How to Transition to a Just Monetary System, with Scott Morris of Ithacash and Chong Kee Tan of Bay Bucks

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Climate change and extreme economic inequality are two sides of the same coin, and our current debt-based monetary system is the enabler and driver of these two modern day disasters. If we want to successfully transition to an environmentally sustainable future, we must tackle the transition to a economically sustainable monetary system.

This webinar will cover what the presenters argue are the essential characteristics of a just and sustainable monetary system for everyday transactions, and outlines the practical challenges and solutions to starting one in your local community.


Speaker Bios:

Scott Morris is based in Ithaca, NY, where he has founded a successor program to the Ithaca Hours known as Ithacash. His prior work piloting a volunteerism-empowering system in Iowa was featured in the documentary “Money & Life” and now he works to spread the good word about the power and potential of complementary currencies. He is the US fellow of the Amsterdam-based agency for community currencies, Qoin, and hopes to see a robust community of practice in the US come to life around using these systems to make the world a better place. You can reach him via twitter via @CS_Morris and check out the Ithacash website at to learn more.

Chong Kee Tan has been an activist for 20 years, working in the areas of Asian democracy, press freedom, censorship, and -- after coming to the United States -- in the area of equal rights and sustainability. After the 2008 financial crisis, he began studying our financial and monetary systems, and quickly came to realize that these systems are the root causes of the most pressing problems facing the world today. He started Bay Bucks as a TransitionSF project in hopes of reversing the rising trends of inequality and making the SF Bay Area more resilient. Chong Kee received his BA (Hons) in Computer Science from Cambridge University and his PhD in Chinese Literature from Stanford University.


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