15-19 July 2012
Teachers: Charles Eisenstein and Toni Spencer
The Great Turning starts here – another world is possible.
In this powerful course, celebrated author Charles Eisenstein takes a long, hard look at our civilization’s basic mythology. He explores its roots, how it has shaped the economic system we now have, and what it means for us as individuals and communities trying to build a more humane and sustainable society.
He shows how our economy is based on the myth of the individual, our sense of separation from nature and the belief that we can conquer it. This is in stark contrast to what ecology teaches us about interdependence, abundance and co-creativity.
Charles explores an economy modelled on ecological concepts rather than competition, scarcity and individualism and introduces the concept of the gift economy and ecology as a gift network.
Toni Spencer will join the course, fresh from her recent experiences with Occupy London. She will look at how a more connected and ecological-driven worldview might influence social activism, what it means for the true meaning of financial independence, how it affects the role that money plays in the world and the type of leadership models that are required for this new way of thinking.
In this course you will build and embody a vision of a planet guided by new myths and stories that reflect cutting-edge understandings in science and economics.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker, teacher, and the author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. A faculty member of Goddard College, he writes and speaks worldwide on themes of transition, money, consciousness, and social evolution.
“I consider Charles Eisenstein one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time. Rarely have I met a person who combines such philosophical and spiritual depth with such practical insights into the cultural and institutional origins of the potentially terminal dysfunctions of modern society – and the potential solutions.” – David Korten, author of The Great Turning
Toni Spencer is an artist, educator and facilitator. Her career started within the design industry: as interior designer, maker, art director and trend forecaster and as part of the founding editorial team of international design and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper. During her years as design editor there, in the midst of success and the power to decide which designer, architect or material was ’in’, she followed a deep awakening to the urgent need for a more ecological culture. Having shifted her practice, recent work includes time as a lecturer and course leader in Eco Design, at Goldsmiths College; work as a freelance consultant and most recently was on the faculty at Schumacher College. She is an Associate of Embercombe, is involved in the Transition Towns movement and is an Associate of Encounters. As an avid forager, Toni brings her passion for the wild and the marginal in to all aspects of her work. She has a BA in Fine Art, and a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice, a Permaculture Diploma.
Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein – A Short Film
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