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The Commons meets Sacred Economics

on Sat, 07/28/2012 - 14:38

One of the central themes in Charles Eisenstein's bestseller Sacred Economics is the Commons. James Quilligan, an internationally known policy consultant and economist, who has recently led a highly acclaimed seminar series in London on The Emergence of Commons-based Economy, has the development and protection of the Commons in the centre of his professional work. The two men engaged in a passionate and candid conversation about what they care about on June 26, 2012, which was captured in 6 segments.

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Here's the list of the videos presented in the order of the flow of the conversation:

Part 1: Gift Economy
  • How do local gift economies scale up?
  • Can a new design of money extend gift economy?
  • What's the role of corporations in the "gift economy" model?
Part 2: The Commons
  • How can the role of government become a protector of  the commons? 
  • Given the lack of customary law at global scale, how can we create a legal basis for protecting the global commons?
  • How can we restore a common sense of what belongs to all of us, at all scales?
Part 3 RIO +20
  • Were the corporate, government, and NGO leaders (who attended Rio+20) helpless or unwilling to make the right the decision to save the planet? What to do if the institutions they are part of, and the systemic enforcers of the status quo, are constituted in a way that prevent them from doing what in their heart they know would be the right thing to do?
  • What can happen when on one hand, people are having a change of heart, a shift of consciousness, and on the other hand, the institutions that hold them in the old consciousness, break down?
  • In the "post-Rio +20 world" what kind of new initiatives could influence policy to create catalaysts for change in the direction of gift economy?
Part 4: A New Economic Model 
  • What is missing in the model of the re-distribution of resources from North to South?
  • How did we get to allow a small collection of central bankers to set value on behalf of 6 million people on the planet?
  • What to include in and leave out from the measure of economic success?
Part 5: Ecology of Money
  • What is the way out when banks are calling the shots and interest rates drive the economy? What creates real value? Can it be captured by numbers? How can any currency reflect it, if not in numbers ?
  • How would negative interest rates prevent hoarding and help the gift economy, by making money decay? How can money and economy not be an exception to ecology?
  • Do alternative currencies have a chance to alter how the international monetary system works?
Part 6: Future Markets
  • Is there a shift in global consciousness occurring regarding money and value? What would be the appropriate role of markets in a really healthy society?
  • How do we implement a desire to replenish all life without monetary reward being the dominant way? How can the internet contribute to create collective action out of the many individual action, differently from what the market fundamentalists tell us?
  • Can  "the more beautiful world our hearts tell us possible" be an opening to a greater cultural renaissance, a world renaissance?

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George Pór's picture

I thought that the readers of "The Commons meets Sacred Economics" may also enjoy finding out about "How Charles Eisenstein’s epiphany became the mantra of the zeitgeist of our times." In my blog under that title, I mentioned:


As of today (June 19, 2012), “the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible” has been reverberating on 224,000 webpages, in countless millions of email messages and, in its “a more beautiful…” and other variations, on 337,000,000 webpages!
If the hundreds of millions touched by the “our hearts tell us is possible” mantra, would have taken it to heart and acted on it, then we would already live in a different world. Why is that not happening? Why is it touching so many, yet mobilizing rather few? Because we all receive it according to the breadth of our worldviews that decide its impact.
Eisenstein's words speak to all because they are an expression of our hope for not going down in history as an aborted evolutionary experiment.

To read the whole blogpost, click here.