The Swiss Federal Council has announced the date of the Sovereign Money Initiative referendum: It will be 10th June 2018.
About a month before this date, all Swiss voters will be sent a ballot paper and a booklet explaining the Sovereign Money Initiative, with arguments against from the Federal Council and Parliament and arguments for from the Sovereign Money Initiative committee.
This is already a huge success for us: every voting age Swiss citizen will at the very least become aware that the current money and banking system is not a "given" like a law of nature, but something that can be changed - and that this change is seen as a necessary and important reform by many people.
Swiss voters will go to the ballot on 10th June 2018, to vote on whether the Swiss National Bank should be the sole organisation that is allowed to create Swiss francs. Our market research has shown that the more people who know about this, the more they will vote for it. However, the market research has also shown that most people have not yet heard about it. Our campaign will therefore aim to explain the money system and our proposed changes to as many Swiss voters as possible before the date of the referendum.
The Sovereign Money Initiative depends on private individual donations. We want to inform the public with media relations, street campaigns, posters, social media campaigns and information newspapers. But in the struggle for votes we are a David against the multi-million Goliath. Since the Sovereign Money Initiative abolishes a billion-Swiss franc privilege, there will be an exceptionally well-funded counter-campaign. Economiesuisse and the Bankers Association are expected to spend up to 10 million. We don't need that much, but we do need something.
If you are able to support our campaign financially, your support would be greatly appreciated.
With CHF 50 we can have 2000 flyers printed.
With CHF 250, we can distribute an information newspaper to 2000 households.
With CHF 500, a day of action can take place with our six-metre-large piggy-bank.
With CHF 1000 we can reach 200,000 people on Facebook.
You can donate using PayPal or by transferring money to our Postfinance account: Vollgeld-Initiative, Postfinance 60-354546-4, BIC POFICHBEXXX , IBAN CH61 0900 0000 6035 4546 4
There is a possibility of offseting donations against tax for Swiss and German taxpayers: please get in touch if this applies to you by emailing email@example.com.
The conference “Our Money, Our Banks, Our Country” that took place on took 5th February 2018 was a sell-out and a big success. The current financial system and its shortcomings were explained by world experts including Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, Prof. Laurence Kotlikoff, according to "The Economist" one of the most influential economists in the world, and Prof Richard Werner who coined the term "quanitiative easing". Later the Sovereign Money reform was hotly debated with experts including Prof Joseph Huber and highly influntial Swiss thought-leaders, speaking both for and against a Sovereign Money reform.
A poll was taken from the participants before the start and at the end of the conference, asking participants if they would vote "Yes", "No" or "undecided" to a Sovereign Money reform. The results of the poll:
Conference start 51.3% Yes I 22.4% No I 26.3% undecided
Conference end 58.0% Yes I 27.3% No I 14.7% undecided
You can also see the complete picture gallery on the GDI website.
Christoph Pfluger, a Swiss writer and journalist, has written an excellent article on the conference. You can read it in the original German here, or my English translation here.
Handelsblatt Global has an article about the conference here.
The conference was also a good opportunity for networking, and I would like to thank those of you who travelled to Switzerland especially to be there.
Other ways of helping:
Tell any Swiss contacts you have about the referendum
Let people know about the referendum in Switzerland - talk about it and write blogs about it.
Please get in touch if you can translate from English or German into French at a high technical level regarding monetary reform
If you are a social media expert and you would like to help please get in touch.