Our emerging story of Holistic Economics has as its core a new story of money, where money is not for making more money for a few rich people, but an energy that we can use to support a more holistic human culture that includes people, planet as well as profit or what might be better termed abundance for all. Right now, our system is based on profit above all else, above the true welfare of people, and oblivious of the needs of the planet that sustains our life. Even wise and very well-meaning CEO’s are hampered by a system whose shareholders demand a profit on investments on a quarterly basis. It’s as if we have made the accumulation and display of wealth into a god that we worship without question. This leaves very little room for long-term investments in infrastructure, well-being, and preserving what we have.
Changing this story will not be easy and not dissimilar from deprogramming a cult follower, or helping an addict get off drugs. We are addicted to more, having more, accumulating more, spending more. But what if we were to change the story? That’s the question this lovely video asks: What if…
I ask you to take 3 minutes and watch it and then explore the website: The Purpose of Capital for more information.
And then, if you’d like a deeper dive into exploring your own relationship with money and money as a source for good, check out The Consciousness of Money Retreat with Jeff Vander Clute, co-creator of Great Transition Stories and Sourcing the Way and Sarah McCrum, author of Love Money, Money Loves You.