Money, Society and the Spirit: An Introduction to Becoming Conscious About Money (Part I)

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Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Repeats every week until Tue May 22 2012 .
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 19:00 - 21:00

• What is the real story behind all the bad economic news?

• Why are we not richer by our burgeoning tangible wealth, instead of poorer by a snowballing financial “debt”?

• How could it be that an innocent child born in the U.S. today is already, according to the “experts,” a quarter-million dollars in “debt”? When did newborn babies borrow this money? How are they supposed to “repay” it? Is their future mortgaged before it starts? Has “original debt” replaced “original sin”?

• If every dollar in circulation is “borrowed” into existence through “loans” from private banks, where does the money to pay the “interest” come from?

• After a century of explosive growth in real economic activity, why have we not grown out of our “debt”? Is there a perverse logic built into the system that is causing us to grow into it our “debt”?

• Why in the last century have family farmers been forced off the land by financial foreclosure, or threat of foreclosure, until now those living on the farm comprise less that two-percent of the population?

• What is this “debt” burden doing in real terms to our civilization, our earth, ourselves? What is “debt” anyway? What is its effect on the psyche of generations growing up in saturation of its financial demands, ecological devastation and social disintegration?

• If I am well-educated, working hard and “playing by the rules” in the “richest country on earth,” why can I not pay my bills and/or why am I perpetually in debt?

• Has fear of financial destitution replaced fear of dying as the most dreaded eventuality in people’s lives?

• Is there hope?

These and many other monetary riddles haunt our post-modern world. Indeed, they are increasingly experienced as threatening the viability of our personal lives, the existence of civilization, and even the continuation of life on earth itself. Can we get a perspective on this? Can we turn a corner? Is there a vision on the other side?

These questions and more will be explored in a series of two to three-hour evening sessions, which will meet every week. The initial meeting would consist of a short introductory presentation followed by a panel discussion with leading alternative thinkers in the monetary, ecological and social fields. The format of following meetings would be determined from session to session as the dialogue unfolds.

Location

Macalester College (Old Main, Room 009)
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States
44° 56' 26.9664" N, 93° 10' 7.716" W
Facilitator's experience: 
Richard is a seeker after the truth about money and the economic life, who has engaged in literally thousands of discussions on money-related topics with people from all walks of life, across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe. Steven is a professional environmental engineer who has come to see that becoming truly conscious about Money is the portal through which a meaningful and effective ecological and social transformation can be achieved. Richard and Steven have discovered that, concerning money, there is a story to be told and a vision to behold of which We the People are getting hardly even an inkling through conventional media, academic orthodoxy, or popular culture.
Facilitator email(s): 
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Additional workshop time information: 
This class will meet every Tuesday from 7- 9PM from 01/24/2012 - 05/22/2012
Address: 
Macalester College (Old Main, Room 009)
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States
44° 56' 26.9664" N, 93° 10' 7.716" W
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