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Bernard Lietaer presents a compelling argument for complementary currencies as a means of increasing community resilience. Already in use in Brazil and Uruguay, the CCC system has a solid theoretical and practical foundation.

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Comment by Ken Cousins on March 12, 2010 at 4:00pm
Personally, I have a few questions about his definition of efficiency (economies of scale are only one means, and usually ignore the associated transport costs and negative externalities). But he does capture an important dynamic (narrow efficiency vs. resilience/robustness/redundancy); even better, he proposes a functional solution, replete with useful (software) tools.
Comment by Sue McGann on March 12, 2010 at 2:59pm
Ken, very interesting video of Bernard... I'm particularly intrigued by the counterpoint(?) between efficiency and resilience. I keep running into discussions of resilience and how it is the "polar opposite" or complement of efficiency. In engineering circles resilience is what allowed the space program to be successful - it was termed "redundancy" - having multiple backup systems.. In permaculture its using many elements to perform one function - or "don't put all your eggs in one basket!"
Comment by Ken Cousins on March 12, 2010 at 12:35pm
Here's a link to the software Lietaer references in the talk.

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