About

Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a preeminent scholar, author, educator, and community economist, who, for more than 35 years, has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on moneyless exchange systems, community currencies, financial innovation, and community economic development, and is a sought after speaker internationally. He has traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, lecturing, teaching, and advising. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and has led many workshops and colloquies in 16 countries.

He advises many community and business groups on how they can create “home-grown” means of payment (liquidity) that can save small business and put people back to work by shifting control back to local communities and compensating for the shortage of official currency that banks are supposed to provide.

Here are a few recent highlights of his activities

  • October 2016: Presentations at the International Forum on Inclusive Wealth and the Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A World Without Money and Interest: A pathway toward social justice and economic equity.
  • Panel presentation at the Mitzos conference on trade exchanges in Cagliari, Italy.
  • June 2016: Conducted a one week short course in Exchange and Finance for the New Economy at the Kalikalos Holistic Summer School in Greece.
  • 2015 summer tour in Europe: presentations and workshops at Kalikalos Holistic Summer School in Greece, at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and at Queens University, Belfast, UK.
  • October 2014: The Evolution of Money and its Potential to Improve Humanity, presentation at the Institute for Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, CA.
  • 2013, the Second International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems in The Hague, Netherlands;
  • April 2012: A New Paradigm in Exchange and Finance: The pathway to peace, justice, freedom, and a dignified life for all. Presentation at the Public Banking Institute conference, Philadelphia.
  • 2011: Financial Planning in the Emerging Butterfly Economy. Presentation to Financial Planning Association Retreat in Florida;

His other recent appearances have included the MINT film festival in Toronto; in 2010, the International Commons Conference in Berlin, Germany. He has spoken at three annual conventions of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), the trade association for the commercial “barter” industry (2006,2009,2013); as well as the Economics of Peace Conference in California in 2009, the Gold Dinar Conference in Malaysia in 2007, and the conference on Knowledge, Business and Consciousness held at the international community of Auroville, India in 2006, plus many others.

He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent book, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (Chelsea Green, 2009), is both descriptive of the essence of money and its historical evolution, and prescriptive of actions that can be taken by communities, businesses, and governments to enhance economic stability and vitality through liberation of credit and the exchange process. His previous books on complementary currencies and exchange systems are Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender (Chelsea Green, 2001) and New Money for Healthy Communities (1994), which describe voluntary alternatives to conventional money that empower communities and reward people fairly. His first book, Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis (1990) explained the dysfunctional nature of conventional political money, outlined the principles upon which a more ideal money system can be structured, and proposed a plan for solving the global debt crisis and making the transition to an interest-free, harmonious economic and financial world order.

He has written for a wide range of journals including, the Internet Journal of Community Currency Research, Alternet, Common Dreams, Reality Sandwich, The Whole Earth Review, World Business Academy Perspectives, At Work, Earth Island Journal, The Catholic Worker, The Permaculture Activist, Permaculture Drylands Journal, Green Revolution, Fourth World Review, and others.

A former college professor, he is currently Director of the non-profit Community Information Resource Center, a networking hub that provides information access and administrative support for efforts in community resilience, social justice, and sustainability. He maintains an active correspondence and major web presence. Many of his recorded presentations, interviews, and writings are available on his websites Beyond Money (https://beyondmoney.net/) and Reinventing Money (https://reinventingmoney.com/).

Mr. Greco holds an MBA (Business Administration) from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. He spent a year in residence doing doctoral study in Management, and Instructional Technology at Syracuse University. His work experience includes 5 years as an aerospace engineer and 14 years in academia where he held a tenured faculty position at Rochester Institute of Technology. His expertise includes monetary theory, complementary currency and exchange systems, computer applications, statistics and survey research.

He can be reached at thgreco@mindspring.com
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