Money often gets more credit than it deserves, as we chase its limited potential to deliver satisfaction; it can also take a bad rap as the source of, if not all evil, then at least the instigator for a whopping dose of it. What’s the Middle Way of money? Funds are an integral part of the world most of us live and work in, and it occupies a central focus in our society’s attention and its functioning. That being the case, we’re sure to benefit by cultivating more healthful relationships with money.
And what exactly does that mean?
In this six-minute video, social venture and social finance pioneer Joel Solomon and I continue our exploration of the relationships between consciousness and money, and the ways in which they intersect, intermingling the sacred and profane. In this second part in a series, Joel shares some highlights on the path that has delivered him to his intriguing vantage point on the vanguard of the social entrepreneurship and social finance movements. These movements are charting new territory, answering the questions: how can money be a creative vehicle for greater sustainability? Social and environmental good? In a sense we are all waiting for the answers to those questions. And we can be part of the answer too.
As the video recounts, I first met social venture and social finance pioneer Joel Solomon at the annual Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock, on BC’s Cortes Island. As host, Joel personally welcomed me (as I imagine he welcomes all 150+ guests each year), and I thought he seemed like a good guy. I’ve come to appreciate Joel for his range of experiences with and perspectives on money, and his ongoing commitment to find new and healthier ways to express ourselves in our relationships with this ubiquitous and energy-neutral tool we’ve collectively invested with such meaning and power.
Enjoy, and join us in pursuing greater financial health – in its deeper as well as pragmatic meanings – for ourselves as individuals, leaders and members of organizations and businesses, communities and society. And stay tuned for more in this series.
This is the second in a series of seven vlogs with Joel, on the topic of the confluence of money, mindfulness, business and love.
If you’re wondering, “Why should I care what this guy Joel Solomon think about money?” (a fair question), click here to learn why he’s more than Just Another Rich Guy Doing Cool Stuff.
For a three-minute video on money as a spiritual path, its nutritive value, and the effects of how it is placed, click here.
Watch this four-minute vid on how combining business and finance with spirituality can save the planet (hot dang!).
This 3.5-minute video covers Joel’s approach to truth, skillful communication, and how to play well with others in the boardroom.
We discuss how business can be a vehicle for awareness and holistic health in this 3.5-minute vlog.
In this 4+ minute vlog, Joel and I strategize for four+ minutes on how to leverage the inevitable screwing up for greater awareness and happiness.
Want to know whether meditation is a discipline or vehicle for pleasure (even better sex)? Watch this 3.5-minute interview.
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