Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His writings on the web magazine Reality Sandwich have generated a vast online following.  He speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts.

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 in Taiwan, learned Chinese, and began working as a translator. Eisenstein spent most of his twenties in Taiwan, educating himself broadly in Eastern spiritual traditions. He also read voraciously: books on politics, environment, health, religion, physics, and biology.

In his late twenties, he entered what he called a long period of intensifying crisis, where he came to feel his professional work was intolerable - that it became excruciating to do work he didn’t care about. Even though “a million reasons told me why it was irresponsible, impractical, and foolish to quit,”  he eventually could not make himself do it anymore.

He recalls that he “entered the flow of [his] true work” in 2003, when he began writing The Ascent of Humanity, a process which took four years, but as he could not find anyone to publish it, he self-published in 2007.

Eisenstein became interested in the money system as he was researching The Ascent of Humanity, exploring how money as we know it embodies and perpetuates the defining stories of our civilization: separation and ascent. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, he posted several articles on the website Reality Sandwich offering this macrocosmic perspective. The articles generated a huge response and were reprinted hundreds of times across the Internet, prompting him to enter deeply into the study of economics and to write Sacred Economics (2011), for which he found a publisher who would agree to his unusual demands, including full online text and a Creative Commons copyright.

Since 2009 he has been on the faculty of the Health Arts and Sciences program at Goddard College. He is an in-demand speaker, both on money-related topics and on topics of civilization, transition, consciousness, technology, and transformation.

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avatar ian March 20, 2012 at 07:42

Don’t forget to watch the new short film based on his work Sacred Economics

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avatar Ingrid March 28, 2012 at 17:22

Thanks for the resource link, Ian! We’ll try to include that in any future information about Eisenstein.

Ingrid and the Post Growth team

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