New Internationalist

Action

Issue 306

ACTION
...on MONEY

AOTEAROA/New Zealand
Auckland Green Dollar Exchange
Box 3813, Auckland.
Tel: 9 3012 24 96.
PLEBS
Box 21140, Christchurch.
Tel: 3 366 1992.
Prometheus Trust
PO Box 969, Napier.
Tel: 6 835 7128. Fax: 6 835 1628.
E-mail: prometheus@extra.co.nz

Alternative loan scheme.

Universal Basic Income for New Zealand (UBINZ)
Contact:
Ian Ritchie, Private Bag 11 042, Palmeston North.
Tel/Fax: 6 350 6316.
AUSTRALIA
Australian Ethical Investment Limited
Suite 66, Canberra Business Centre, Bradfield St, Downer, ACT.
Tel: 2 6242 1988 or 1800 021 227. Fax: 2 6242 1987.
Social Credit Secretariat
3 Beresford Drive, Draper, Queensland 4520
or
Social Credit School of Studies
Samford, Qld.
Australian Blue Mountain LETS
PO Box 125, Katoomba 2780, NSW.
Tel: 47 826 685. Fax: 47 826 035.
The world's biggest LETS scheme, trading an equivalent US $270,000 locally each year.
WALLETS
PO Box 7234, Cloisters Square, Perth, WA 6850.
Tel: 9 327 5924.
BRITAIN
New Economics Foundation
First Floor Vine Court, 112-116 Whitechapel Road, London E1 JE.
Tel: 171 377 5696. Fax: 171 377 5720.
E-mail: neweconomics@gn.apc.org
Campaign and research group.
LETSLink UK
Beneficial Foundation, Quinnell Centre, 2 Kent Street, Portsmouth PO1 3BS.
Tel: 1705 730639. Fax: 1705 730 629.
E-mail: LETS@letslinkuk.demon.co.uk
Website: http://www.communities.org.uk/lets
Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS)
504 Bondway Business Centre, 71 Bondway, London SW8 1SQ.
Tel: 171 735 1351. Fax: 171 735 5323.
E-mail: ethics@eiris.win-uk.net
Schumacher Society
Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EB.
Tel/Fax: 1803 865051.
Publications, briefings, lectures, seminars on green and alternative economics issues.
CANADA
The Committee on Social and Economic Reform (COMER)
3284 Yonge St, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M7.
Tel: 416 486 4686. Fax: 416 486 4674.
E-mail: wkrehm@ibm.net
Monthly newsletter Economic Reform.
Local Currency News
EF Schumacher Society, 140 Jug End Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230, US.
E-mail: efssociety@aol.com.
Though US-based, this has the best listing of Canadian and South American local currencies.
Economic Justice Report
947 Queen St East, Suite 208, Toronto M4M 1J9.
Tel: 416 462 1613.
Fax: 416 463 5569.
Canadian Community Reinvestment Coalition
E-mail: ccrcnews@web.net
Advocates bank accountability and community reinvestment legislation.
IRELAND
Irish LetsLink,
20 Beechwood, Bambridge, County Downe BT32 3YL.
Tel: 18206 23834
US
Economic Affairs Bureau
1 Summer Street, Somerville, MA 02143. Tel: 617 628 8411.
E-mail:dollars@dollarsandsense.org
Website: http://www.dollarsandsense.org
Publishes Dollars and Sense magazine bi-monthly.
Local Currency News
EF Schumacher Society, 140
Jug End Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230.
E-mail: efssociety@aol.com.
For full listing of US currencies.
Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO)
RR1, Box 124a, Stillwater,
Pa 17878. Tel: 800 240 9721.
Clearinghouse for whole range of economic initiatives.
INTERNATIONAL
Third World Network
228 Macalister Rd, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: (+60) 4 373 511.
Fax: (+60) 4 368 106. Features service and active networking.
The Other Economic Summit (TOES)
777 UN Plaza, STE 3C, New York, NY 10017.
Tel: (+1) 212 972 9877. Fax: (+1) 212 972 9877.
Contacts for groups around the world.
Kairos Europa Hegenichstrasse
22, 19124 Heidelberg, Germany.
Fax: (+49) 6221 781183.
Main European movement pressing for economic renewal.
The Social Credit Secratariat
16 Forth St, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3LH.
Provides guidance and publishes The Social Crediter.

Worth reading

By far the most eloquent and entertaining recent book on the theme of money is Frozen Desire by James Buchan (Picador, London, 1997). It's principally cultural, though.

For a radical, shocking and eye-opening exposé of how our money system really works read Michael Rowbotham's The Grip of Death: a study of modern money, debt slavery and destructive economics (Jon Carpenter, Charlbury, 1998). He's also a clear and passionate writer.

Frances Hutchinson, What Everybody Really Wants to Know About Money (Jon Carpenter, Charlbury, 1998) is inspired by the idea of social credit, as is Alan Armstrong's To Restrain the Red Horse: the urgent need for radical economic reform (Towerhouse, Dunoon, 1996). Both are thoughtful, inspiring and perfectly accessible to the layperson.

James Robertson is a writer and thinker to look out for and Future Wealth (Cassell, London, 1989) is one of his best. His recent Transforming Economic Life: A Millennial Challenge (Green Books, 1998) is also useful.

Dorothy Rowe's vivid and highly readable The Real Meaning of Money (HarperCollins,1997) tackles money from a psychologist's perspective, while William Bloom's Money, Heart and Mind (Penguin Arkana, 1995) takes a more spiritual approach.

And the beautifully illustrated Money: A History edited by Jonathan Williams (British Museum Press, 1997) is both authoritative and refreshingly global in its reach.

For an inside view, Soros on Soros by George Soros (Wiley, 1995) makes fascinating reading. The maverick speculator-cum-philanthropist is as thoughtful as he is unpredictable.

However, the absolute classics on the theme remain JK Galbraith's excellent: Money (Bantam, New York, 1976) and Georg Simmel's seminal The Philosophy of Money (1907, Routledge, London, 1990 reprint). Both are still well worth reading.

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