Philip Beard

Philip Beard, Ph.D., emeritus professor of German at Sonoma State University, co-designed and from 2000 to 2005 co-coordinated the Global Studies B.A. program there. His interest in complementary economics stems from his extensive study of the roots of violent behavior. Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Beard has collaborated on various projects aiming to design and implement robust, sustainable mutual credit programs at the regional level. The current design, “Sustaining Capital,” forms an important part of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative’s long-term plans. Dr. Beard is a co-founder of GoLocal and serves on the cooperative’s board of directors.

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