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Financing Our Future

Unveiling a Parallel Digital Currency System to Fund the SDGs and the Common Good

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Stimulates debate on how best to finance sustainability by providing a completely new perspective using the lens of Eastern thinking

  • Provides a systems-based approach to financing the future that includes interdisciplinary findings from behavioral science and clinical psychology

  • Introduces a parallel electronic currency specifically designed to finance global common goods and to achieve the SDGs

  • Unveiling the required financial mechanism to finance our common future

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About this book

The monetary system is the indispensable missing link in the debate of sustainability, and whether the current financial system can handle these evolved needs. To date, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) primarily have been financed either through the private sector, through conventional public sector taxes and fees, or through philanthropic commitment. Assuming a need of 4 to 5 trillion dollars annually in the 10 to 15 years left to finance our future, these conventional sources of finance are insufficient in terms of both the scale and speed of funding required to finance our future. Furthermore, the inherent instability of our financial system forces the world community to focus first and foremost on repairing and stabilizing the existing system.

The development of cryptocurrencies using distributed ledger technologies (mainly blockchain) has prompted leading central banks to study the potential application of this approach to independently create purchasing power. In this vein, this book offers a new approach, namely introducing a parallel electronic currency specifically designed to finance global common goods and provide the resources necessary to achieve the SDGs. Furthermore, this mechanism would have a stabilizing effect on the existing monetary system.

The book argues that one way this could be achieved is by giving central banks a modified monetary mandate to inject new liquidity into the system using a top-down approach. Alternatively, liquidity could come from corporate or communal initiatives with crypto- or communal currencies in a bottom-up approach. The author maintains that by issuing a blockchain-enabled parallel electronic currency earmarked for SDG-related projects and using other channels for monetary flow rather than the conventional ones, the future could be financed in a different manner. In the long run, abandoning our current monetary monoculture and introducing a monetary ecosystem would stabilize international financial markets, increase monetary regulatory efforts, reduce negative externalities, create a social Pareto optimum and stabilize democracies. This book presents, in the same spirit as Fritjof Capra’s The Tao of Physics, a Tao of finance—an outside-of-the-box approach to financing global common goods.

Keywords

  • Finance and Sustainability
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • SDGs
  • Blockchain
  • FinTech
  • Monetary Ecosystem
  • Digital Currency
  • Sustainable Development
  • Financing the Future

Reviews

“A powerful masterpiece.” (Mariana Bozesan, leading global impact investor; Europe’s Female Investor 2019) 

“A major contribution and a must read.” (Stefan Schepers, Secretary General, independent tripartite High Level Groups on EU Policy Innovation) 

“Ground-breaking.” (Felix Unger, President of the European Academy of Science and Arts) 

“A great story.” (Wouter van Dieren, Club of Rome) 

“An alternative view on financing our future. It is highly recommended.” (Ian Dunlop, Club of Rome; formerly Chair Australian Coal Association and CEO Australian Institute of Company Directors) 

“An essential reading.” (Frank Dixon, former Director, Innovest, Systems change) 

“Innovative, disruptive and provocative—Required reading.” (Michael Dorsey, Investor, Sunrise movement, of the Sierra Club; National Board of EPA (USA)) 

“Excellent and outstanding analysis.” (Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania) 

“Really innovative and disruptive.” (Charly Kleissner, leading global impact investor; co-founder of Toniic, formerly CTO Ariba) 

“A grand vision.” (Nick Silver, actuary; pension fund expert; LSE; founder of climate bonds) 

“The book that asks the right questions and provides the right answers.” (Cary Krosinsky, Brown University and Yale University; Co-Director of Carbon Tracker Initiative) 

“Brilliant insights, how to finance the biggest issues facing the planet.” (Ketan Patel, CEO of Greater Pacific Capital; former Director, Goldman Sachs; former Partner, KPMG) 

“Profound insight—indeed wisdom, a formula for global prosperity—a visionary book—the missing link.” (Garry Jacobs, President and CEO of the World Academy of Arts and Science) 

“Using sensible financial innovation for a sustainable future for our planet.” (Jan Kregel, Levy Economics Institute, Bard College (USA); former UNDESA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dresden, Germany

    Stefan Brunnhuber

About the author

Stefan Brunnhuber is currently an Endowed Professor for Psychology & Sustainability; as a MD psychiatrist he is Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at Diakonie Kliniken, acute Hospital for Integral Psychiatry in Germany. He has more than 25 years of experience in research, business, finance, psychology and sustainability and continues to work as an institutional and corporate consultant. He holds PhDs in both medicine and socio-economics from the University of Konstanz und Würzburg, Germany. As Full Member of the Club of Rome and Trustee of the World Academy of Art and Science, he has been involved in the field of finance and sustainability over two decades.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-64826-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)