American Monetary Institute

2022 Conference

 

18th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, 2022

Zoom, October 7 - 9, 2022

Quick links (in this page): Schedule of EventsConference Materials / Conference Speakers / Registration 

 

Dear Friends,

We proudly announce our 18th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, bringing together some of the world’s leading experts on monetary history and theory together with some of the world's most serious advocates of real and achievable economic and monetary reforms.

The conference will be held again on the Zoom platform, which has many advantages over an in-person conference.

To accommodate international scheduling we will have two speakers on Friday starting at 7 pm CT-US.

Below you will find the schedule and the speakers booked including their bios.

Thanks and warmest regards, hoping to see you on Zoom,

The 2022 AMI Conference  Team
Steven Walsh
Govert Schuller
Tabitha Enriquez
Alfonso Saldana
And Joe, Bruce, Albert, Frans, Djamester,
Luciano, Mary, Lucille, Nick and Fernanda

 

 

Schedule

All times Chicago, Central Daylight Time (CDT / UTC -5)  (Time Zone Info)

The longer presentations of ca. 1.5 hours will have breakout rooms (BR) for smaller discussions

All presentations will be recorded and made available on the AMI YouTube channel

 

Friday, October 7

Time

Friday Speakers 

Title or Topic

6:00 pm

 

Start of Conference

6:15 pm

Lucille Eckrich

Introduction to Monetary Reform

6:35 pm

Howard Switzer

Song

6:40 pm

Steven Walsh

Introduction to Conference

7:00 pm

Zahid Aziz

Breakout Rooms and Q & A

Sovereign Monetary Reform with Public Banking

8:30 pm

Break

 

8:40 pm

Djamester Simarmata 

Breakout Rooms and Q & A

Economic Development and Money Creation:
An Indonesian Perspective

10:10 pm

Session finished

 

 

Saturday October 8

Time

Saturday Speakers

Title or Topic

8:00 am

Govert Schuller

Followed by just Q & A

Did Dr. Josh Ryan-Collins go MMT?

9:00 am

Ellen Brown

Followed by just Q & A

The Monetary Scene: The Last Three Years

10:00 am

Break

 

10:10 am

 

10:40 

Miguel Ordonez (English speaking with Breakout Rooms)

Miguel Ordonez (Spanish speaking - subtitles in English and other languages)

The Role of the State and Individuals in the Reform of Money and Payments

12:00 pm

Jesús Manuel Utrilla Trinidad (Spanish speaking - subtitles in English and other languages)

Uso del dinero soberano: enseñanzas de la historia / Use of Sovereign Money: Teachings from History

12:30 pm

Héctor Oscar González Seguí (Spanish speaking  - subtitles in English and other languages) Los dólares en efectivo en México / Cash Dollars in Mexico

11:40 am

Lunch

1:00 pm

Edgar Wortmann 

Followed by just Q & A

Review of Previous Monetary Reform Proposals

2:30 pm

Break

 

2:40 pm

Christine Desan 

Breakout Rooms and Q & A

How To Spend a Trillion Dollars: Our Monetary Hardwiring, Why It Matters, and What We Should Do About It

4:10 pm

Sergio Rossi

Followed by just Q & A

Monetary-structural Reforms of our Banking Systems at both National and International Level.

5:30 pm

Social

 

6:30+ pm

Session Finished

 

 

Sunday October 9

Time:

Sunday Speakers 

Title or Topic:

8:45 am

Steven Walsh

Welcome & Anouncements

9:00 am

Gabriela Dylis

 Introducing Monetary Reform to Brazil

9:15 am

Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

Followed by just Q & A

Money, Suffering and Hope

10:45 am

11:45 am

Bruce Woll

Steven Walsh

Who we are in a Democratic Society

Afterword

12:00 am

Lunch

 

1:00 pm

Frans Verhagen 

Breakout Rooms and Q & A 

International Transformation and the UN Peoples' Bank

2:30 pm

Virginia Hammon 

Breakout Rooms and Q & A

Write the Law, Right the Law - Questions about the American Monetary Reform Act

4:00 pm Break  

4:10 pm

Jeff Eder

Joe Polito

Followed by just Q & A

Monetary Reform in Canada

Survey of Monetary Reform Groups, Their Accomplishments, And Options For Making Progress

5:10 pm

Nick Egnatz

Followed by just Q & A

People, Planet and the Power of Money

5:40 pm

Switzer & Happy Hour

Song

6:30+ pm

Session Finished

 

 

Conference Materials

Christine Desan: Full Text of Paper

Govert Schuller: Full Text of Paper

Gabriela Strasburger Dylis: Translations in Portuguese: Stephen Zarlenga Pamphlet / Nick Egnatz Pamphlet 

Frans Verhagen: Abstract

Joe Polito: Speaking Notes

Edgar Wortmann: Powerpoint of presentation 

Bruce Woll: Full Text of Comment

 

Conference Speakers

So far we have booked, in alphabetical order (indicating their country of origin / country of residence), and with added bios:

 

ZahidZahid Aziz (Malaysia)

Muhammad Zahid Abdul Aziz, BA Econs (Exeter), MSc IBF (IIUM), is an Islamic Monetary Reformist who wants to assist the world humanity in an age where humanity is drowning in the common problems of life that afflict all human beings without many understanding what is befalling them. Armed with 30 years of experience in the Islamic Muamalat industry, and through his NGO Movement for Monetary Justice, Malaysia, Zahid fights for Justice in the current insidious Monetary System, which steals the purchasing power of the downtrodden, enriching the already rich; impoverishing the poor, producing unemployment of graduates and youth, depressing wage and salary levels and internationally certainly not enriching the poor. Zahid guides society about the true nature of the monetary system we practice, domestic and international which benefits only a handful of human beings but is built on the burden and suffering of the poor and the common men. He urges the Muslim ummah in particular, to think as always demanded by the Qur'an, and humanity in general, not to rely on the foundation of shaky knowledge and beliefs built on the pillars of injustice. Zahid is well traveled internationally in his untiring efforts to implement Islamic Muamalat and to uplift poor economies via advocacy of reforms towards an Islamic monetary system. He is the author of the books The Foams of the Waves of the Sea - The Case for an Islamic Monetary System and the Malay version of Umpama Buih Dilautan -  Suatu Hujjah Untuk Perlaksanaan Sistem Monetari Islam.

Zahid Aziz will discuss "Sovereign Monetary Reform with Public Banking."

 

pbi ellen brown in NY WEB 400x534Ellen Brown (USA)

Ellen Brown, J.D., developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. She is the author of 12 books, including the groundbreaking Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. The latter traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the public, and how the people can take that power back through public banks that operate in the public interest. Ellen’s 300+ articles are posted at EllenBrown.com. She also co-hosts the podcast “It’s Our Money” on PRN.FM and podbean. She is a Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative and has degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law.

Ellen Brown's presentation will be on "The Monetary Scene: The Last three Years."

 

christine desanChristine Desan (USA)

Christine Desan is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2014). The book argues that a radical transformation in the way societies produce money ushered in capitalism as a public project. From creating money as a direct credit (coined or not) that linked the political community to members, sovereigns moved to intermediating the public medium. They issued it through investors, nascent central bankers, and enshrined the profit motive as the incentive that regulated money’s production. Those innovations exploded old strictures on money creation and revolutionized attitudes towards self-interest. Desan teaches courses on the constitutional law of money, globalization as a monetary phenomenon, and monetary reform. She is co-founder of Harvard’s Program on the Study of Capitalism, an interdisciplinary project that brings together classes, resources, research funds, and advising on that subject and has taught the Program’s anchoring research seminar, the Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, with Professor Sven Beckert (History, Harvard University) since 2005. Recent work includes edited volumes A Cultural History of Money in the Age of Enlightenment (2019), and, with Sven Beckert, American Capitalism: New Histories (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Christine Desan's presentation is titled "How To Spend a Trillion Dollars: Our Monetary Hardwiring, Why It Matters, and What We Should Do About It." (Full text of Paper)

 

eckrichLucille Eckrich (USA)

Lucille Eckrich (Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo) was active in the American Monetary Institute since 2005. She is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University, where she taught in the College of Education from 2001 till 2020. She studied economics and African studies in the late 1970s, and then worked in Botswana for three years after which she did anti-apartheid and urban education work in Chicago. She came to a critique of modern money through her 1998 dissertation on Value in Economics, Ethics, and Education. Her first publication on the topic was in 2004 entitled The Inefficiency of the “Cult of Efficiency”: Implications for Public Schooling and Education. In 2013 she co-authored Ivory Tower Graduates in the Red: The Role of Debt in Higher Education, and in 2017 she authored two chapters in a book she co-edited called The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education. Those chapters and her 2013 article situate the student debt problem in the context of monetary critique and reform.

Dr. Eckrich will give an "Introduction to Monetary Reform."

 

Jeff EderJeff Eder (Canada)

Jeff Eder is a retired elevator mechanic that became interested in the money creation process employed by commercial banks after watching an animated video entitled “Money as Debt” years ago. Since then, he has read numerous books on the topic and went back to school to take micro and macroeconomic courses among others. His skill set as a troubleshooter in complex elevator systems translated well when mapping out our financial system as it pertains to government financing. Jeff co-founded Progressive Money Canada (PMC) in 2015 and the website was created in 2018.

Jeff Eder will be speaking about the PMC transition plan to a sovereign money system and how it relates to the American system in his presentation "Monetary Reform in Canada."

 

Egnatz 1Nick Egnatz (USA)

Nick Egnatz is a Vietnam vet, small businessman, and activist. His life as an activist began opposing the imminent invasion of Iraq in 2003. This opposition soon grew to include all U.S. wars, militarism, empire and the war on the poor and working-class facilitated by a monetary system designed to send everything straight to the top. The National Association of Social Workers named Nick 2006 Northwest Indiana Citizen of the Year for his anti-war activism. At last year’s conference Nick began a discussion on social justice and monetary reform. His pamphlet entitled Linking Social Justice to Monetary Reform is available for free at Alpheus.org. Those that would like copies to distribute are invited to contact Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This year Nick will be speaking on his forthcoming book "People, Planet and the Power of Money: Reclaiming the Ancient Lost Power, to Heal Our Planet and Ourselves." The book is an effort to challenge the morality, legality, and results produced by the present bank created debt-money system that the privately owned Federal Reserve System oversees.

 

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Héctor Oscar González Seguí is a social anthropologist of Argentine nationality. He is based in Mexico where he is a research professor at El Colegio de Michoacán. He holds a Ph.D. in social sciences and a masters in social anthropology. He has an interest in the social science of money in Argentina and Mexico, with a special interest in institutions and money technologies. He has taught courses on Urban Anthropology, Rural Anthropology, and Economic Anthropology.

Héctor Oscar González Seguí will give a presentation in Spanish titled "Los dólares en efectivo en México" / "Cash Dollars in Mexico." There will be a simultaneous translation available.

 

Hammon 1Virginia Hammon (USA)

Virginia Hammon is a facilitator and educator dedicated to improving our money system. Money is by law and we must change the law to change the money. We’ve made several renditions of an Act of Congress. However we do not yet have a simple, clear, comprehensive version. Her presentation is a review of the questions and issues that remain to be addressed, including the best way to frame the change to secure broad support. This session will serve as an introduction to a deliberative group interested and willing to research, discuss, and make recommendations for a best effort Act of Congress over the next few months. Virginia is the author of US Money: What is it? Why we must change. How we can. (2018), and with Mark Pash, How We Pay for a Better World (2019).

Virginia Hammons presentation is titled, Write the Law, Right the Law - Questions about the American Monetary Reform Act."

  

Ordonez 2Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez (Spain)

Fernández Ordóñez is a Spanish economist and former Governor of the Bank of Spain (2006–12). In 2018 he came out in favor of a radical reform of the banking and monetary system. He condensed his ideas in the book Adios a los Bancos: Una Visión Distinta del Dinero y la Banca (Farewell to Banks: A Different View of Money and Banking) dedicated to a public CBDC system). He runs the blog Dinero Digital Seguro (CBDC) and currently teaches on Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation at IEUniversity. He is also involved in the informal network of Spanish speaking persons promoting monetary reform (Difundir la Reforma del Dinero Soberano en el Mundo de Habla Hispana ) which was inaugurated to promote the anthology Democratizar el Dinero: Una Introducción a la Reforma del Dinero Soberano .

Dr. Ordóñez will address "The Role of the State and Individuals in the Reform of Money and Payments".

 

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Joe Polito has a post-grad degree majoring in Economics, Finance, and Human Resources. In 40 years of teaching, one of his subjects was Economics. In the 80's he was a fan of COMER and its promotion of debt-free money. After the Great Recession, Joe took a deeper dive, and after Kumhof's "The Chicago Plan Revisited", he decided to be active in promoting that vision by joining advocacy groups like AMI and Progressive Money Canada, and by communicating with good politicians and journalists.

Joe's presentation is titled "Survey Of Monetary Reform Groups, Their Accomplishments, And Options For Making Progress". (Speaking Notes)

 

  

DSC 5794Bruce Rogers-Vaughn (USA)

Bruce Rogers-Vaughn, an ordained Baptist minister, is a pastoral psychotherapist at the Pastoral Center for Healing in Brentwood, Tennessee (USA), and is a psychotherapy member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Bruce taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School for 23 years, serving as Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling prior to his retirement from the academy in 2021, and is now recognized there as a Visiting Scholar. He became devoted to monetary reform after researching the impact of debt on psychological and interpersonal well-being, and from his awareness of the emphasis on economic justice in the early histories of Judaism and Christianity. Bruce is the author of Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age (2016). His continuing work as a public theologian may be followed on his website.

Bruce's presentation is titled "Money, Suffering, and Hope".

 

Rossi 3Sergio Rossi (Switzerland)

Sergio Rossi is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where he holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, and is Senior Research Associate at the International Economic Policy Institute at Laurentian University in Canada. He is a member of the Council of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe and a blogger for the newspaper Le Temps (formerly L’Hebdo). After obtaining his PhD degree in Political Economy ( 2000 ; under Victoria Chick ), he carried on his research work on monetary macroeconomics. His research interests focus on macroeconomic analysis, particularly as regards national and international monetary and financial issues. He has authored and edited many books, widely published in academic journals, and is regularly invited to TV and radio talk-shows discussing contemporary economic issues at national and international level. He authored Money and Payments in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2007) and w ith Louis-Philippe Rochon he was the co- editor of The Encyclopedia of Central Banking (Edward Elger, 2015). For more of his publications see here. He was a presenter and panelist at the 2018 Swiss conference “ Our Money, Our Banks, Our Country – Money Creation in the Modern Economy” pleading in favor of the Swiss monetary reform referendum.

AMI's interview with Dr. Rossi will be titled "Monetary-structural Reforms of our Banking Systems at both National and International Level".

 

SchullerGovert Schuller (Netherlands / USA)

Govert Schuller is a Dutch-American author who writes about Jiddu Krishnamurti, Theosophy and philosophy. He studied philosophy in the Netherlands and studied under the Heidegger scholar Theodore Kisiel at Northern Illinois University. He has a masters degree from the University of Wales on the topic of narrative identity theory and is now a research scholar at North Eastern Hills University, Shillong, India. For 23 years he has been maintaining Alpheus.org, a website looking at spirituality, philosophy and politics from a critical, skeptical, and evolutionary point of view. He became interested in monetary reform after meeting Stephen Zarlenga in 2008. After attending the 2014 conference of the American Monetary Institute he participated in many of its activities promoting monetary reform. Govert is a founding member of the Alliance For Just Money and was one of the editors of its 2020 publication Democratizar el Dinero: Una Introducción a la Reforma  del Dinero Soberano,  a compilation of monetary reform articles in Spanish. In 2021 he acted as AFJM's managing director for six months during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For a while he has been cricitally reflecting on Modern Monetary Theory and some of his findings are here on the AFJM web site. The topic of his presentation is the MMT-like nature of recent articles by long-time monetary reformer Josh Ryan-Collins. The title is "Did Dr. Josh Ryan-Collins Go MMT?" (Full Text of Paper

 

Screenshot 2022 09 30 at 07 23 59 SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF DJAMESTER SIMARMATA with Photo.pdfDjamester Simarmata (Indonesia)

Djamester Simarmata's latest academic position in FWB-UI was as Associate Professor. He graduated as an engineer in mechanical engineering. He firstly worked in the Department of Transportation, then Investment Bank, before going to study in Germany, RWTH-Aachen, but he prematurely returned home, worked in the Directorate General of Highways, before finishing his study in France, and got a doctorate in public economics. After returning from France, he lectured at the faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. Starting from 1992, he joined a government consultancy office tasked with macroeconomics. He lectured on several subjects in different periods, namely Public Finance, Development Economics, and Urban Economics. He published 8 (eight) books on related subjects. One is about how to rebuild Indonesia after the 1997 financial crisis, where he questioned the possibility of development without foreign debt. He published many articles in local daily newspapers, journals, and magazines, some on monetary issues; also, in the proceedings of OECD, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. His first thought on the monetary issue was based on Maurice Allais’ idea. Then others enriched his views, before joining the AMI group. In 2020, he wrote an article in the Pax Romana Journal on the necessity of global monetary reform among others so that the objectives of Laudato Si could be realized. He criticized the idea of a unique currency system in ASEAN when he was a speaker at ISEAS. He published several criticizing articles on Indonesian high foreign debt and high total debt.

Djamester Simarmata's presentation is titled "Economic Development and Money Creation: An Indonesian Perspective."

 

Screenshot 2022 09 26 at 23 03 15 AMI bioGabriela Strasburger Dylis (Brazil)

Gabriela Strasburger Dylis is Brazilian-American and bilingual in English and Portuguese. Born in Chicago, she graduated from Evanston Township High School in May of 2021. Gabriela is currently attending McGill University in Montréal and pursuing her major studies in linguistics with minors in French and German. During the summer of 2022, she worked on translations from English/Spanish to Portuguese for the American Monetary Institute. Gabriela enjoyed this project as it complemented her studies very well and allowed her to explore a possible career choice. At the same time, she got to learn about the necessary world of monetary reform, which until then she has been unfamiliar with. She is appreciative of this opportunity and the chance to contribute to the important work being done.

Gabriela Strasburger Dylis will discuss "Introducing Monetary Reform to Brazil." (Translations in Portuguese: Stephen Zarlenga Pamphlet Nick Egnatz Pamphlet)

    

Switzer 1Howard Switzer (USA)

Howard Switzer is a Tennessee architect working in eco-friendly building methods and builds energy efficient, healthy, homes and has presented at the International Materials Research Congress. He is a founding member and was co-chair of the Green Party of Tennessee 2002-2003, serving many terms on the Green Party’s National Committee as a delegate from Tennessee, and has run for state office in Tennessee to give the party standing in elections. In 2006 he attended the AMI presentation from Stephen Zarlenga at the Green Party U.S. (GPUS) national meeting in Reading, PA, which confirmed his belief that monetary reform is critical to democracy and funding a transition to a Green Economy. Howard co-founded the “Moving the Money to MainStreet Campaign” adopted by the GPUS in 2007, and has presented on monetary reform at the 2013, 2016 and 2019 Green Party National Meetings. He is currently co-chair of the Banking and Monetary Reform Committee of the GPUS and a GP national delegate advocating monetary reform, as per the Green Party platform which includes the key elements of the AMI/NEED Act proposal, to be a central component of the 2016 GPUS POTUS campaign and is calling for Reviving the American Revolution electorally to reclaim our nation's economic sovereignty for the democratic governance of the United States. Howard is also a board member of the Alliance For Just Money.  

Howard Switzer will perform some of his monetary reform songs throughout the conference.

 

imageJesús Manuel Utrilla Trinidad

Jesús Manuel Utrilla Trinidad holds a Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a Bachelor of Theology from Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. When the real estate bubble burst in Spain, around 2008, he was a high school Economics teacher in Ceuta (Spain). All of his students and their families asked him questions about why the economy was going down and so many people were going bankrupt. He wrote a short article for them explaining that the problem had a monetary root in the way money was being created by commercial banks. Then he met Positive Money and saw that there was a similar association in Spain, Dinero Positivo, which was part of the IMMR. He joined Dinero Positivo and took part in the first IMMR meeting in Brussels. Since then he has been an activist for Sovereign Money. At first, he dedicated himself to giving talks to explain why the money we have is actually created by banks in the form of debt, and why that is the root of the problem. Thanks to his historical knowledge, he realized that the idea of sovereign money was already used by kings during the Middle Ages, and that it was very present in the ancient history of Greece and Rome. He knew the work of Stephen Zarlenga. Currently, his intention is to show how, since the Persian Wars, History and its events cannot be explained without considering the struggles for monetary sovereignty.

Jesús Manuel Utrilla Trinidad will give a lecture in Spanish titled "Uso del dinero soberano: enseñanzas de la historian" / "Use of Sovereign Money: Teachings from History." There will be a simultaneous translation available.

 

Verhagen 1Frans Verhagen (Netherlands / USA)

Frans Verhagen is a Dutch-American sustainability sociologist with a Ph.D. in the sociology of international development from Columbia University. In 2009 he founded the International Institute for Monetary Transformation and is now pursuing the development and implementation of the Tierra Solution, a decarbonization-based international monetary system with a money-based financial system and an inequality-reducing fiscal system. He is the convener of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA)’s Ecology and Peace Commission where he introduced the concept of monetary justice. He represented IPRA at UN Headquarters, where he was founding chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development’s Working Group on Monetary Transformation. His major publication so far is The Tierra Solution: Resolving Climate Change Through Monetary Transformation (2012), which proposes 1) a Global FED ; 2) a banking system without the privilege of money creation; and 3) a carbon standard for the international monetary system based on the monetary decarbonization standard of a spedifi tonnage of CO2 per person; and 4) the Tierra digital global currency with the Tierra as the unit of account. Dr. Verhagen is currently busy exerting influence on COP26 in Glasgow through a monetary justice campaign with the Unitarian Universalist UN office including a petition for a Glasgow international commission on monetary reform and transformation (read his offered NYT Op-Ed). He is preparing an updated version of his study " Ample Money: What, why (not), how and whither?" ( He should not be confused with the Dutch journalist by the same name who writes critically about the US ).

The title of his lecture will be "International Transformation and the UN People’s Bank". (Abstract)

 

Walsh Director AMI 150x150Steven Walsh (USA)

Steven Walsh’s background is primarily in anthropology and education. He has a working knowledge of Spanish and has lived with indigenous people of Alaska. In Alaska, he taught and wrote Alaskan heritage curriculum. In 1985 he came back to Chicago and spent the next 30 years as a curriculum coordinator for Chicago Public Schools and as a School Improvement Specialist at the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science. Steven was active in areas of environmental science, and along with others became aware that money was driving humanity off a cliff. In 2005 Steven attended the first American Monetary Institute (AMI) conference and has presented at every AMI conference since. Presently he is the executive director of AMI, an active member of the Alliance For Just Money, and he is active with the International Movement for Monetary Reform.

Steven Walsh will open the conference with a reflection on AMI and its future.

 

BruceBruce Woll (USA)   

Bruce Woll spent 27 years in the exploding computer and information technology industry as a trainer and consultant, from 1984 until his retirement in 2011. During that time he earned a D.Ed. from Northern Illinois University (1997). Bruce has also been a lifelong student of religion, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1978 writing on the origins of Christianity under the historian of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith. Bruce has spent the last decade and a half seeking ways to fight back against what he has come to call fundamentalized capitalism, most recently as a member of the American Monetary Institute, the Alliance for Just Money, and the Public Banking Institute. Publications include his 1978 dissertation on political conflict in first-century Christianity, entitled Johannine Christianity in Conflict: Authority, Rank, and Succession, published in 1981; “Locating the Study of Religion in a Theory of the Academy: The Unexamined Relationship between Jonathon Z. Smith’s Two Careers,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 31 (2019): 309-46, and "The Empty Ideal: A Critique of Continuing Learning in the Professions, by Cyril O. Houle," Adult Education, 34/3, Spring, 1984.

His presentation is titled "Who we are in a Democratic Society".

 

Edgar Wortmann (Netherlands) Wortmann 1

Edgar Wortmann is a company lawyer specializing in financial and property law. He is active for both government and industry and involved in the organization of energy cooperatives in the Netherlands. He conducted various projects focused on the circular economy, such as the ‘greenhouse village', a self-sustaining neighborhood, and ‘new utilities', area-oriented design of utilities with involvement of stakeholders. He is associated with the Ons Geld Foundation, which is committed to the reform of the monetary system. Edgar Wortmann provided the inspiration for a  successful theater show in the Netherlands concerning the money system and was substantively responsible for the citizens’ initiative ‘Ons Geld’ (Our Money) that got a unanimous vote in parliament of the Netherlands in favor of monetary reform. 

Dr. Wortmann will present a "Review of Previous Monetary Reform Proposals".

   

 

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