July 5, 2013 – Charles Eisenstein

This program features a conversation with Charles Eisenstein, a speaker and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self, and Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition. In these books and other media he has established himself as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. The Ascent of Humanity argues that our disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of our civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education. He talks about what he calls an “Age of Reunion” wherein we have a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. In Sacred Economics, he traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has fostered competition and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. He argues that the money system will have to change–and is already changing–to embody a transition to a New Economics. We’ll talk about his analysis of modern society, and his vision for the future.