New Documentary & New Book about Money

Positive Money tony at
Thu Apr 19 22:10:16 BST 2012

Positive Money

After nearly two years of hard work, there's some 
real momentum building in the movement to 
democratise money and reform our privatised, 
debt-based money system. The next couple of 
months will see the launch of a new UK-focussed 
documentary about money (see below), the release 
of our report on the shift of power from 
Parliament to the big banks, the release of James 
Robertson's latest book, entitled 'Future Money', 
and the birth of a sister to Positive Money in Ireland (below).

Ben will be speaking at the JustBanking 
conference in Edinburgh this Friday, which also 
features Prof Richard Werner, Prof Steve Keen, 
Josh Ryan-Collins, Molly Scott Cato and the Bank 
of England's Adam Posen. It seems a few tickets 
are still available 

We're also seeing more economists talk about the 
ability that banks have to create money. At the 
Institute for New Economic Thinking conference in 
Berlin last weekend, even the Chairman of the FSA 
was talking about 'credit creation' (the 
economist jargon for banks creating money).

Next week we'll be making an announcement about 
something that will really speed up the campaign, 
and we'll be asking for your help too.

For now, here's the latest news:

1) 97% Owned - the New UK Documentary about Money on 1st May
The first UK-focused documentary about money, 
money creation and the privatised, debt-based 
money system will be released on 1st May! The 
documentary features interviews with Ben Dyson of 
Positive Money, Josh-Ryan Collins of the New 
Economics Foundation, Ann Pettifor, the Jubilee 
Debt Campaign and other people involved in monetary reform.

You can 
the trailer here:


The documentary will be available free online or 
on DVDs in two versions (60 minute version 
focused on money creation and potential reforms 
and full, extended 2 hour 20minute version). 
You'll be able to get DVDs from Positive Money - watch this space.

There'll also be a screening in London towards 
the end of May, and hopefully screenings around 
the country. More on that soon...

  2. New book 'Future Money - Breakdown or Breakthrough'

James Robertson is the author of the excellent 
book 'Creating New Money', which served as the 
basis for much of our work on reforming the 
monetary system. His new book has been published 
TODAY and is highly recommended.

the money system now is like the result of 
someone “seeking to build a substantial house by 
working spasmodically on odd portions of the 
structure on quite isolated plans, fashioning 
minute details of some upper parts, when he has 
not set up, nor indeed even planned out, the 
substructure which is their sole foundation

If you’d like to order a printed version, you can 
do so via 
Books (and support an independent publisher as well, rather than Amazon!)

3) New video - Banking behind Housing Crisis – Toby Lloyd

Watch Toby Lloyd, from housing charity Shelter, 
who was speaking at Positive Money conference 
about the consequences of the current system of 
money creation by banks on rising house prices, 
redistribution of wealth upwards, higher 
inequality and a culture of unearned wealth.


4) TEDx Talk – Changing The Rules of Banking

This is worth watching! Excellent TEDx talk by 
Simon Dixon on why changing the rules of banking 
is so important. 

5) 'Sensible Money' in Ireland

A sister campaign has been launched in Ireland. 
Paul Ferguson and James McKumiskey would like to 
hear from anyone else in Ireland who would like 
to get involved in growing this initiative. You 
can contact them at 
<mailto:info at>info at, 
and check out the growing website at 

6) Help needed: Translators

We need people who can help to transcribe (i.e. 
type up) and translate the new documentary  97% 
Owned (see above) so that we can provide 
subtitles for the hard of hearing or non-English 
speakers on YouTube (and get this message out to the rest of the world).

For transcription, you simply need to type out 
what is said for a 15 minute segment of the film 
(which would take about 1 hours' work, depending 
on how fast you type). If you want to do this 
you'll also get to view the film earlier than anyone else!

For translation, we'll give you a full transcript 
of the film and you simply need to translate the text into your home language.

If you want to help, please let us know via email 
on <mailto:info at>info at

7) Upcoming Meetups & Events

CONFERENCE "Just Banking" - Edinburgh 19-20 April

Is banking to blame for poverty and debt?, Sat 21st April

invitation by Dick Rogers)

Why Debt Is Not a Choice - Tue 24th April

Positive Money Meetup – Mon 30th April

Is Banking To Blame for Poverty & Debt? - Mon 2nd April

8) Latest from the Blog

Mouse Models” of Economics

of Cuts and Tax Rises Ahead?

Keen at INET (Video)

Easing – Transfer of Wealth from the ‘Poor’ to the Wealthy?

Personal Debt £1.457 trillion

Debt-free Money May Well Be the Solution

All the best,

The Positive Money team Ben, Drew & Mira

2012 Positive Money All rights reserved.
Positive Money
205 Davina House
137-149 Goswell Road
London, - EC1V 7ET
United Kingdom

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