Charles Eisenstein

Author, Speaker, Degrowth Activist

charles eisensteinCharles Eisenstein’s 2011 book Sacred Economics was one of the major influences in starting the Living the New Economy events. In fact, that is the title of Part III of this book which revolves around the theme of how the current monetary system based on interest and usury, along with the abandonment of the gift economy, has led to alienation, competition and need for an economic system predicated on continuous growth.

Charles is an author and public speaker, and self-described “degrowth activist”. He is the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013).
Since 2010, he has spoken over three hundred times in over one hundred cities in US and elsewhere. His events are held voluntarily, organized by others who invite him to speak. He generally charges people expenses but no fee, leaving it up to them to give him something if they feel the urge. This appeals to his ideal of generosity and “living in the gift.”

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible was published in November 2013. Publishers’ Weekly described it as “a revolutionary and interactive book—in the sense that it inspires the reader to think out of the ordinary,” adding that Eisenstein “will be noted in antiquity as one of the seminal and pioneering storytellers of this new world.




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