Crafting The Sufficiency Economy

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Nancy Deren

Nancy Deren is an accredited financial counselor who specializes in advising people and communities on how to cope financially with the coming economic and ecological challenges. In this segment she talks about the Slow Money Movement.
This video translates a message that was originally put forth by the author/public speaker/creative consultant, Norie Huddle, and further substantiated by the biologist and futurist, Elisabet Sahtouris. Using imagery, music and words it tells the story of a great shift in consciousness and reality that is occurring on planet earth.
Directed by John de Graaf Produced by John De Graaf and Dave Batker Ecological economist Dave Batker questions whether GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being and suggests workable alternatives.
Ecological economist Dave Batker questions whether GDP is an adequate measure of society's well-being and suggests workable alternatives.
Forty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy challenged the basic way we measure progress and well-being in America. Today, the Glaser Progress Foundation is raising the same questions through a new medium. The Seattle-based foundation released a new web video marking the anniversary of a famous speech in which Kennedy said the Gross Domestic Product counts "everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."
My special address at the fourth National Slow Money conference in Boulder, Colorado on April 29th, 2013
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth A Collection of Essays Edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee NEW EDITION, NEW VOICES: 2016! Available at Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity can transform its relationship with the Earth.
Money as Debt - Fractional Reserve Banking Paul Grignon's 47-minute animated presentation of "Money as Debt" tells in very simple and effective graphic terms what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way to get the message out.
Subscribe to our newsletter at In this video Chris Martenson, economic analyst at and author of 'The Crash Course', explains why he thinks that the coming 20 years are going to look completely unlike the last 20 years. In his presentation he focuses on the so-called three "Es": Economy, Energy and Environment.
BALLE believes that national and global prosperity begins at the local level. City by city, business by business. We connect entrepreneurs who are rethinking their industries, innovative funders who are investing to scale the Localist movement, and visionary network organizers who can mobilize on a broad scale.
Let's fix America's economy from the ground up...starting with food. Go to Steps you can take: 1. Share the video with your friends 2. Sign the Slow Money principles at 3. Become a member of the Alliance 4. Invest in the Slow Money entrepreneurs and farmers who presented at the National Gathering.
Words like "capital," "enterprise," & "economics" may not conger up images of locally grown lettuce or the farmer's market but a diverse group of people invested in local food production want to change that, and they recently met up to discuss how.
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MONEY and LIFE is an inspirational documentary that makes a provocative proposition: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? The film takes us on a journey, from the original purpose of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis as well as the growing ecological crisis we are all facing.
Bernard Lietaer talks about the relationship between the money system and sustainability
Carol Peppe Hewitt, Co-Founder, Slow Money North Carolina, Author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money A special address to the Slow Money 4th National Gathering. Learn more and get involved:
Peak Moment 194: Need a tool for a few days? Don't have it? Neighbor doesn't have it? Borrow it from your neighborhood tool library! No tool library? Check out Portland, where several neighborhoods have started successful tool libraries just in the last few years.
A webinar by the Center for a New American Dream: In August 2012, New Dream hosted a webinar about how to start a tool library in your neighborhood. Topics included obtaining funding, finding a location, tracking tools, navigating through legal issues, and more. The webinar featured speakers from successful tool libraries around the country.
Support this fund! Our fundraising campaign is live until November 15, 2013: The Arroyo S.E.C.O. Community Revolving Loan Fund was created to offer opportunities for local growth, community enrichment and personal empowerment to Time Bank entrepreneurs (for more information on Time Banking, visit




  • The Future of Money: Creating New Wealth, Work and a Wiser World Bernard Lietaer, London:  Random House, January 2001—out of print
  • New Money for a New World, Bernard Lietaer and Stephen Belgin, Qiterra Press llc Boulder Co 2012 –basis for many parts of the seminar
  • Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics 2nd Edition, Herman E. Daly (Editor), Kenneth N. Townsend (Editor) , MIT Press, 2010
  • Energy and the Wealth of Nations Understanding the Biophysical Economy, Charles Hall, Kent, Klitgaard, Springer, 2012  
  • The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered, by John Michael Greer,  New Society Publishers –2011
  • The Logic of Sufficiency, Thomas Princen, MIT Press, 2005 What if modern society put a priority on the material security of its citizens and the ecological integrity of its resource base? What if it took ecological constraint as a given, not a hindrance but a source of long-term economic security
  • Sufficiency Economy Enough, for Everyone, Forever, Samuel Alexander (collected essays) Simplicity Institute, Melbourne 2015
  • “The Economics of Happiness” Mark Anelski, New Society Publishers, 2007 alternative to GDP
  • The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money, Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, and Christopher Peck, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc,  2015
  • The Nature of Investing Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry, Katherine Collins, Bibliomotion, 2014
  • Localvesting The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It , Amy Cortese, John Wiley and Sons, 2011
  • Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity (Community Resilience Guides) Michael Shuman, Chelsea Green Publishing,  2012
  • Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, Woody Tasch, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010
  • Financing Our Foodshed Growing Local Food with Slow Money, Carol Peppe Hewitt, New Society Publishers, 2013
  • Raising Dough The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business, Elizabeth U, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013
  • The Sharing Solution How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life and Build Community, Janelle Orsi, & Emily Doskow,  Nolo, 2009
  • My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household,  Karen M. Bush, Louise S. Machinist , Jean McQuillin

Organization Websites With Many Resources:

Bernard Lietaer website

divest from fossil fuels

website from Post Carbon Institute with multiple resources and articles

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

YES magazine  

John Fullerton and the Capital Institute: Exploring a transformation of finance




Wendell Berry on Provisioning (rather than predicting)

Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present


Restoring Balance, Ethics and the Feminine to Money

Bernard Lietaer on Yin/Yang currencies and restoring balance


Indigenous Teachings  regarding restoring Sacred Balance

MENDING THE SACRED HOOP: Integrating the Theory of Process with Native American Mythology
by Little Bear and Hummux


Explaining GDP


Alternative Indicators: Genuine Progress Indicator, Better Life Index, etc

The Bhutanese national example  

OECD countries measures of well being: Better Life Index

State of Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator

State of Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator


Investing Resources:


General  Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Invest with Values Investing Directorywide array of information on investing, community, divesting etc Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing foundations and mission investing organizations  Business Alliance for Local Living Economies:  center of the local movement. Webinars, resources, conferences connecting leaders  Local Investing News, Education and Resources (Amy Cortese)


Practical Topics  New SEC Rules for Local Offerings to buy shares in a local business:  Community Capital Manual  Michael Shuman has conducted many studies about the power of local economic development, and how to match unused resources and assets to unmet needs


Divestment Movement  


Organizations Focused on Policy and Education

Ceres: At Ceres, our mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy  

American Sustainable Business Council:  educating about and advocating for sustainable business policy and practices

Public Banking Institute :  information and action for public banks brings together, for the first time, information about the broad range of community wealth building activity.


Banking and Shopping Locally break up with your mega-bank  break up with your bank why shop local – American Independent Business Alliance


Responsible Credit Cards


CDFI and Credit Unions CDFI explanation Self Help Credit Union example of a CDFI


Community Investment Notes Calvert Foundation Community Investment Notes

RSF Social Finance  RSF Social Finance Social Investment Fund Equal Exchange 3 year CD

Eastern Bank has partnered with Equal Exchange Co-op, a Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate merchant to offer a special 3-year CD.  earn a competitive CD rate while helping Equal Exchange provide over 30 farmer cooperatives in 16 countries with a fair price for their crops


Investing in Farmland and Farmers

Currently these are only available to accredited investors (investors with assets not counting their home, of at least $1 million, or, annual income of over $250,000) However, they and many other groups are in process of finding ways for everyone to be able to invest: Stay tuned

Self directed IRAs – Michael Shuman is currently writing a new guide, available  mid to late 2016.   check here for updates:


Community Capital  lending circles on line. Build credit and avoid debt  zero interest loans for local businesses  support local businesses with fundraising loans what is a Direct Public Offering  Pre-pay for local food


Slow Money  Slow Money N California very good website with resources Slow Money Maine one of the most well established and effective Slow Money groups.  Good resources  Investment group No Small Potatoes has good info on starting an investment club

LION Investing (Local Investment Opportunities Network)   ImpactAssets promotes a world where all capital is invested for optimal social, environmental and financial impact.  Currently offers donor advised fund. Working on having investment notes open to all investors.  Complimentary currency guide and resource to many kinds of complementary currencies


Cooperatives  understanding cooperatives info and some examples conversion to a worker owned cooperative Evergreen Cooperatives Transforming Cleveland inner city green jobs and wealth building