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How Money can shape and control your life – If you let it

Documentary film reveals how Money is crucial to our wellbeing – Watch this overlooked gem here.

No 2344 Posted by fw, August 5, 2018

Katie Teague

“An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, “Money & Life” does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to all our well-being: How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens, as human beings? Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality? … What does it really mean to make a living? The film itself demonstrates how to approach these questions with both clarity and compassion.  “Money & Life” empowers each of us to respond to the fundamental issues of our time and participate in the emerging new economy.”Katie Teague, Director/Producer/Editor


Money & Life, A Story About Money That Will Change Your Life, by Katie Teague, Director/Producer/Editor, October 8, 2013

This 1-hour 26-minute documentary film, Money & Life, was released by Vimeo on October 8, 2013 and posted on You Tube on April 20, 2017. To visit the website for Money & Life, click on this link —

The content of this post is organized under the following four headings:

  1. Subheadings with Chronological Index
  2. Short Synopsis
  3. The Film Money & Life
  4. Name and Bio Sketch of the 29 Experts Who Appeared in the Film


1/ Subheadings with Chronological Index

The film is organized under the following 19 subheadings, which includes the hr:min:sec time of first appearance on the screen.

00:00:13 – Money & Life — Introduction — Money has become the objective for everything in society
00:03:26 – How Does Money Shape Your Life?
00:12:53 – What Is Money?
00:18:30 – The Growth Economy
00:23:21 – The Growth Dilemma
00:27:26 – Scarcity
00:33:06 – How Do You Feel About Money?
00:33:47 – The Consumer
00:36:52 – How Much Is Enough?
00:37:56 – Global Casino
00:42:08 – Siphon-Up
00:44:52 – Planet Finance
00:48:51 – House Of Cards
01:00:19 – The New Economy
01:00:51 – What Does The New Economy Look Like?
01:03:09 – New Systems
01:10:39 – New Culture of Money
01:16:00 – Gift Economy
01:20:14 – What Makes You Feel Truly Wealthy In Your Life?
01:23:38 – END OF STORY followed by credits
01:26:11 – END OF CREDITS


2/ Short Synopsis ( )

MONEY & LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

The film takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here. Most importantly, MONEY & LIFE says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid and as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

The film is a tapestry of beautifully shot expert interviews woven with compelling vignettes of individuals and businesses consciously transforming their relationship with money.  Together with dynamic animation, an original music score and an elegant voice of narration, the film tells a new story of money, but more broadly it tells a new story of humanity.  MONEY & LIFE aspires to be a part of bringing a new consciousness to our understanding and practices in the world of money, bringing a touch of humor and a lot of heart to a matter that concerns us all.

An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, MONEY & LIFE does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to all our well-being: How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens, as human beings? Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality? What responsibilities should a corporate charter convey? What does it really mean to make a living? The film itself demonstrates how to approach these questions with both clarity and compassion.  MONEY & LIFE empowers each of us to respond to the fundamental issues of our time and participate in the emerging new economy.


3/ The Film – Money & Life


4/ Name and Bio Sketch of the 29 Experts Who Appeared in the Film (arranged alphabetically by last name) The website link includes a photo of each expert. ( )

Rebecca Adamson, a Cherokee, has worked directly with grassroots tribal communities, and nationally as an advocate of local tribal issues since 1970. She started First Nations Development Institute in 1980 and First Peoples Worldwide in 1997. She works globally with grassroots tribal communities, sits on the boards of the Corporation for Enterprise Development and the Calvert Social Investment Fund, and is an advisor to the United Nations on rural development.

Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth. His work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies of South and West Africa. Orland is currently focusing on understanding the deeper meaning money for designing new economic platforms that support healthy community life. He is a member of the Spirit of Money Collaborative.

John Bloom is Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance. As part of his work he has been developing the Transforming Money Collaborative, as well as other educational programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. His most recent book is The Genius of Money – Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World.

Ellen Brown developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In her most recent book, Web of Debt, she has taken those skills and created an amazing analysis of the Federal Reserve and the historical unfolding of the current money system. She writes regular articles for the Huffington Post.

Dr. Edgar S. Cahn is the creator of Time Dollars and the founder of TimeBanks USA, as well as the co-founder of the National Legal Services Program and the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law). He is the author of “No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative,” and “Time Dollars.” As the president and founder of the Time Dollar USA, Cahn’s experience with Time Dollars led him in 1995 to develop a radical new framework for social welfare and social justice that turns recipients of service into co-producers of change.

Graciela Chichilnisky is the author of the carbon market of the UN Kyoto Protocol that became international law in 2005. Dr. Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics at Columbia University. Dr. Chichilnisky is a Professor of Economics and Mathematical Statistics at Columbia University. Her most recent books are Saving Kyoto, published in fall 2009, and The Economics of Climate Change.

Charles Eisenstein is a philosopher, teacher and author. His books include The Ascent of Humanity and the upcoming Sacred Economics. Charles is also on the faculty of the Health Arts and Sciences program at Goddard College. Read his blog on Reality Sandwich.

Riane Eisler is a social scientist, attorney, and author whose work on cultural transformation has inspired both scholars and social activists. She has been a leader in the movement for peace, sustainability, and economic equity, and her pioneering work in human rights has expanded the focus of international organizations to include the rights of women and children.  Her most recent book is The Real Wealth of Nations.

Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzutti-Jones is a priest for pastoral care and nurture as Trinity Wall Street, the Episcopal parish located in Lower Manhattan at the head of Wall St. Trinity Church has been actively engaged in a deep dialogue about creating an ethical economy, “a whole new vision of economic life.”

John Fullerton leads all activities of the Capital Institute. Since the formal launch of Capital Institute in 2010, John has established himself as a thought leader in the “new economy” space, on financial reform, and as a leading practitioner of “impact investing.”  He writes a weekly blog, “The Future of Finance,” at Capital Institute, and speaks regularly on the intersection of sustainability, social justice, and finance.  John is also the principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment firm focused on high impact sustainable private investments.

Robin Gottfried is a Professor of Economics at the University of the South. Professor Gottfried is interested in the interrelationships between humans and their natural environment: How and why do people change their environment, what ecological impact does this change have, and how does this impact, in turn, affect other people.   His book is called Economics, Ecology, and the Roots of Western Faith: Perspectives from the Garden.

Thomas Greco is a community and monetary economist, educator, writer, and consultant. He is a former tenured college teacher who has spent more than 30 years studying and writing about ways to achieve greater harmony, equity, and sustainability through business and economics. His most recent book is The End of Money and the Future of Civilization.  He also keeps an active blog on money and the economy.

William Greider, a national reporter of 40 years, is currently the national correspondent for The Nation, the country’s oldest and largest political weekly. His career has spanned newspapers small and large, magazines, public television and books. He writes about capitalism and about democracy and explains how these two value systems are in collision. Author of many books, he wrote The Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country.

Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media and the creator and co-executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, and author of The Axiom and Nautilus award-winning book Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006) and eight other books.

Jean Houston is a scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. A powerful and dynamic speaker, she holds conferences and seminars with social leaders, educational institutions and business organizations worldwide.

Aaron Kipnis is core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  Dr. Kipnis is clinical psychologist and author of several books, including Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help “Bad Boys” Become Good Men.  Dr. Kipnis teaches classes on the psychological influence of money on our lives and sense of who we are.

David Korten is an author, lecturer and most of all a deeply engaged citizen.  His biography is long but in short he works to call us all into the possibility of creating a conscious economy.  His most recent book Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth is a response to the financial crisis of 2008.  Read his Yes! Magazine blog.

Rabbi Steven Leder is the senior rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, CA in addition to teaching homiletics at HUC-JIR  teaching homiletics at HUC-JIR.  He has published essays in Reform Judaism and the Los Angeles Times and is the author of More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul.

Bernard Lietaer has been active in the domain of money systems for a period of 25 years in an unusual variety of functions. While at the Central Bank in Belgium he co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism (ECU) to the single European currency system.  He is the author of The Future of Money and New Money for a New World.

Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.  He is the author of many books, including Money and the Meaning of Life. In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of business, psychology, education, medical ethics and philanthropy.  His most recent book is What Is God?

John Perkins was Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, advisor to the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies. John’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a startling exposé of international corruption. Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world our children will want to inherit.

James Quilligan, international economist, is an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975, Quilligan served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians & leaders, such as Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterrand, Edward Heath, Julius Nyerere, Lopez Portillo Olaf Palme, & others.

Vicki Robin is well-known as the coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the international best-seller, Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Called the prophet of “consumption-downsizers” by the New York Times, she is a frequent speaker on this issue at conferences and at professional meetings of organizations seeking to understand and contribute to the national trend toward sustainable lifestyles.

Elizabet Sahtouris is an evolution biologist, futurist, author and consultant.  In her unique approach, called “Living Systems Design,” she applies the principles of biology and evolution to organizational development so that organizations may become more functional, healthy “living systems,” with increased resilience, stability, and cooperation.  She wrote Earth Dance: Living Systems in Evolution.

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, and activist, she won the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi, India, and is an Associate Editor of The Ecologist magazine. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India’s leading physicists.

Her work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the environment. She founded Navdanya, a organizational network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India.  She is the author of many books, including Earth Democracy.

Lynne Twist is a global activist, fundraiser, speaker, consultant and author.  Her award-winning book The Soul of Money has been an inspiration to many. She has dedicated her life to global initiatives that serve the best instincts in all of us.  She has spent more than three decades working in positions of leadership on major global initiatives. She co-founded The Pachamama Alliance with her husband Bill Twist.

Judy Wicks is the founder and former owner of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.  She is also co-founder of BALLE , the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

Stuart Valentine is President of CenterPoint Investment Management (CPIM) an active member of the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) movement. Since 2000, CPIM (formerly Iowa Progressive Asset Management) has actively been involved in deal structuring and placement for Green Private Equity investments along with investment management services in the public equity markets. He also is an expert in forward markets via his 20-year experience in the Commodity Futures and Options markets as co-founder of Crown Futures Corp.

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