Contributed Piece: ‘The Ecosexual Awakening‘
Charles Eisenstein is a non-academic countercultural intellectual who speaks and writes on themes of civilization, money, technology, education, ecology, and non-dualistic spirituality. He is the author of four books, including his best-known book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in an Age of Transition, and most recently The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible.
Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, then lived in Taiwan for the next nine years where he worked as a Chinese translator. Since 2003 he has held occasional part-time positions in academia (Penn State and Goddard College), in addition to stints as a yoga teacher and construction worker. Since 2011 he has been speaking and writing full time.
In 2011 his essay “No Demand is Big Enough” and subsequent short film, produced by Ian MacKenzie, “The Revolution is Love” influenced Occupy Wall Street and associated Charles Eisenstein with the sacred activism movement. His essays, which revolve around the evolution in the human sense-of-self and story-of-self, bridge the worlds of activism and spirituality. They have appeared in The Intelligent Optimist, Resurgence, The Ecologist, Kosmos Journal, The Guardian, Adbusters, and many others. As a speaker he is part of the same bridging: hosts range from Buddhist and Sufi organizations, to churches, to permaculture and transition groups, to alternative and mainstream conferences.
He is also known as a proponent of gift economics, adopting gift models in most of his speaking events and retreats, and advising other people and organizations on how to adopt gift principles in their own economic lives. His three most recent books are, with the agreement of his publisher North Atlantic Books, available freely on line.
Charles currently lives in Camp Hill, PA with his wife and three of his four children.