Challenge for Europe

To balance our food supply, we admit the need for very different elements, like fats and proteins, without wanting to measure them on the same scale. Why is it any different for the economy? Why use the same unit of account, the Euro, to measure the consumption of human effort and the consumption of energy? In doing so, we are damning ourselves to a dilemma: reduce consumption to save the planet by risking massive unemployment or stimulate knowledge to save jobs at the price of the ruin of our planet. To resolve this dilemma, the development of IT and electronic purses allows us to imagine money with ever more dimensions.

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The author, Pierre Calame, French, was a civil servant at the Ministry of Infrastructure between 1968 and 1988 where he occupied various posts of responsibility at the territorial, central, and international level. Since 1988, he has directed the Charles Leopold Mayer foundation for the Progress of Man, a Swiss foundation with an international calling. A specialist of governance, he notably has written: l’Etat au Coeur with André Talmant (Desclée de Brouwer, 1997) on the reform of the state; la Démocratie en Miettes: Pour une Révolution de la Gouvernance (Descartes and CIE and ECLM, 2003) which proposed that governance be re-rooted in the universal principals that emerge from experience; and Essaie sur l’Oeconomie (ECLM, 2009) which proposes the rethinking of the economy starting with common principles of governance.

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