Lynchpin

Bringing wisdom to life requires such a profound transformation it is difficult to know where to begin. Economic concerns are so pervasive, so influential, and our economic systems contain so many faults that perhaps an economic transformation can ignite a broader transformation toward wisdom.

The book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, by Charles Eisenstein, presents a plan for a bold economic transformation. The book is offered as a gift online, a short video introduces several ideas, and my recent review of the book is now available on-line and as a pdf file. I have also created a compact Problem-Solution Matrix of the book’s essential ideas.

Perhaps a transformation toward a more sacred economic system can help us all lead wiser lives. This book provides a starting point and roadmap for such a transformation.

2 thoughts on “Lynchpin

  1. Dear Lee,

    Before I comment on the links and review behind this interesting post, I’d like to make a couple of general observations.

    (1) David Morey, who has already responded I notice, has specific expertise in better models for finance and economics, and we need to bring in some of the resources David has been sharing in other channels. Lee, please engage David in building the comment thread on your post. David, consider yourself invited – if you have any technical issues bringing valuable links into your comments and posts, do not hesitate to ask for help.

    (2) Economics itself and your opening sentence “knowing were to start”. Cards on the table. If we ignore economics for the moment as some mathematical pseudo-science (autism, as I and many more worthy than I, have branded it many times) – it’s really about what “we” “value”. Separate scare quotes deliberately. Both need working definitions for those of us with a practical bent – all of us I hope. Speaking philosophically (something we’re trying to avoid), that’s pure ethics. Who is “we” and how do we work out what we “value”. Practically speaking (our real focus here) – the gap between “we” and “value” is what I refer to as “governance” – how do we decide what’s the best course of action, for “us” – humanity, the planet and the cosmos. Nick Maxwell’s thrust in Aim Oriented Rationality is that our aims (values) are up for validation in every otherwise rational decision process. In fact the world is not short of people with – well-intentioned, even revolutionary – good ideas. The issue is how we get those into the mainstream of governance – the processes of management at any level, in any of life’s disciplines, and those of policy & government at higher levels.

    I look forward – positively, hopefully – to these issues being addressed in the link and your review. Democracy is the worst form of governance …. etc 😉

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