Thursday, February 19th, 2009 from 18.00-20.00
The Club of Rome EU-Chapter (Brussels) and the European Support Centre of the Club of Rome (Vienna) are pleased to invite you to the 55th Aurelio Peccei Lecture at the The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Sciences and Arts:
Professor Bernard A. Lietaer
Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley
Several key dimensions of today’s world problématique have a common structural cause: the imposition of a monopoly of one single type of medium exchange. For instance, short-term thinking with all its consequences (e.g. environmental degradation and climate change); poverty; and of course the instability of the financial system itself, are all programmed through some specific features of our conventional money.
The on-going financial crisis is an opportunity to rethink our money so that it provides the incentives needed to address the challenges of the 21st century. Concrete examples of how money innovations will be provided: to make long-term thinking profitable, how learning can be accelerated at all levels in society, how to motivate carbon reductions at the consumer level, etc.