Subscribe to Charles Newsletter Connect on Facebook Read Online Welcome to the HTML version of Sacred Economics. The full version is here in English, along with full and partial translations into other languages. Sacred Economics Full text of Sacred Economics in Romanian can be found here. Introduction: (German) (Swedish) (French) (Hungarian) (Italian) (Dutch) (Greek) (Polish) Chapter 1: The Gift World (German)(Swedish) (Polish) (Dutch) (Italian)(Greek – Part 1)(Greek – Part 2) Chapter 2: Greed and the Illusion of Scarcity (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Dutch) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 3: Money and the Mind (German) (Swedish) (Polish)(Dutch) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Greek Part 1)(Greek Part 2) Chapter 5: The Corpse of the Commons (German) (Swedish) (Polish) (Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2) Chapter 6: The Economics of Usury (German) (Swedish)(Polish)(Greek Part 1) (Greek Part 2)(Greek Part 3)
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Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development - Herman E. Daly - Google Books37 ways to join the Gift EconomyYou don't have to participate in a local currency or service exchange to be part of the cooperative gift economy. Any time you do a favor for a family member, neighbor, colleague, or stranger you're part of it. Here are some ways you can spend time in the gift economy, where you'll find fun, freedom, and connection. posted Jun 30, 1997 Start a dinner co-op. This article was published in the Spring 1997 issue of YES! Comment on this articleHow to add a comment – Commenting Policy
Exploring The Mastermind Technique For Goal AccomplishmentAuthor and personal development coach Steve Barnes begins a series of posts discussing the “Mastermind” concept–a technique of gathering and consolidating resources necessary for attaining goals. He starts off with describing a very cool NLP/visualization exercise he did with his daughter to help her overcome a performance block. “The mastermind is the only known means of overcoming a lack of ability.”–Napoleon Hill.A critical concept, whether we look at an individual, a couple, or a crowd. Whether the goals are internal or external, whether they are artistic, commercial or spiritual.This is so critical that I want to concentrate my thoughts here for a while. The primary definition of a “Mastermind” is: two or more people working together in a spirit of perfect harmony to support shared or separate goals.Let’s relate it simply to the first basic levels: An individual.The Eriksonian “Parts Party” is designed to create alignment between the different aspects of our personality.
First the SeedThe Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology Jack Ralph Kloppenburg, Jr. Publication Year: 2004 First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. 1988 Cloth, 1990 Paperback, Cambridge University PressWinner of the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History SocietyWinner of the Robert K. Published by: University of Wisconsin Press Preface to the second edition Download PDF (26.5 KB) pp. xiii-xiv Sixteen years after the initial publication of First the Seed, I am presented with the opportunity to revisit my work and evaluate it against the backdrop of subsequent events. Preface to the first edition Download PDF (268.4 KB) pp. xv-xviii It is only March 8, but I planted today. Acknowledgments Download PDF (94.3 KB) pp. xix-xx It is with mingled senses of relief and pleasure that I complete tis book. 1. Download PDF (1.3 MB) pp. 1-18 2. Download PDF (2.1 MB) pp. 19-49 3.
The Way Up is Down (by Charles Eisenstein) | Guest postsby Charles Eisenstein (Article from Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine, issue 29, February 2012) Something is happening to us. Trying to make sense of their awakening experiences, people troll the Internet and discover the idea of “ascension” – the doctrine that humanity is on the verge of a process of spiritualization, a transition to a higher, and less material, dimension. Implicit in the term is the concept of rising above. Rising above what, may we ask? When did rising above become something to aspire to? The concept has deep roots indeed, as old as civilization (though less old than humanity). All of this was original to agricultural civilizations. SACRED ECONOMICS: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein, paperback (496 pages). And so was born the ambition to conquer and transcend nature. Why is rising above a good thing? Perhaps what we need is not the transcendence of materiality, but to embrace it more fully. Charles Eisenstein
The Praxis, by Dirk Bruere (Book Review)I have known Dirk Bruere online for many years, but I only met him in person a few weeks ago in London. He came to my talk on Turing Church unlimited - Transhumanist Religions 2.0, on July 14 in London, and gave me a copy of his book The Praxis. The official description: Immortality in the multiverse, The Artilect Messiahs, The end of death and suffering, Humans into Gods, The rise of the unreal, Raising the dead, Apocalypse and Judgment Day, The validation of religion, … and what we must do about it. Dirk’s thinking has many of the features of a religion, but he prefers to use the ancient Greek word Praxis, meaning the practical application of a philosophy. Dirk’s book has two very important merits: it is short (you can read it cover to cover in a couple of hours), and it is written in clear and simple English. Dirk’s universe is the same as mine. Dirk has taken the time to write down his, our ideas, in a book, and a very good one. From the Introduction:
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