From "New Money for Sustainability" Foreword
- Joshua Farley, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
"There seem to be a dozen new books on sustainability appearing every week, lamenting everything from biodiversity loss, climate change, and environmental toxins to growing inequality and financial instability. Very few however tackle the role of our current monetary system in promoting unsustainable outcomes, and the potential for monetary reform to promote sustainability at a systems level. Ranulfo Paiva Sobrinho, in collaboration with Karla Córdoba-Brenes, has written a clear and concise little book that seeks to explain what money is, where it comes from, and how it contributes to a wide range of social and ecological crises. Even more important, it offers compelling suggestions for how we can redesign monetary systems to promote, rather than undermine, a sustainable future."
From our Readers
The ideas presented in "New Money for Sustainability" give light to many of us that find it difficult to find a way forward into a more promising future. It will for sure promote critical thinking on current development trends that are making it difficult for humans to survive on this planet for the next thousand years.Eduard Muller, Founder and President of the University for International Cooperation (UCI)
This book opened my eyes to the disproportionate amount of power the dollar bill has on human behavior. I've used the content and ideas presented in 'New Money for Sustainability' to change how I approach behavior change challenges in my career and in my life.Chelsea Biklen, Environmental Programs Assistant- Cupertino, California
The book "New Money for Sustainability" presents novel solutions to the environmental and social challenges we face as a society. I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot with the explanations on how money is created and by whom; I found specially interesting the Fureai Kippu case study and the idea of exchanging hours to take care of elderly in Japan.Dr. Pedro León Azofeifa, President of the National Sciences Academy of Costa Rica
About the Authors
Ranulfo Paiva Sobrinho
Consultant, Researcher, Author and co-founder of Sustainability School
Ranulfo was born and raised in the beautiful estuarine archipelago of Cananéia city in São Paulo State, Brazil. This influenced him to take bachelor's degree in Ecology from the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in 1994.
Since his first job in 1995, Ranulfo have been involved in projects with aims were to promote at the same time social, economic and environmental development. Due this fact, he is a pragmatic professional that applies methods with a solid theoretical foundation and that can be applied to solve socioecological problems.
He has a PhD in Economics from the Campinas State University (UNICAMP), but he is not adept to the main economic ideologies. He believes that to solve the complex economic, social and environmental problems that humanity is facing, we need a mix of pragmatic ideas, knowledge that comes from different scientific areas and real life practices.
He strongly believes that once people learn about money and learn how to design new types of money they will use this knowledge to create new sustainable systems to help them solve the ecological, economic and social problems they want without being dependent of the current obsolete financial system.
Besides being a writer, currently, he is (a) the co-founder of Sustainability School; (b) Associate Researcher at the Institute of Economics (UNICAMP) working with Ecological Macroeconomics and Decision Support Systems to Solve Socioecological Problems; (c) member of both International Ecological Economics Society (IESS) and Meso American Ecological Economics Society (MEES); (d) consultant for corporations like EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agriculture Research Organization).
Karla Córdoba Brenes
Consultant, Author and co-founder of Sustainability School
Karla is a communications/fundraising/community development professional from Costa Rica, currently living in Brazil. Since childhood she has shown interest in reading, music, culture and initiatives with social impact, as well as youth leadership, gender topics and spirituality. In recent years she discovered a new passion for community development, social and environmental issues and facilitation processes.
During almost a decade Karla worked for one of the most relevant environmental NGOs in Costa Rica, where she contributed and managed relevant Corporate Social Responsibility projects related with sustainability, local empowerment and environmental education, mostly around topics such as Ecological Footprint, Participatory Wetland Conservation and Community Rural Tourism. She also had the opportunity to be one of the non-governmental environmental sector representatives in the National Energy Dialogue to create the new national energy plan for Costa Rica.
Karla is one of the co-founders of Sustainability School and also the founder of Experts for Good, an online communications and fundraising agency focused on NGOs and social/environmental causes. She has a Master’s Degree in Community Development Management from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and the Regional Multidiscipinary Faculty of Estelí (FAREM), and is also graduated from the School of Communications, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).