democratising The Wealth of Nations
As every second year, in 2003, the symposium language will be English.
Concept & Organisation:
Prof. Declan Kennedy, Steyerberg
Cost per person: Euro 250,-
Registration before May 1st. 2003 - 200,-
(For symposium only - - - - - 150,-)
Food & Accommodation
for the whole event
single room Euro 465
double room Euro 395
triple room Euro 345
hostel accommodation Euro 295
for symposium only
single room Euro 170
double room Euro 150
triple room Euro 130
hostel accommodation Euro 110
Please, register with
Ms. Katharina Weber at the office of
Lebensgarten Steyerberg e.V.
31595 Steyerberg, Germany
+ 49 5764 -23 70 fax: -25 78
and include a deposit of 100,-
as cash (registered post) or certified cheque
Mo. - Fr. 10-12 hrs + Tu. & Thurs. 17-19 hrs