Money is key to modern human activity. And yet, how we use it does not work in the interests of the vast majority of humans, it does not serve the environment and it undermines our future stability. The following books offer alternative ways of thinking about money so that we can move towards something better.
The cause of all our problems is our current financial system, which is wasteful, cruel and brings out the worst in human nature. Money affects the quality of the food we eat, the relationships we pursue or end, the way we treat animals, motivates the destruction of our planet and supports a neo-feudal social structure. There is a viable alternate to our money based economy and only now, with the technology and knowledge we have, can we sweep away the terrible problems of the world by dealing with the cause. All it takes is a collective resolve, a willingness to challenge convention and the maturity to make it happen.
As we consider the plight of our consumer-driven economy, it is easy to forget that money is about relationships: between individuals and between communities. In our current financial mess, it is worth reminding ourselves of community-based alternatives, and to look closely at microcredit, a model of peer lending to enable people to move out of poverty. From Bangladesh, from South Africa, from Ghana, and from the East End of London, we are given a worm s eye view of small scale work, of personal transformation, and the building of community. Small and local is still beautiful, and has much to teach us.
Enough is an ancient ‘master concept’, which today finds renewed and updated expression in a variety of proposals for transition to a better world. Each of us has an innate sense of enough; everybody can play a part in the movement of enough and at the same time improve daily well being. This book is a unique blend of ideas, practice and resources, integrating philosophy, morality, ecology, spirituality, self-help, citizenship, leadership, economics and politics.