The purpose of this book is to present a set of new approaches and views
on the importance of the type of currency in social relations, and on the
role which can be attributed to the monetary instruments not only, as facilitators
of trade, but also as agents of social change.
Throughout this book, the historic and present day features of the monetary
instruments are reviewed and proposals made on the alternatives uses of
monetics (electronic money) in a coherent and democratic manner.
The topic is rather intricate but not complicated. Althoug dealing with
such an apparently dry issue as money, the reading is generally amiable
and within reach of any reader interested in the search for new routes
of social change. It is not a technical book, nor one for economists, who
may miss explicit references to classify it under any school of economic
Material has been collected to support the bold hyphothesis that forms
the basis of a reflection shared with other people who attempt to go beyond
the prevalent world model.
The book is an introduction to the over fifty years of research of Agustí
Chalaux, a French-Catalan industrialist. As defined by the Law of Felson:
«to steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal them from
many persons is research». He has «stolen» what he has
found of interest here and there, without taking undue notice of forms
or of sources. The result is an original analysis and debatable proposals,
full of undoubtedly stimulating ideas.
Martí Olivella submits, in a short, reduced scope and systematized
manner, the voluminous -but largely unwritten- work of Chalaux. This free
version is the result of many hours of talks, draftings, and corrections
which the author has spent with him and with other collaborators within
the framework of the Centre d'Estudis Joan Bardina during six years. The
book includes also references of research carried out, among others, by
Joan Parés, Magdalena Grau and Lluís Maria Xirinacs.
Because of the extent of this topic, the author has left for a future
book, the reflections and proposals based on monetics relating to the more
complex view of the exploitation systems, new paths for social change and
a new social frame which will lead to a reduction of the political, economic
and ecological malfunctions of the present system.
EcoConcern, which brings together persons concerned with
social innovation (ecology, economy and ecumene/intercultural
relations), wants to co-operate to echo the critical analyses and
the constructive proposals which may bring about an integral and coherent
social change. EcoConcern would like this book to be the first of a series
of other new models, helping to initiate a debate and research among those
who believe that we do not live in the best possible world.
In the environment of transformations and crises that we are enduring,
free from the weight of dogma, it seems important to find and work out
new solutions which take into account other variants that have been up
to now underrated. We can not ignore any new proposals that may assist
us in testing new policies in this period of historic opportunities in
a changing world scene.
EcoConcern, Social Innovation Association.