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Sacred Economics

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A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge (E21)

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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)

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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

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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 →
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Why I Don’t Do Internet Marketing

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I would like to explain why I always decline these invitations ... More →

Chris Martenson: Deep Wealth and Transformation (E03)

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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.”

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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 →

Impossible.com: Gift Economics (10.2014)

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Charles was interviewed by Lily Cole, the founder of Impossible.com in the fall of 2014. The topic was gift economics and gift-based platforms, but it went into other interesting territory. Impossible.com Interview ... More →
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A Roundabout Endorsement

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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 →

Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

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What I am offering here is not a formula at all, it is an orientation: to understand that to give is a deep purpose of one’s life and work, to contribute to something beautiful to you ... More →
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Localization Beyond Economics

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On November 8 I'm going to be speaking at the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Voices of Hope in a Time or Crisis. Those of you in the New York area might want to consider coming. Among the other speakers are some I consider my dearest allies, including Manish Jain and the rising Nigerian intellectual Adebayo Akomolafe, speaking in the United States for the first time. He is not to be missed. There will be lots of other dynamic, edge-pushing speakers there too. When we hear about “localization” these days, it is usual in an economic context. The word brings to mind issues of restoring local economic autonomy, supporting local farms and business, and perhaps revitalizing local ... More →
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Post-Capitalism

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In an interview recently, Aftab Omer observed that I seem hesitant to describe Sacred Economics as a post-capitalist economic vision. I replied that I am not talking about the end of capitalism, bur rather a transformation in the nature of capital, so that capitalism no longer bears the social dynamics to which we are accustomed.After the interview, Aftab probed a little deeper. “As you know,” he said, “the essence of capitalism lies not in the kind of money being used, but in control over capital in a broader sense. Why then do you not describe your thinking as post-capitalist?” One reason is simply strategic: the term “capitalism” is so fraught with a century and a half of ideological baggage that ... More →

Conversation with Polly Higgins, Oslo Norway

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Published on Nov 26, 2013 Charles Eisenstein and Polly Higgins: A Conversation ... More →
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