Heidemarie Schwermer
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Heidemarie Schwermer was born in Memel (former East Prussia). During World War II, she and her family came as refugees to Germany, where she grew up. She worked as a teacher for almost 20 years, before she left her position and became a psychotherapist.

In 1994 she founded the “Give and take central” – Germany’s first exchange circle. Two years later, she gave away all of her belongings in order to make an experiment where she would live without using money and, slowly but surely, she has managed to step out of the existing structures and find a new way of living, free of worries and possessions.

Heidemarie has published the book Das Stern taler experiment – mein Lebenohne Geld (“The sterntaler experiment – my life without money”).

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avatar Ursula Honerlage June 24, 2012 at 20:46

Eine außergewöhnliche Frau, die Hoffnung schenkt, dass es noch mehr gibt, als der Jagd nach Geld und Konsum und die es uns vorlebt, ebenso wie Mahatma Ghandi… DANKE Heidemarie!

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avatar Johannes Schwermer July 1, 2012 at 22:11

The community of scientists was laughing when Albert Einstein “invented” the concept of energy. Today we are laughing about somebody who denies the concept of money in the process of “inventing” the human energy we all do resemble. Money is a means to measure such energy. However, it is rather inadequate to determine the value of human energy. Once human energy transformations can be measured more accurately with the help of technologies the concept of money might become obsolete. And if that will happen, we will be able to find more meaning in life. I assume this is the objective of Heidemarie’s experiments of rejecting the concept of money.
It is a most difficult task to break free of concepts that have moneypulated human society for generations in order to discover what all would be possible.

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