Charles EisensteinAbout Charles

I often have difficulty knowing what to say in a public bio. On the one hand, I probably don’t know you (the reader) very well, and am uncomfortable sharing too much intimate detail about my life. On the other hand, if I leave out what is real (and possibly embarrassing) then what remains is a sanitized biography, factual perhaps in what it says, but phony for what it omits. That said, I will do my best to present what I think will be most useful in contexting the ideas I work with in my writing and speaking. Read More →

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Joanna Harcourt-Smith (E22)

Joanna Harcourt-Smith is a fascinating woman whose life story spans her origins in Europe's power elite to a marriage to Timothy Leary. Our conversation spans questions like, "What has to happen for hate to turn to love?" I'd say that is the underlying theme of the conversation, which touches on politics, despair, race and class, and the idea of "being useful." Also I think this recording conveys her extraordinary energy and presence, her tremendous zest for life and acceptance of what is. Joanna is a true elder. ... More →

Oprah Winfrey Interview (7.2017)

Charles and Oprah sit down and discuss the themes of civilization, human cultural evolution, how change really happens in the world, and the importance of interbeing. After two weeks, the full length video was made available only to Oprah Winfrey Network viewers.  You can view short clips of the show here: Link to the full Episode Transcript below of the full episode follows: Thanks to volunteer Marcy Gold for the transcription. A translation of this transcript in German can be found here.  Charles Eisenstein on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN ... More →

The Age of We Need Each Other

This article has been translated into German. Fifteen years ago when I began writing books, I had high hopes that someday I would be “discovered” and that “my message” would thereby reach millions of people and change the world for the better. That ambition began to disintegrate soon after when after years of labor The Ascent of Humanity found no takers in the publishing world. So I self-published, still hoping that word-of-mouth would propel it to best-seller status. That would show all those publishers! I remember looking at the sales ... More →

A Question for Everyone

The Alchemist's Kitchen in NYC on June 10th, 2017 Dr. Kelly Brogan and I explore depression, ADHD, and other pathologized conditions as a kind of soul-level rebellion, a meaningful resistance to participation in life as it is offered to us, today. This 7 minute excerpt answers two questions. 1)  how d0 I guard against over-identifying with the ideas I speak about, 2)  how does a person survive trying to unravel the matrix when the money mostly comes by participating in the matrix? ... More →

A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge (E21)

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. By "radical" I don't mean the usual leftist politics. Helena is a tireless advocate for re-localization, the reclaiming of the commons, and the importance of direct participation in community. She is deeply insightful in linking these to global issues. Having spent decades in Ladakh, she is also one of the first to integrate traditional and indigenous world-views into a coherent critique of techno-industrial ... More →