9. (2012 November) What You Can Do: Living the New Economy Conference

Living the New Economy
Granville Island (Vancouver, BC)
Nov. 19-25

Living the New Economy is hosted by the Healing Cities Institute – a not-for-profit society dedicated to making cities places that enhance our physical, social, mental and spiritual health. Much of the Institute’s focus is on the importance of physical place, such as those things being explored in the program’s design charrette and walkshop. Since cities are made up of people and few things impact our social and mental health more than money, exploring ideas for different dimensions and approaches to the economy is key to the diversity, sustainable prosperity and health of any community.

Anchor speaker Charles Eisenstein will set the tone and open the conversation for the week drawing from his work for the book Sacred Economics, a lucid, clear and practical discussion of the history, issues and resolutions of our current economic state.

For information, go to http://neweconomy.ca/

4 thoughts on “9. (2012 November) What You Can Do: Living the New Economy Conference

  1. I have already come across this website and its leader Charles Eidlesten.
    What appears to be an organization for new, clean economics discussion, rapidly changes into a Christain driven propoganda one. If you like this kind of economics, please follow. Frankly I don’t!

  2. I just want to offer a correction to what David Chester has said. The theological position that Charles Eisenstein occupies is definitely **not** Christian. It is closer to Buddhist or Daoist than Christian, but a more accurate understanding of his outlook would consider him a proponent of New Age spirituality, which is hard to define with precision.
    In his second book, Sacred Economics, he writes explicitly about the need to collect economic rent for public purposes. See item 2 in chapter 17 of that book, which can be read online at http://sacred-economics.com/sacred-economics-chapter-17-summary-and-roadmap/. Eisenstein says, “Measures such as Georgist land-value taxes, leasing of mineral rights, and the use of the subjects of economic rent as a currency backing as described in this book are ways to return economic rents to the people, so that private interests can only profit by using property well, not by merely owning it.” Most of his action items are about reform of monetary systems, but two of them are about taxation: rent taxation and Pigouvian taxes on pollution and other social harms.
    I personally believe that Eisenstein’s earlier book, The Ascent of Humanity, is superior to Sacred Economics. But the earlier one makes no mention of Georgist thought, so it is presumably not the one that Georgists would promote.
    Regardless of one’s personal views on what Charles Eisenstein says on a variety of subjects, Georgists should be cognizant that he is bringing a portion of our message to a far wider audience than anyone since Henry George has managed to do. We can sure that if anyone ever creates a large audience that is interested in Georgist philosophy, it will be cloaked in a philosophy that might or might not be to our liking. One of the reasons Henry George was successful was that he wrote in a style of Christian evangelicalism (what later became known as the “Social Gospel” movement) that resonated with a large segment of the population in the late 19th century. Charles Eisenstein has written two books that will resonate with many Americans and Europeans in a post-Christian era. We should be applauding his efforts and supporting his work in whatever ways we can.

  3. Chuck got his material from the School of Living, near his PA home (after my time at SOL), where several Georgists have lived. He laid out his intellectual lineage for me when I interviewed him for local TV when he came to Portland OR. A good guy.

  4. I attended a presentation given by Charles Eisenstein in my home town Totnes (Devon, UK) several months ago. It was a packed hall and he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand (its that kind of town!). The 2 part question I wanted to put to the hall (but didn’t get the chance to) was (1) who here owns land? (2) who is prepared to make a gift of that? If the gift economy is only about giving away a few baked scones then it won’t address economic fundamentals!

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