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Videos of Feasta & Smart Taxes Debt Conference


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“Designing systems for a changing world”

Feasta is pleased to announce that you can now watch free online video presentations by leading international and national economic experts who spoke at our recent autumn conference : ‘National Strategies for dealing with Ireland’s debt crisis – exploring the options’.

Conference speakers addressed critical questions about the future of Ireland’s economy – Can Ireland continue to rely on global economic growth to resolve its public debt crisis? What is the relationship between energy, the crisis and future economic growth? What about private debt problems including mortgage debt? Can the Euro survive? Should Ireland plan for a Euro-zone break up? Is anything to be gained by leaving first? Could a new Irish currency working in parallel with the Euro be a better solution?

International speakers included: US based Marshall Auerback (Roosevelt Institute Fellow & global portfolio strategist for Madison Street Partners, LLC) who addressed the quandary of the Eurozone from a provocative new monetary perspective; Prof. Charles Goodhart (member of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics & former monetary adviser to the Bank of England) who discussed the option of a parallel/ secondary currency model; Bernard Lietaer (author of ‘The Future of Money’ & international expert in currency systems) who shared his insights into the potential benefits of regional currencies within a larger monetary union.

Irish contributors included Minister Joan Burton (Minister for Social Protection), Fergal O’Brien (Chief Economist – IBEC), Richard Douthwaite (Sustainability Economist and Author), Dan O’Brien (Economics Editor – Irish Times), Paul Sweeney (economist with ICTU), Prof Ray Kinsella (UCD, Michael Smurfit Business School.), Constantin Gurdjiev (Adjunct Prof. of Economics TCD), Peter Brown (Managing Director of the Irish Institute of Financial Trading), Prof. Terrence McDonough (Economics Dept. NUIG) and David Korowicz (Physicist and Human Systems Ecologist).

Other contributors to the conference included: Peter Mathews TD (TD, Chartered Accountant and Banking and Finance Consultant), Karl Deeter (Irish Mortgage Brokers), Graham Barnes (IT Currency Consultant), Deirdre de Burca (Former Green Party Spokesperson on EU Affairs) and Emer O’Siochru (Architect and Renewable Energy Developer).

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