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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Opposition to GMOs is Neither Unscientific nor Immoral

Is the engineering of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a dangerous technology posing grave risks to human and ecological health? Or are GMOs a potent new tool in the onward march of modern agricultural technology in its race to feed the world? In a recent opinion piece -- Opposition to GMOs Isn't Just Anti-Science, It's Immoral-- Purdue University president Mitch Daniels offers an impassioned plea that we embrace GMOs in agriculture. Daniels’ argument runs as follows: The health and ecological safety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is unquestionable “settled science.” Therefore, ... More →

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 Super Soul ... More →

The Age of We Need Each Other

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 numbers in August 2007 – its fifth ... 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 →