Everyone is concerned about economics and right relationship to money, it sits at the center of our personal lives and our culture. All we have to do is look around us at the economic crisis to know that the old systems are collapsing. But what are the new ones that are coming in.
On this week’s show, we want to explore the idea of Sacred Economics, the New Economy of Love, the Gift Economy, and how we can enable our dreams, projects and visions to become reality through creative crowd-funding.
We’ll be diving into these juicy topics with our special guest Ian MacKenzie. Ian is a new media producer based in Vancouver, BC. He has a background in video journalism, short films, and documentaries, with his work appearing in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and festivals around the world.
He is currently co-producing Velcrow Ripper’s upcoming film Occupy Love. Ian’s short film The Revolution Is Love was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch 2011. His most recent short is Sacred Economics. He now consults and offers workshops in crowd-funding which he describers as one of the key pillars of our emerging social and economic paradigm.
All of these topics weave together and we’ll be exploring the synergies between them and helping us see how we can reinvent and reimagine our world through our relationship with giving, receiving, new currencies and tapping into a culture of generosity.
Christen Lien is a classically trained violist who performs original compositions that bridge Eastern and Western traditions, classical and postmodern, as well as acoustic and electronic genres. Incorporating layers of live effects with her viola through the use of processors and looping pedals, Lien creates evocative music and beautifully haunting performance art.
Her music has been featured in films and short form media, commercials, live theater and dance performances, as well as in support of environmental, political and scientific campaigns.
“Sandbox Sessions”, “The Crux and The Shadow (Raconteur’s Warning)”,
and “The Invocation”
Written and Performed by Christen Lien
Published by Christen Lien
Courtesy of Christen Lien
“During the winter nights, the starlings create one of the most spectacular things in nature. It’s called a murmuration, in reference to the murmuring of the wings of the birds. The murmuration functions on the basis of interdependence. Somehow the birds behave as if the interests of the individual bird is consistent with the interests of the murmuration as a whole, and there’s a huge integrity to this thing, such that they collectively do fight off a fearsome predator. What if we were able to connect ourselves on a global basis with this massive network, these pipes of glass and air? I think that humans are capable of great things. They’re capable of love.”
Don Tapscott is a Canadian visionary, communicator, consultant, entrepreneur, cyber-guru and a leading authority on innovation in business management, media and technology. He has introduced pioneering concepts for three decades, reliably identifying imperatives and strategies needed in increasingly changing and challenging landscapes. Don’s expertise ranges from big-picture perspectives on technology, business, and society to practical applications of new developments in IT and open city design.
After focusing on psychology, statistics and education in university, Don studied and envisioned the Internet before it existed in the 1970s as part of a research project exploring what might come about if people had their own personal computers and connected them to a vast network of information. He has long described the Web as the first global platform for collaboration in history. Confident about the new generation’s digital ease and the transformational power of the Internet, he sees our era as one of significant opportunity for reinvention and greater integrity, transparency and empowerment, and travels the world to spread enthusiasm about our new digital ecosystem, emerging networked economy, self-organized connected communities and the massive collective force of open source sharing and social media.
Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books, introducing concepts such as ‘the Net Generation,’ the ‘digital divide’ and ‘the business web.’ His books include Paradigm Shift; The Digital Economy; Growing Up Digital; Digital Capital; Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which was translated into over 25 languages; and Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business, described by Huffington Post as “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” His newest title is an eBook called Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, based on his 2012 TEDGlobal talk.
Described as insightful, charismatic and inspiring, Don Tapscott has delivered hundreds of keynotes and presentations around the world. Along with a team of experts within The Tapscott Group, he offers advisory services to businesses and government leaders. He is a frequent writer for The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business 2.0, The Financial Times and USA Today. He has been interviewed and quoted widely in the broadcast media, including on CNN, NBC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC. He was the host of ReCivilization on CBC Radio, a five part series exploring how we may address global challenges by way of digital innovation in various fields.
In 2011, Don was named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and Trent University’s newly appointed chancellor. He is Chairman of the innovation think tank Moxie Insight, where he directs research and education programs, and a fellow of the World Economic Forum.
According to Tapscott, the global economic crisis we face is a wakeup call to mend our broken world, and requires the reinvention of our institutions and the creation of a new operating model — one based on transparency, global governance, and the sharing of intellectual property.
In his spare time Don is part of a dance music band that plays for fund-raising and charity events, called Men in Suits.
“The revolution here is from hierarchical to lateral power. That’s the power shift. This shift is going to change the way we live, the way we educate our children, and the way we govern the world.”
Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist, author, public speaker, social critic, political adviser and activist. Described as a social and ethical prophet, he has been influential in shaping public policies in the United States and abroad, and is the main architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan. He works with cities and governments planning transitions into post-carbon infrastructures and advises heads of states around the world on issues related to the economy, climate change and security. According to the The European Energy Review, “perhaps no other thinker has had more influence on the EU’s ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American ‘visionary’ Jeremy Rifkin.”
The son of a plastic-bag manufacturer, Rifkin had an epiphany in 1966 as he walked past a group of students protesting the Vietnam War and witnessed his frat friends beating them up. He organized a freedom-of-speech rally the next day, thus becoming a lifelong member of the peace movement. In 1973 he organized a mass-protest against oil companies which was joined by thousands; in 1988 he brought climate scientists and environmental activists from 35 nations together for the first Global Greenhouse Network meeting in Washington; he launched the Beyond Beef Campaign in 1992 to reduce methane emissions generated by beef consumption; and he participated in founding the Green Hydrogen Coalition, committed to building a renewable hydrogen based economy.
Mr. Rifkin is the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, which he co-founded with Ted Howard in 1977. Examining the impacts of new economic trends on the environment, the economy, culture and society, FOET engages in litigation, public education, coalition building and grassroots organizing activities. Rifkin is also the founder and Chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, composed of 100 corporations committed to addressing global economic and environmental challenges.
Over the last four decades Jeremy Rifkin has authored 19 books on scientific and technological evolution, global economic trends, and sustainable development, many of which have been bestsellers, translated into multiple languages, and used in universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. Titles include The Third Industrial Revolution; The Empathic Civilization; The Hydrogen Economy; The European Dream; The End of Work; and The Age of Access. His monthly column on global issues appears in some of the world’s leading publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Utne Reader, The Guardian, Financial Times, Le Monde, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Espresso, La Repubblica, El Mundo, Kathimerini, and Clarín. He has appeared on 20/20, Larry King Live, Face The Nation, Today, and Good Morning America.
Mr. Rifkin has testified before congressional committees and has consistently contributed to the creation of responsible policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues. In the past 30 years he has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations and in over 200 universities in some 30 countries. Holding a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and another in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
According to Rifkin, the industrial era powered by oil and fossil fuel is spiraling to its end and humanity is on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date. Envisioning a powerful ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ brought on by the merging of Internet technology, renewable energy and collective empathy, he predicts we may soon not only be producing green energy in our homes, workplaces and factories, but be able to store and share it with each other too. Says Rifkin, “a younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth.”
“There’s a love emerging now that’s coming from our creativity, that’s yearning for joining, because it can’t fulfil itself alone. When it finds others, it starts to fall in love, but it’s a love at the next level of creativity. It’s excitement. It’s vocational arousal. I see that the planet is going to be evolved by a massive uprising of creativity joined.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard is an author, evolutionary thinker, public speaker, educator and social innovator whose extensive body of work illustrates her belief that humanity is equipped to evolve and create its future in a conscious and wondrous way. Co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, she has written five books, including Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential; Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence; The Evolutionary Journey: Your Guide to a Positive Future; and Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium. Deepak Chopra refers to her as “the voice for conscious evolution of our time.”
Born in 1929 into a financially comfortable family, Hubbard was free to ponder deeply at an early age. She began questioning the purpose of humanity’s power as a teenager following the events of Hiroshima. Constantly seeking to fulfill her own purpose, devouring books and ideas all the while raising five children, she developed a vocation for transmitting to all of humanity the story of its evolution and creative potential.
In 1984 she presented herself for the Vice Presidency of the United States, proposing a “Peace Room” to scout, map and share signs of innovation, peace and progress throughout America and the world. She was one of the original directors of the Center for Soviet American Dialogue and served as a citizen diplomat during the late 1980’s.
Hubbard presented a 14-part television series entitled Potentials; she was featured in the 2006 film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within, and in the 2011 film Thrive. She produced and narrated the documentary series Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together, and partnered with The Shift Network as a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement.
She has co-launched the Agents of Conscious Evolution training and initiated Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a guided educational program. She is a founder and member of the Santa Barbara Conscious Evolution Community, and the initiator of the SYNCON Process, for synergistic convergence to overcome polarization in the United States. She is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Group, of Global New Thought and of The World Future Society.
Hubbard was awarded the first Doctorate in Conscious Evolution by Emerson Institute, and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book, “The Mother of Invention.”
“Our current cultural story tells us you get to work, you do your job, earn a lot of money, and that will help all of us, because that will grow the economy. People are up to their ears in credit card debt. They’re losing their houses to mortgage foreclosures. They’re working so much that they can’t spend time with the people they love. Maybe we could find a way of life where we could make ourselves happy, be less acquisitive, and concentrate on the things that really make people happy, which happen to also use fewer environmental resources.”
Colin Beavan became known as ‘No Impact Man’ in 2007 for conducting a one-year lifestyle experiment from the heart of his New York City apartment intended to cause virtually no impact on the environment. Along with his wife and daughter, he vowed to use no carbon-based transportation and almost no electricity, produce no trash except for compost, buy no material goods save for locally grown food, and use no paper products, including toilet paper, which prompted much curiosity and a number of media headlines.
Beavan documented the adventure in his award-winning blog, No Impact Man, which grew into a discussion forum for environmental topics. He wrote a book, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process, which was translated into 15 languages and became required reading in over 100 American colleges. Beavan and his family were also the subject of a Sundance-selected documentary film, No Impact Man.
He subsequently founded the No Impact Project, an environmental non-profit organization that encourages citizens to adopt lifestyle choices that lower their environmental impact, and favors community action and involvement in environmental politics. To date, 50,000 participants have lived through their personal ‘No Impact Week,’ an immersive educational experiment created by the organization.
Colin Beavan’s writing, speaking, and activism has stimulated many to examine their lifestyle. He speaks about environmental issues, food system sustainability, consumerism and quality of life to a variety of international audiences including businesses, universities, and community groups.
Beavan’s work has been the subject of stories in the New York Time, The Guardian and Le Monde. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, Good Morning America, Nightline and NPR. He was named one of MSN’s “Ten Most Influential Men,” one of Time Magazine’s “Top 15 Environmental Blogs,” and Treehugger’s “Best Green Ambassador.”
Beavan is a 350.org Messenger, a dharma teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen and an NYU visiting scholar. In 2012 he ran as a Green Party candidate for a seat at the US House of Representatives. He was not elected.
Though he has now returned to using a refrigerator, Colin Beavan continues to commute by bike, to buy locally grown food and to own no air conditioner. He still composts, though no longer from inside his apartment.
“Governments are puppets of banks, but banks are not democratic. We cannot vote for banks.”
Rok was a protester and member of the ‘Spanish Indignados,’ also known as the Indignants Movement. In the spring and summer of 2011, tens of thousands of Spain’s youth repeatedly gathered and occupied public squares to denounce their country’s undemocratic and corrupt political and economic systems, and to fight for what they consider to be basic human rights: home, work, culture, health and education.
“If anything, my family has been the epitome of struggle. Foreclosure, unemployment, tuition costs. My mother struggled to feed me and my little sister. Anything you can say, I can empathize with you, and I wanted to come out and empathize with all these people and stand in solidarity.”
Hero Vincent was 21 and unemployed when he joined protesters at Occupy Wall Street, never planning to become one of the movement’s young leaders and its main live-stream broadcaster. His communication skills, spirited energy and performance flair were perfect for the role, and so as everything went within the movement, it sort of “just happened.”
Having experienced the ravages of foreclosure, student debt and unemployment first hand in his family, working jobs since he was 14 to help make ends meet, Vincent felt destined to join the movement.
Motivated to express himself on these themes and comfortable in front of a camera, he became one of OWS’s unofficial spokesmen and ‘news anchor’ of its live-streaming videos.
Like many of his fellow protesters, Hero Vincent was also arrested, incarcerated and experienced his share of police brutality.
Hero Vincent at Occupy Wall Street “Stories From the Front” (5 min)
Bill McKibben is an American author, journalist, environmental activist and a prominent leader of the climate movement. He has written extensively on the impact of global warming and has organized far-reaching actions raising public awareness and engagement on the urgent need to rethink our energy systems.
Growing up in Lexington, Massachusetts, Bill wrote for the local paper and participated in statewide debate competitions during high school. He was editor of The Harvard Crimson at Harvard University and joined the New Yorker as a staff writer after college. In 1980 he determined to devote his life to the environmental cause.
McKibben has written a dozen books and is a contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Grist and Granta. Some of his work has been remarquably popular. His 2012 Rolling Stone article, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, prompted 125,000 likes on Facebook, 14,000 tweets, and 5,000 comments.
His first book, The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, published in 1989, is regarded as the first publication for a general audience about climate change and has been printed in over 20 languages. In The Age of Missing Information, published in 1992 and widely used in colleges and high schools, McKibben compared the content of 100 cable TV channels to a day spent in nature. Subsequent titles include Hope, Human and Wild; God, Job, and the Scale of Creation; Maybe One; Long Distance; Enough and Wandering Home. In recent years he has published Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future; Eaarth and The Bill McKibben Reader, a collection of essays from various publications spanning 25 years.
Bill McKibben is also widely known for carrying out highly effective activism campaigns. In 2007 he organized one of the largest global warming protests to date called the ‘Step It Up National Day of Climate Action’. Step It Up was a nationwide campaign demanding action on global warming by the U.S. Congress. In 2008 he co-founded 350.org, an international grassroots campaign aiming to mobilize a global climate movement around a common call to action. Since 2009, 350.org has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries, much of it though its creative use of internet tools and social media. The organization has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
In 2011 and 2012 McKibben led a massive demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline project, urging President Obama to get tougher on the causes of climate change. He was arrested for tying himself to a gate at the White House and spent three days in jail in Washington D.C. as leader of one of the largest civil disobedience actions in decades. Of late, he has been encouraging universities to divest from fossil fuels to make the statement that it is wrong to profit from industries that are destructive to the environment.
McKibben holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He has been called “the world’s best green journalist” by Time magazine.
Says McKibben, “We’ve got to go to renewable energy. We can do it. There were days this summer when the Germans generated more than half the electricity they used from solar panels within their borders. We could do it. The only question is if we will do it, in time.”
Before becoming Reverend Billy, Bill Talen worked in theatre in San Francisco and studied with cleric Reverend Sidney Lanier (cousin of Tennessee Williams), who encouraged him to explore radical theologians and performers. Thus was born the character of Reverend Billy, ‘a new kind of American preacher,’ hybrid of a street preacher and a televangelist, who although neither traditional or Christian in essence, is not intended to be a parody.
Moving to New York City in 1994, Reverend Billy started out with sidewalk preaching on Times Square. He then staged ‘Retail Interventions’ in chain stores like Starbucks, the GAP, Nike and Disney. Soon joined by singers, he created interactive play ‘Worships.’ His developing theology grew into ‘The Church of Stop Shopping,’ a New York City based radical performance community denouncing consumerism, corporate irresponsibility and climate change, and promoting community shops and gardens, economic justice, anti-militarism and environmental protection.
From a one-man-show to a 100-activist strong, 40-person choir and 8-piece band with dozens of original songs, the self-named ‘post-religious church,’ directed by Talen’s wife Savitri Durkee, appears on stage regularly and tours internationally. Through singing, dancing, preaching and performing, the non-profit organization hold “services” in concert halls, churches, community centers, parking lots, malls, and especially in stores. “Above all we try to complexify the moment of purchase, to snap people out their hypnosis and back into the mystery of being human. We remind people that things come from somewhere, that products have a resource past, a labor past.” The church likes to partner with NGO’s and advocacy groups to help raise their profile and engage citizens in their cause.
Reverend Billy and his church have produced numerous books (The End Of The World, What Would Jesus Buy, What should I do If Reverend Billy Is In My Store), music albums (Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping, The Shopocalypse, The Declaration of The Occupation Of NYC), television shows (The Last Televangelist), online videos with as many as 250 000 views, weekly podcasts, posters, and documentary films.
Reverend Billy has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, BBC, NPR, Democracy Now, Al-Jazeera, Fox News and Glenn Beck. Awards include the OBIE Award, The Dramalogue Award and The Historic Districts Council’s Preservation Award.
Throughout his activism career Reverend Billy has been jailed more than 50 times. He has made numerous appearances at Occupy Wall Street in solidarity of supporters.
“I had a nephew that worked for Syncrude. I said, ‘What do you do, Shane?’ He said, ‘I go around with this big garbage, and I pick all the ducks out from around that pond,’ he said, ‘and I put them in this garbage bag, and I throw them away in the garbage,’ he said.”