One of the core issues facing us on this planet is developing an economic system that works toward sustainability rather than resource depletion and environmental destruction. New Culture Summer Camp East is proud to welcome Charles Eisenstein as one of our presenters at this year’s 10-day immersion camp (http://www.cfnc.us/sce.html.) Charles is a deep thinker and dynamic presenter – his workshops last year stimulated our minds and challenged us to identify the gifts that we have to offer the world in this critical time. His vision aligns with New Culture’s central project (http://cfnc.us/newculture.html) of creating a sustainable world based on love, freedom, and community.
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts on web magazines have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.” Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. He currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons. (www.charleseisenstein.net, www.sacred-economics.com)
These are the workshops he is presenting on Tuesday of camp:
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
We are at a transition point from an age of separation to an age of reunion, of interconnection, of the gift. Join Charles as he maps out the process of transition: crisis, breakdown, the “space between stories,” and the emergence of the world we’ve always known deep down is possible. How can we contribute to this process? What does it mean for the activist? For the healer? For the leader?
Emissaries from the Future
Sometimes at special gatherings like New Culture Camp people get the sense that this isn’t just some respite from a grim normality, but a glimpse of what is possible for humanity. And, more importantly, they get the sense that isn’t just a theoretical possibility, but something that could actually happen. This powerful exercise will plug you into that feeling — let’s call it knowledge — so that you are better able to carry it forward outside of camp, and act from it in your life.
To forge community , we must do more than simply get people together. While that is a start, soon we get tired of just talking, and we want to do something, to create something. Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today’s market system, whose built-in scarcity compels competition in which more for me is less for you, in a gift economy the opposite holds. Because people in gift culture pass on their surplus rather than accumulating it, your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, people know that their gifts will eventually come back to them, albeit often in a new form. Such a community might be called a “circle of the gift.” http://www.shareable.net/blog/a-circle-of-gifts
If you are curious how sacred economics, gender awareness, activism, ecstatic dance, clear communication training, and relationship freedom can all come together, take a look at New Culture Summer Camp East – 10 days of re-inventing society. If you dream that it’s possible, join us in making it real!