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Living in the Gift

Living in the Gift

Essay
Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and condensation? Or is it to water life? Why do you seek to pour forth your song? Is it to show off your genetic fitness to attract a mate, or is it to contribute to a more beautiful world? We may fear those first answers but it is the second that carries the ring of truth. Every culture, as far as I know, has something that I call a Story of the World. That story is a ... More →
Our New, Happy Life? The Ideology of Development

Our New, Happy Life? The Ideology of Development

Essay
This essay originally appeared in Tikkun. In George Orwell’s 1984, there is a moment when the Party announces an “increase” in the chocolate ration – from thirty grams to twenty. No one except for the protagonist, Winston, seems to notice that the ration has gone down not up. ‘Comrades!’ cried an eager youthful voice. ‘Attention, comrades! We have glorious news for you. We have won the battle for production! Returns now completed of the output of all classes of consumption goods show that the standard of living has risen by no less than 20 percent over the past year. All over Oceania this morning there were irrepressible spontaneous demonstrations when workers marched out of factories and offices and paraded through the ... More →
A Worldview Apart Podcast (2018)

A Worldview Apart Podcast (2018)

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ASystems Thinking, Gift Economies, Agonizing over Debt, and Investigating the Roots of the Stories We Tell Ourselves, with Charles Eisenstein In this episode Charles talks about systems thinking, societal collapse, investigating the roots of the stories we tell ourselves, living in the gift economy, and about being trapped beneath debt, among other things ... More →
Sounds True (2018)

Sounds True (2018)

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Tami Simon, Sounds True's founder and publisher interviewed Charles for the podcast Insights at the Edge. For this series, Tami interviews spiritual teachers, visionary writers, healing professionals, and change-makers about their newest work and current challenges—the growing edge of their inner life and outer contribution. The focus is on the nature of authentic growth and transformation—and what that means on a day-to-day basis ... More →
The Daily Banter (2018)

The Daily Banter (2018)

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In the Bantercast, Ben and Michael talk with famed author and speaker Charles Eisenstein about the growing identity crisis we are facing in the West. What is the origin of wrongness in the world? How can we live more meaningful lives, and what can we do to fulfill our potential? ... More →

Sacred Economics

Video

A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge (E21)

Podcast
This is a conversation with the political thinker and activist Helena Norberg-Hodge. She had a huge radicalizing influence on my political thinking through her film Ancient Futures ... More →
An Evening with Satish Kumar (E20)

An Evening with Satish Kumar (E20)

Podcast
Satish Kumar is, in the truest sense of the word, an elder in the peace and ecology movement. To me personally, he is one of those deep allies who confirms that the most radical ideas I work with are not in fact crazy ... More →
Scale in the Story of Interbeing

Scale in the Story of Interbeing

Essay
Let me present a logic that has immersed me ever since I became aware of the state of the planet as a teenager: The world has some big problems right now. The crisis is urgent. There is no time to indulge in small, insignificant solutions that will be swept away by the tsunami of climate change, economic meltdown, nuclear holocaust, resource-scarcity fueled wars, and so forth. We need big solutions to big problems. Therefore, whatever you do on a local level, you’d better make sure it is scalable. You’d better make sure it can go viral, because otherwise its impact will be trivial. Contained within this logic is an implicit hierarchy that values the contributions of some people — and some kinds ... More →
Communication

Why I Don’t Do Internet Marketing

Short Reflection
I would like to explain why I always decline these invitations ... More →
Michael Stone Interview: Charles, Zoe Alowan, and Bill Kauth

Michael Stone Interview: Charles, Zoe Alowan, and Bill Kauth

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Michael Stone Conversations:  Michael sits down with Charles, Zoe Alowan, and Bill Kauth to discuss alternative economics in the changing story of our time. Zoe Alowan has been actively engaged in sacred art for many decades. As a painter, sculptor, dancer and storyteller, her work explores transformation and healing. Her life is about reclaiming essence wisdom. She utilizes the inspiration of the divine feminine, humor, song and ritual movement as ways of celebrating wholeness. She has taught at Esalen and Naropa Institute, facilitates women’s groups, singing circles as well as intuitive process painting retreats. Bill Kauth was working as a psychotherapist and business consultant in 1984 when he conceived and co-founded the New Warrior Training Adventure, not presented by the ... More →
Chris Martenson: Deep Wealth and Transformation (E03)

Chris Martenson: Deep Wealth and Transformation (E03)

Podcast
A conversation with Chris Martenson, creator of the Crash Course, who like I have has moved beyond (way beyond) economics to explore systems change and narrative change. We talk about real wealth and fake wealth, community, technology, healing, and the impossible. A deep dive! ... More →
“Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay.”

“Don’t Owe. Won’t Pay.”

Essay
The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. But what if this is just a story? ... More →
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A Roundabout Endorsement

Short Reflection
Quite often when I am engaged as a speaker at a physical or online event I am asked to “send at least three email blasts” or otherwise assist in marketing the event. Equally often, friends and acquaintances ask me to promote their events on my newsletter or Facebook page.I usually feel reluctant to comply with such requests. The main reason is NOT that I don’t want to pollute my channel with marketing, nor is it that people are already inundated with too much of it. It is that I don’t feel comfortable with someone else borrowing my voice to say something that is not my own truth. For example, if I tell you, “Check out this webinar,” I am implying ... More →

Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love

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Directed by Ian MacKenzie ... More →
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