Charles Eisenstein: Awakened By A New and Ancient Story That We’ve Known All Along [Ep. 108]

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Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, human being, voracious reader, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His books (see Resources section below) as well as his other essays and blog posts, and other media have generated a vast online following.  He speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Born in 1967, Charles graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. He currently lives with his wife and children in Asheville, North Carolina.


Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Charles include:

  • Enumerating anecdotes of the rapid ecological & economic destruction during the past half century while reframing how we think about scaling solutions for complex, adaptive, living systems – especially with regard to solutions for addressing climate change like regenerative agriculture

  • Charles talks about his forthcoming book: Climate: A New Story

  • Charles models using the framework of story & narrative to enroll people into a more harmonious paradigm, juxtaposing and contrasting the conditioned behavior that derives from the stories we believe

  • Examining the “war on evil” story we’re often told as an explanation for the cause of racism that invites us into a judgemental position that shut out relevant data points and how we might replace this perforated story by examining deeper underlying conditions and create the conditions for a more compassionate story to arise







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