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Lift Review: Sacred Economics

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the age of transition, by Charles Eisenstein 2011

sacredeconomicsfrontcover3The title "Sacred Economics" may deter some readers who feel the book is for committed religious readers and/or economists. Not so!
The most committed atheist, as well as religious and non-religious readers, will surely appreciate the ideas in this book, and its focus on the true meaning of sacred, in Eisenstein's eyes. "The purpose of this book is to make money and human economy as sacred as everything else in the universe." That is, all sacred things are unique and also related, "part of nature, the world, and the flesh".
As for economists - all of them should read this book, and see the ideas explained in the language of the ordinary reader. Very few portions of the book will challenge the reasonably-educated reader. Eisenstein expresses his ideas clearly, with fascinating explanations and examples, and often with humour. It's a big book, but it's not heavy.


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Lift Review: Ruby Red

Ruby Red the Chocolate Bus and the Earthquake

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One year on from the big one here, this is a good book for both children and adults. Published by She Publishing, it tells the story of the arrival of the big red bus that brings chocolate to earthquake-stricken Christchurch residents, especially to the puzzled children. Earthquakes are explained to them by Ruby Red, for example in terms of the big Earth Mother moving. This book will specially appeal to those who have seen the big red bus around here.

Lift Review: Changing course for life

CHANGING COURSE FOR LIFE: Local solutions to global problems


If you don't fancy reading about the world's problems in a 200-300-400-page book, try this one - just 157 pages. It will give you a quick overview of many issues, from the perspective of a writer who has worked round the world in many places and occupations. He seeks to ‘raise awareness of the need to build a dynamic balance between economic, social and environmental concerns.'

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Lift Review: DVD Crash Course

DVD: CRASH COURSE: The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last. Chris Martenson

I think the title indicates two things: it's a "crash course" in understanding the massive problems facing us, especially in the fields of Economy, Energy, Environment; and if we act on this information we may be able to reduce the effects of the "crash" ahead.

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Lift Review: Small is possible

Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy

small is possible book coverby Lyle Estill.

Although it's set in the USA, in North Carolina, it's highly relevant to developments here in Lyttelton. He tells of a huge number of projects in the area where he lives, which have started as bright ideas, small ventures, and gone through setbacks and made great progress.And it's so refreshing to read a writer who lightens his fascinating detail with wit and irony.

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  • "Blessed Unrest", by Paul Hawken
  • "Fleeing Vesuvius", by FEASTA and LE
  • "No More Throwaway People", by Edgar S. Cahn
  • "Sacred Economics", by Charles Eisenstein
  • "The End of Money and the Future of Civilization", by Thomas H. Greco
  • "The Future of Money", by Bernard Lietaer
  • "We the People", by John Buck and Sharon Villines