Category Archives: Social Change

Sacred Economics of Charles Einstein: The Gift Economy

What a powerful short film! I wanted to pass it along.

This film is based on Charles Einstein’s book Sacred Economics.

The director of the film, Ian MacKenzie, says:

After reading Charles Eisenstein’s book Sacred Economics, which speaks eloquently about the return of the “gift economy,” I felt compelled to gift back. The best way I knew how was to use my filmmaking skills to share Charles’ work, and spread it to communities around the globe.
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Catherine Austin Fitts Speaks on The Money Flow

Here is an interview (already a year old) of an extraordinarily eloquent and smart lady who talks about the money flow in the American economy, and the deliberate financial exploitation of the American (really, global) population. This lady is Catherine Austin Fitts, the Former Assistant Secretary of Housing under George H.W. Bush.

I have to admit that until recently, I had zero interest in learning about how money works. For some odd reason, I didn’t think that it had anything to do with me. I remember having an absolutely miserable time in the introductory economics class I took in college, simply due to the sheer lack of interest. Consequently, I’m just now beginning to learn about the basics of money flow, which has suddenly become interesting to me in light of the big picture of what’s going on on Wall Street and with the Occupy Movement. Continue reading

Documentary Film “THRIVE: What on Earth Will It Take?”

Imagine actually thriving, rather than just surviving– as an individual, as a global society. I suppose we’ve been living the way we have for so long, that many of us are just now beginning to realize that we have been merely surviving as a global population.  The Arab Spring, the various demonstrations all over the world that ensued it, and the rapidly-spreading Occupy Movement are certainly reflecting our mass awakening to our situation. Not only are these protests very clearly showing our dissatisfaction with the status quo, but most importantly, they are showing that we hold the glimmer of hope that things can be different, that things can be changed. We would not be putting ourselves out there without this hope, this vision of something new, however tiny or unshaped. It is no small accomplishment to have reached this stage, where enough of us can envision the possibility of a new way of living, of actually thriving. Bravo! It will be the seed of our change.

I was recently made aware of the documentary film THRIVE: What on Earth Will It Take? which will be premiering on-line at http://thrivemovement.com, on Friday, 11/11/11. It is based on 50 years of research that aims to uncover the variety of issues that got us to this moment in time, and offers solutions to move us into a world in which we can thrive. Continue reading

Greeks Turn to Barter Networks: Sprout of a New Economic System?

I was so excited and inspired by this article! Perhaps out of necessity, the very beginnings  of the “beginning of the future” is arising.

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From The 2012 Scenerio: http://stevebeckow.com/2011/10/battered-by-economic-crisis-greeks-turn-to-barter-networks/#more-72502

Comment from Steve Beckow:

Matthew said some time back that we’d turn to barter. Thanks to Olga.

“With joy we are seeing the increase in sharing of resources with those who are most needy! The light this is generating is accomplishing much more than uplifting spirits; it is helping to speed the transition from the broken corrupt system to an honorable and equitable system. Another heartwarming development is the growing exchange of goods and services as a practical way to manage, and you will see that bartering as part of the new basis for commerce will be very satisfying indeed.” (Matthew’s Message, July 27, 2008.)

“We can assure you that after the temporary tumultuousness, there will be abundance aplenty for all! In the meantime, exchanging goods and services is an excellent way to deal with money shortages, and it is heartening for us to see how many are benefiting from a return to the bartering that once served humankind well, until unbridled greed entered a few dark minds.” (Matthew’s Message, Sept. 24, 2008.)

Battered by Economic Crisis, Greeks Turn to Barter Networks

By RACHEL DONADIO, New York Times
Published: October 1, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/world/europe/in-greece-barter-networks-surge.html?pagewanted=2&_r=3


Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times

Angeliki Ioanniti, a seamstress, runs a small shop in Volos and participates in a network that uses barter and vouchers. Such networks build on a sense of solidarity in tough times as people seek creative ways to cope with a radically changing landscape. Continue reading

Observations from the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2010, San Francisco

At the end of April, I attended the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2010 in San Francisco.  I went there in a rather open-ended way, simply to learn what was going on among those organizations driven by social mission.  I am a late-bloomer in social awareness; I’ve spent most of my life not really tuned into the global and societal issues of our world.  Now I find myself in the beginning stages of a project aimed at connecting science directly with global/societal issues.  I hoped that attending this conference could start to fill the big gap in my knowledge about the second half of that equation– the social mission.  What is it all about? Continue reading

Social Change, or How Awareness Spreads

Social Change, or How Awareness Spreads: What do biological self assembly and the 100th monkey theory have in common?

I was in a meeting with a remarkable group of women the other day, talking about the implications of ascension, this “shift” which we believe humanity is currently undergoing (if you’re not familiar with these terms as I use them, please see Chapter 11. Ascension).  The fearless leader of our discussion asked the question, how do we transfer this awareness to other groups [paraphrased]?  I took it to mean, how do we transfer the realization of our spiritual selves, our creative powers, and our times to others? Continue reading