Sustainable Influences
  • In this short video, Charles Eisenstein explains how taking a closer look at how we respond and communicate about the environmental crises might illuminate a new pathway forward.

  • Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

  • “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other beings. This shift of consciousness is universal in everybody, 99% and 1%.” ~ Charles Eisenstein

  • urge to own

    “The urge to own grows as a natural response to an alienating ideology that severs felt connections and leaves us alone in the universe. When we exclude world from self, the tiny, lonely, identity that remains has a voracious need to claim as much of that lost beingness for its own. If all the world, all of life and earth, is no longer me, I can at least compensate by making it mine. Other separate selves do the same, so we live in a world of competition and omnipresent anxiety. It is built in to our self-definition. The deficit of being, the deficit of sould, into which we are born.”

  • propensity to consume

    “It is not the propensity to consume that bears no limit; to the contrary, limitless desire arises with money. After attaining a surfeit of consumables, people covet money itself, not what it can buy, and this desire has no limit.”

  • MoneyIsFundamental

    “Money is so fundamental, so defining of our civilization, that it would be naive to hope for any authentic civilizational shift that did not involve a fundamental shift in money as well.”

  • HeavenTreasures

    “Imagine yourself on your deathbed, realizing that you will take nothing with you. Just as financial investments won’t survive economic collapse, so also does the end of life mean the end of all our accumulations. At that moment, what will give you joy? The memory of all that you have given.”

  • EisensteinPuppetMaster

    “The true culprit, the puppet master that manipulates our elites from behind the scenes, is the money system itself: a credit-based, interest-driven system that arises from the ancient, rising tide of separation; that generates competition, polarization, and greed; that compels endless economic growth; and, most importantly, that is coming to an end in our time as the fuel for that growth – social, natural, cultural, and spiritual capital – runs out.”

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    “Industrial technology has given access to such vast, nearly effortless wealth that it shouldn’t be necessary for anyone to work very hard to receive the necessities of life. The easy affluence made possible by technology and by the natural wealth of the earth, is the collective treasure of the entire human race; merely by being born, each person is entitled to a share of it. Certainly no person has more right than other to benefit from, say, the inventions of Robert Boyle or Thomas Edison, much less the vast cultural context that made their work possible.”

  • EisensteinNumbers

    “All things are reduced to what they are worth. This gives the illusion that the world is as limitless as numbers are.”

  • Eisenstein Replaceability

    “No wonder, after 2,000 years’ immersion in the mentality of money, we have become so used to the replaceability of all things that we behave as if we could, if we wrecked the planet, simply buy a new one.”

  • edge of courage

    “To enter more deeply into right livelihood, bow into service each day. Trust your desire to give, remember how good it feels, and be open to opportunities to do so, especially when they are just at the edge of your courage.”

  • Disutility of Work

    “Economic textbooks speak of the ‘disutility’ of work, assuming that if not ‘compensated’ with wages, people will naturally prefer to…Prefer to do what? Prefer to consume? Prefer to do nothing? To be entertained? The justification for a scarcity-based economic system is built in to its premises, which include deep prejudices about human nature.”

  • Entertainment

    “Our craving for entertainment points to the impoverishment of our reality.”

  • Eisenstein Dissatisfactions

    “The wound of separation expresses itself in many guises, ranging from petty but persistent dissatisfactions that, when resolved, quickly morph into other, equally petty dissatisfactions in an endless treadmill of discontent, to the devastating phthisis of despair that consumes vitality and spirit.”

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    “The scarcity of time is one reason we overconsume, attempting to compensate for the loss of this most primal of all wealth. Time is life. To be truly rich is to have sovereignty over our own time.”

  • boredom

    “Whence comes this feeling we call boredom, the discomfort of having nothing to occupy our minds? Boredom – nothing to do – is intolerable because it puts us face to face with the wound of separation. Boredom, that yearning for stimulation and distraction, for something to pass the time, is simply how we experience any pause in the program of control that seeks to deny pain.”

  • How do we change the world? Change the story.

  • toward oneness

    “It is time to confront the fact that our spiritual values, which are evolving towards oneness or interconnection, are at odds with our institutions, which embody separation.” -Charles Eisenstein  

  • Exciting Things

    Almost no one who’s doing really great, exciting, dynamic things is doing it for the money. We can have a vibrant, productive, wealthy world without having to induce people, through money, to do what they don’t want to do.

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    As burgeoning crises overwhelm us, another possibility emerges: to abandon the program of insulation and control and the conception of the separate self on which it rests.

  • Cracks Eisenstein

    Do not despair. For as the shell of the old world falls apart, light is shining through the cracks.

  • antoher way is possible

    Another way of being is possible, and it is right in front of us, closer than close.

  • GiftEconomy

    “In a gift economy, the more you give, the richer you are.”

  • sold back to us

    “Our very human relationships and abilities have been taken away from us and sold back, so that we are now dependent on strangers, and therefore on money, for things few humans ever paid for until recently: food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, child care, cooking. Life itself has become a consumer item.”

  • servants of machines

    “We think of machines as our servants, but our constant rush to be on time says otherwise.”

  • eisenstein

    Habitually interpreting the world secondhand through symbolic representations distances us from the glory of reality all the time

  • adult life

    For the first time in history, children are too busy to play.

  • Citizens of the world: We must work together to solve our problems for the sake of our children and all future generations. Let us put past differences aside and work to create a sustainable world that works for everybody. This film was inspired by my own personal awakening.  

  • A lesson in sustainable Star Trekonomics featuring Charles Eisenstein, George Carlin, Martin Luther King Jr. and a couple captains of the Enterprise… “We have it within our reach–now–to achieve nearly every dream of mankind.” ~Gene Roddenberry

  • Charles Eisenstein speaks to us about the nature of greed and decaying currency, one that is rooted in reality and follows ecological principles.

  • These are exciting times to be alive! Understanding the Occupy Movement as a world that works for everybody. This is a remix of Ian MacKenzie‘s “The Revolution Is Love” and a few other Occupy-related short films and news broadcasts.

Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. More of his work can be found on

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