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Based primarily on Rudolf Steiner’s Economics Lectures [published as Rethinking Economics], we will explore the nature of economic thinking, practical and new economic approaches, and a deeper understanding of capital and money. We will redefine how scarcity and abundance are characterized in mainstream economics and how to work economically through bringing together unused resources with unmet needs.

The purpose of this introduction will be to demystify economics, understand it in relation to the earth and its ecology as a closed system, and then to situate ourselves as economic citizens. We will look at the three basic elements of economics—natural resources, labor, capital—as the source of different kinds of value. And further, we will look at the nature of capital and how it is different from money and how both more effectively support the interdependent multiple dimensions of social life.

About the Contributor: John Bloom has been General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America since October 2016 and is a member of the General Council for the Society. He writes frequently for being human and is an active member of the Council of Anthroposophical Organizations. He recently retired from RSF Social Finance, San Francisco where he served as vice-president for organizational culture. As part of his work at RSF, he developed and facilitated conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He also developed a spiritually-based leadership program to support nonprofit organizations. He continues to deepen that work independently and is part of forming a new organization Spirit Matters, serving anthroposophical initiative. He has written extensively on money and culture and has fostered collaborative dialogues on the challenging social aspects of money. He is a founder and trustee of Yggdrasil Land Foundation, a national land trust committed to supporting biodynamic agriculture and land-based regional economies. He has led numerous workshops and written about issues of land preservation and community supported agriculture. He has written two books, The Genius of Money, and Inhabiting Interdependence, both published by SteinerBooks. He is currently working on his next book of essays and lives in San Francisco

May 4, 19:00-21:00 GMT | Check your local time here


May 4
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
USD30 – USD100
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