STARTUP JUNKIE UNDERGROUND
DATE: Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Pinnacle Club, 555 – 17th Street, Denver, CO.
SPEAKER: Bernard Lietaer, Co-Architect of the Euro


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TOPIC: Typically local economies struggle to keep their heads above water as they get buoyed around by national forces outside of their own control. Laws and regulations imposed on local communities often have no mechanisms to fund the extra work. This is what’s known as an unfunded mandate. And until now, unfunded mandates have been a source of great anxiety.

Money systems have a tremendous effect on the way we live our lives. Most often we are struggling to find the money necessary to pay for housing, food, and utilities. However it doesn’t have to be that way.



Local currencies enable more efficient “workfare” type solutions, as low income earning individuals can be asked to make at least a token payment for services in local currencies that can be earned by working on community projects, rather than for a scarce national currency.



Speaker: Bernard Lietaer. During his thirty-five-year career in finance and monetary system related endeavors, Mr. Lietaer has held an unusually diverse array of positions. As a senior central bank executive in Belgium, he was one of the two principal architects of the “ECU,” the convergence mechanism that evolved into the European single currency (“Euro”). In recognition of his leadership as General Manager of one of the world’s most successful offshore currency funds (1987-91), Mr. Lietaer was identified by Business Week as the world’s top currency trader in 1991. He was also a professional consultant for over a dozen years to multinational corporations on four continents; an advisor to developing countries in Latin America on how to optimize hard currency earnings; a Professor of International Finance; and President of the most comprehensive and cost-effective electronic payment system in the world.



Mr. Lietaer has authored several books on money. His first book developed the tools to manage currencies in floating exchanges; another one of his books was the first to announce the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s. More recently, he published The Future of Money available now in fifteen languages and The Mystery of Money He has authored with Stephen Belgin Access: Money Beyond Greed and Scarcity, (working title) which to be released in the United States in October 2003.

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