Low-impact money links

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Useful Organisations

Bank of England Bulletin: Money in the modern economy – an introduction; explains how money is created, if you find it difficult to believe
Ethex helping people invest in socially-beneficial businesses and projects, and receive a better return than from a bank

Ethical Investment Research Services
independent research into the social, environmental and ethical performance of companies
Ethiscore rates companies and products against a range of environmental and ethical criteria
Fair Pensions campaigning to ensure that pension funds do not invest in unethical practices such as child labour
FEASTA exploring possibilities for a sustainable economy
institute for Leadership and Sustainability IFLAS run a regular MOOC (massive open online course) about money – it’s free and very enlightening
International Movement for Monetary Reform Network of organisations in several countries educating their populations about the corrupt monetary system
Monneta charity founded by the late, great Margrit Kennedy, to promote alternatives to the current financial system; lots of useful resources
Move Your Money not-for-profit organisation working to raise awareness about the broad range of financial institutions available to customers in the UK
New Economics Foundation radical think tank challenging the dominant global economic ideas
Positive Money Group that explains the money system well – lots of information on their website; their solution is to take the power to create money out of the hands of private banks and to give it to a public body.
Wedge Card loyalty card for local shops – only in London at the moment

Blogs & information

(not saying we agree with everything they say, but they’re all very interesting)
Alastair McIntosh Article on the history of usury prohibition
Automatic Earth Nicole Foss’s blog
Bernard Lietaer advocates currency reform, especially complementary or local currencies
Debunking Economics Steve Keen’s website – critic on neoclassical economics, and one of the few who predicted the 2008 crash
the Ecology of Money read Richard Douthwaite’s book online
Exorbitant privilege the benefit US businesses get from the dollar being the global reserve currency; other countries need dollars, especially to buy oil; the dollar maintains a high value; raw materials and products from overseas are relatively cheap for US businesses and consumers
Islamic Finance debate on usury-free banking
Michael Hudson analysis of the geo-political machinations of global economics
the Money Project all the world’s money and markets in one incredible visualisation
The Role of Money – what it should be contrasted with what it has become full text of a book by Frederick Soddy, critical of economic growth and fractional reserve banking
Rolling Stone Famous Matt Taibbi ‘giant vampire squid’ article about Goldman Sachs’ political influences

Low-impact banks & financial institutions

Abundance invest in renewable energy rather than ISAs etc.
Climate Sure carbon-neutral insurance
Ecology Building Society ethical savings, and funding for sustainable building projects
The Ethical Investment Co-operative co-operative dedicated to ethically and socially responsible investment
NatureSave Insurance specialise in insuring environmental and not-for-profit organisations; 10% of premiums invested in environmental projects
Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment

 

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