Global and Local Sustainability – just references

Living with gratitude, acknowledging the gifts from past people, and the earth we live on —- open to change, finding ways to grow and flourish cooperatively and sustainably —- there is so much information that helps.

I am more than ever convinced that the Monetary system needs to be reformed, and that other reforms would then follow more easily, indeed almost naturally.

This page is a list of websites and other resources. It has been begun to enable my own research, still in progress, from techy to worldwide to idealist, from ideology and philosophies of life  to quite small. There is overlap in the headings, and the classification is impossible, but I am trying to collect and updating as I go, to improve my actions  [huge thanks to all open source out there and to free assets like Zotero]. Scroll down – click and search, and I would very much like feedback or additions – so please send them in, and please return to see new additions and comments.

How do I judge a resource to be one of real worth? A quick look has to show values of transparency, openness to contact, respect for all, and if actions are suggested they offer commitment, mutual respect and integrity. That is the aims are clear, so I, or anyone, can choose Yes or No to what is on offer. [Very many sites that seek income for profit, rather than reasonable payment for a service, fail the transparency or integrity test, sites that carry a Creative Commons Licence often pass.]

Update November 2019: Reading Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics [note he offers it free under creative commons.] Echoes a lot of my thoughts and explains them well. e.g we are in The Age of Usury but its end is near, he keeps meeting people who know about “gift”.

Click to reach resources that are partly categorised:
Technical e-revolution; Value-based Ideals; Economy/Monetary Reform; Conservation/green; Peace Process; Social Justice/Inequality; Various/Unsorted.

Thirteen miles from the mainland… but connected to America, and the World, this is Block Island, a microcosm of community, a place to begin. [But anyone can begin, the start point is where you are.]

Block Island is one of my “home bases” and is a very small locality. It thus exemplifies that change begins LOCALLY where people really meet, in the places where they are. Ideas do not create change, action does, and it happens locally. Technology / cyber space / software construction are wonderful tools for support, action and communication. The form these tools take reflects the values held by their developers.

Technological Design and Software Development – Open Source

These sites and resources can appear as though they are only for the initiated, but often their “about” pages demonstrate transparency and openness.  They also have guides for local initiative, so even the non-techy can see how the proposals could enable. Remember – a local group could need only one technician. Remember too, lots of people once had no idea what a telephone could do, let alone envisaging internet. The sites listed are all based on a philosophy of connection and common interest, so do look!! No one has to have all the expertise.

Meta-currency – Developing Tools and Platforms for open sourcing the next economy

Community Forge – distributes free software and open-source to manage complementary currencies and provides websites hosted or not. These sites allow you to develop and manage your associations more easily.

Ceptr is one of those audacious, world-changing projects which can’t be summarized into a shiny catch-phrase, but a lot is really hard to understand for the non-technical person

P2P Foundation say That peer-to-peer based technology reflects and holds the potential for a consciousness shift towards individual and networked participation, and in turn strengthens it. That the “distributed network” format, expressed in the specific manner of peer-to-peer relations, is a new form of organizing and subjectivity, and an alternative for many systems within the current socio-economic and cultural-political order. … read more …



Value Based Ideals and Philosophy for Reform Processes/Localism

A must read: The Wealth of the Commons – a book of essays that convincingly describes  a different paradigm, a creative way to live, honoring human social connections. This is published on the internet under Creative Commons license so you can read each essay online. Also look at Patterns of Commoning and numerous essays from George Monbiot in particular one on Common Wealth.

The Next System – a series of podcasts about ways forward:

Feasta” aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.

The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know – to achieve a sustainable new world civilization.

The Blue Economy e.g. look at their principles page

Economics and Monetary Reform

Positive Money – a Campaign to change the monetary system

The New Economics Foundation

Monetary freedom – A brilliant podcast on the Next System. The speaker’s own blog is in process of creation, The New Abolitionism.

Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability

Entrepreneurship in the Social and Solidarity Economy,

P2P Foundation e.g. see the resurgence of a culture of makers: relocalizing production

Common Wealth Trusts: Structures of Transition

American Monetary Institute

Conservation/green interests

Ocean View Foundation

Nature Conservancy
Seed banks and Sharing,,,

Peace Process interests

World Beyond War

Scottish CND

An incredible list of peace activists and references to peace and anti-war movements on Wikipedia (which is itself an open source gift to all from all who enable it) The first name on the list is Jane Addams – whose work during the first world war was denigrated.

Social Justice / Inequality interests

The Global Oneness Project is a digital, ad-free, education platform that has been publishing multicultural films, photography, and articles since 2006.

Wilkinson, Richard G., and Kate Pickett. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. 1. American ed., And updated. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press, 2010.

Standing, Guy. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London, UK ; New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Various Resources, Unsorted

many but not all form the online course Money and Society run by The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, the University of Cumbria

Wray, L. R. (2013). Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin Q1 2014

Positive Money

NEF, A Green New Deal (2008)

UNEP Global Green New Deal (2009)

Dyson, B. (2014, pers com) Personal communication with Jem Bendell

Ryan-Collins, Josh and Tony Greenham, Richard Werner, Andrew Jackson (2012) Where does money come from? New Economics Foundation.

UNEP (2014) “Inquiry on the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.”

Brown, Ellen Hodgson. The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity, 2013.

Bendell and Greco (2013) Currencies of Transition, in The Necessary Transition, McIntosh ed (2013), Greenleaf Publishing.

Ryan-Collins, Josh; Werner, Richard; Jackson, Andrew (2012). Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System (2nd ed.). London: New Economics Foundation. p. 178. ISBN 978-1908506238. OCLC 816167522.

Werner, R., Jackson, A., 2012, Where does money come from: a guide to the UK money and banking system, 2nd edition, nef (the new economics foundation): London

Simmel, Georg, The Philosophy of Money (1907)

Dodd, N, The Social Life of Money, (2014) Princeton University Press.

Riegel, E. C, The New Approach to Freedom (1976) or full PDF book:

Lietaer et al (2012) Money and Sustainability, The Club of Rome.

Adams, J (1787) Letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 25, 1787.

Standing, Guy. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London, UK ; New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2014.

BIEN, Basic Income Earth Network,,_The_First_5000_Years Or PDF of full book:

Some excellent explanations:

The Cobden Centre, a collection of writers giving a broadly Austrian perspective

Episode 1 of this podcast:

Grignon, Paul, Money as Debt III: Two kinds of money 6 min

Martenson, Chris, Crash Course:

-chapter 6 6 mins

-chapter 7 Fractional Reserve Banking 4 mins

-Chapter 8 Government money creation with treasury bonds 7m

More on Margrit Kennedy

BCCI bank of the CIA

Cobden centre, a blogging platform for Austrian Economists

First UK debate in 170 years in parliament

New Economics Foundation: Inequality and Financialisation,

Money as Debt shows all money is promises, even Gold money at the end of the day

Hudson, Michael, The Bubble and Beyond (Book)

Frederick Soddy, The Role of Money (PDF Book)

Rickards, James, Currency Wars (Book)

Money and Life

The Money Fix

Peter Joseph creator of ‘Zeitgeist’

“People Money” and free tools from

Wizards of Money Podcast 6 – Democratizing the money system.


Hearn, Mike, Turing Festival 2013: Future of Money (and everything else)

World Islamic Mint Study Centre


Davies, G (2002) The History of Money:

Ferguson, N (2008) The ascent of money , Penguin Books. Documentary:

Graeber, David, 5000 years of Debt (2011) Chapter 8. Audio is here:, The First 5000 Years/5000-debt-08-Credit-Versus-Bullion,-And-the-Cycles-of-History.mp3

Zarlenga, S (2002) The lost science of Money

Martin, F (2014) Money: The Unauthorized Biography.

Rickards, James