We need more economic growth according to the widespread belief. Do we really need to grow?

 

Ralf Becker, born 1966, is a graduate in Business Administration and Economic Science of Wilhelms University, Münster in Westfalen (1987-1993). He won a scholarship from the fund for gifted students of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to finance his studies.

As co-founder of the debt forgiveness campaign erlassjahr.de and former advisor for the study “Sustainable Germany” he has been studying the international finance markets since the insolvency of Mexico in 1982. He was a contributor to the Club of Rome report ‘Finance and Sustainability: The Missing Link’ (2012).

Ralf Becker has a wide knowledge of various monetary systems and their potential for implementation, which he brings to his role as longterm coordinator of the Advisory Board of Regiogeld e.V. (an umbrella body for regional currencies in Germany). As a social entrepreneur he gives talks on the subjects of sustainable monetary and financial architecture and has lectured at universities and academies in seven European countries.

Ralf Becker may be reached here: becker.nrw (at) gmx.de

Leander Bindewald gained a Diploma in Neurobiology (2007) and a Masters in Philosophy and Economics (2009) from the University of Freiburg and has since worked on the topic of currency diversity in various countries in Europe and North America.

From 2012 to 2015 he worked as a consultant on complementary currencies with the New Economics Foundation , an independent Think Tank for a post-growth economy and sustainable economic systems in London and was the project manager for its EU-supported research project “Community Currencies in Action” (CCIA).

Since then, he has completed a PhD at theUniversity of Lancaster in the UK and works as an independent collaborator for MONNETA.

More on Leander and his activities here: www.CriteriCal.net

Stefan Brunnhuber is an economist, psychiatrist, a member of the Club of Rome and senator of the European Academy of Sciences. He is the medical director of the Diakonie-Klinik of Intergrative Psychatry in Dresden and Professor for Psychology and Sustainability at the University of Mittweida in Germany.

More information and contact details can be found at www.stefan-brunnhuber.de

 

Dr. Eva-Maria Hubert is an economist who researches economic history, monetary theories, monetary policy and complementary currencies and economic forms. She is currently developing the ‘middle way’ for economy and society in the 21st century. She is married with two adult children.

Publications:

  • Sozialtechnik Geld und Währungsmorphologie, in: Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 172, Februar 2012.
  • Wirtschaften mit gedrosselten Wachstumsmotoren: Die Soziale Plastik als Zukunftsentwurf von Joseph Beuys, in: Dorothée Deimann, Simon Mugier (Hrsg.): Schöpfungskraft Wirtschaft, Basel, edition gesowip, März 2011.
  • Wirtschaften mit gedrosselten Wachstumsmotoren: Die Soziale Plastik als Zukunftsentwurf von Joseph Beuys, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 166, November 2010.
  • Benoît B. Mandelbrot und Richard L. Hudson: Fraktale und Finanzen – Märkte zwischen Risiko, Rendite und Ruin, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 164, April 2010.
  • Zinsfunktionen und das Problem doppelter Inkonsistenz, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 160, April 2009.
  • Joachim Bauer: Prinzip Menschlichkeit – Warum wir von Natur aus kooperieren, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 158, Oktober 2008.
  • Marktversagen, Verschwendung und bürgerschaftliches Engagement: Versuch zur ökonomischen Begründung von Regionalgeld, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 152, April 2007.
  • Tauschringe und Marktwirtschaft: Eine ökonomische Analyse lokaler Komplementärökonomien, Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 2004.
  • Struktur öffentlicher Finanzen in Württemberg-Baden von 1945 bis 1952, St. Katharinen, Scripta Mercaturae, 1998.Eva-Maria Hubert may be reached here: em.hubert(at)arcor.de

Frank Jansky is a lawyer and the chair of the German Regional Currencies Association. He was born in 1967 and grew up in Genthin. He trained as a machine builder and after his military service studied law at the University of Potsdam followed by internships at various law practices. Since 1998, he has been working as a freelance lawyer. In his law practice he deals mainly with independent regional small and medium enterprises as well as citizens seeking legal advice. During his many years of practice he has developed various areas of expertise, including knowledge of monetary and financial law.

Frank teaches law on various training courses, is an official mediator, and chairs the boards of various voluntary organisations and corporations. As a member of the activist group Lobby Control he campaigns for the following demands: lobbyists out of the ministries; the publication of all information about the work of lobbyists in ministries up to now; transparent and democratic methods for employing external experts eg through hearings or other participatory methods.

Frank lives in Magdeburg, where he initiated the regional currency “Urstromtaler”, and is active in Friends of the Earth Sachsen-Anhalt. He is currently supporting the school project “WIR-Schülerbank” in the secondary school ‘An der Elbe’ in Parey.

Frank Jansky can be reached at: frank.jansky(at)freenet.de

Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß, born 1962, studied economics and gained his doctorate in Munich on the topic of the Great Depression 1929-1932. After nine years as a banker in various commercial banks, including seven years as an investment banker, he has been Professor of finance and political economy at the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen since 2002. In 2004 and 2006 he gave lectures on investment banking to the MBA course at the University of Maine, USA.

Christian is in great demand as a speaker because he can communicate his great technical knowledge to a wider public in an interesting and understandable way. He has given many interviews on radio and television and has published many articles. His 2013 book Profitwahn – Warum sich eine menschengerechte Wirtschaft lohnt takes a stand against the dictatorship of the financial markets and against his own fraternity – the economic experts. They advise the world’s governments and influence what is sold to the public as economic truth. With historical facts and current figures, Kreiß exposes the deadly Monopoly games of the finance industry. He demonstrates how in the past each phase of economic growth ended in conflict and chaos. His shocking conclusion: we ourselves are at the end of such a period. It is high time for a society that is just to people and the environment. At stake are human dignity and true democracy.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß may be reached at: christian.kreiss (at) htw-aalen.de

Kathrin Latsch is the executive director of MONNETA gGmbH, a journalist and freelance author for reports and documentary films eg for ARTE and NDR. In 2007 she received the Ekotop Film Prize for „International Sustainable Development Film“. In addition, she facilitates events on the topics of economics, education, environment and sustainable finance. Since the finance crisis of 2008 she has been working with the MONNETA network of experts, who advise on, research and develop sustainable monetary systems and social currencies. Together with Ludwig Schuster she developed the ‘environmental card’, an incentive scheme for environmentally friendly behaviour, which won a competition for citizens’ ideas in Hamburg in 2012.

Her short film „A Flaw in the Monetary System?“ explains the consequences of interest and compound interest, which is useful as an introduction to the basic problems in the financial economy and to possible solutions for example in lectures.

Kathrin Latsch lives in Hamburg and can be reached here: kathrin (at) monneta.org

Niko Paech teaches at University of Siegen in Germany as part on their PluralistEconomics degree. He is an expert in Ecological Economics, Climate Change, Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Sustainability Communication, Diffusion Theory, Innovation Management and Post-Growth Economics.

More about his person, and his contact details, can be found at his personal profile on the website of the  University of Siegen.

Ludwig Schuster, born 1975, is a project manager, consultant and speaker for sustainable development as well as an expert on complementary currencies and alternative money systems. He currently works in the ‘sinnwerkstatt Medienagentur GmbH’ in Berlin as a strategic consultant for eco-social enterprises. He has been advising start-up complementary currency systems in Germany and Europe for many years. He is engaged in the movement for the Common Good Economy and was a member of the Advisory Board of the German Regional Currencies Association.

Ludwig was a co-founder and coordinator of the Research Group for Sustainable Money – Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsgruppe Nachhaltiges Geld -and researches the monetary causes of the ‘growth imperative’ and potential monetary and political approaches for a sustainable economy.

Publications and articles:

More information on Ludwig Schuster here.