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Author: Mark Anielski

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Hi I’m Mark Anielski an economist and the author of An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness and the award-winning book The Economics of Happiness.
29 Episodes
My next guest is Walt McCree with the US-based Public Banking Institute (and Associates). Walt and I discuss the importance of this weeks decision of California's State Governor Gavin Newsom that allows California cities and counties to create their own public banks, making the state one of just two (after North Dakota in 1919 and the province of Alberta (Canada) in 1938) to legalize institutions of that kind. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Public Banking Act, or AB 857, which will allow city and county governments to create, or sponsor, public banks. Those banks will in turn provide public agencies access to loans at interest rates much lower than they could find at private banks. Supporters say the change sets the stage for funding infrastructure demands or providing loans to developers to help meet affordable housing needs. Walt and I discuss the importance of this historical victory for public banking and why public banking is a key piece of the architecture for building flourishing economies of well-being.
World renowned process theologian John Cobb Jr. (94) gave this special keynote lecture in Seoul, South Korea on September 30, 2019. He presents his ideas on how the process theology philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead (father of process theology) would become the foundation for a transition of our current society towards an ecological civilization.
 Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute,  a Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles. In the best-selling Web of Debt (2007, 2012), she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust,” showing how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves and how we the people can get it back.In The Public Bank Solution (2013) she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally. Today most of our money is created, not by governments, but by banks when they make loans.Her new book Banking on the People published June 1, 2019 takes the reader step by step through the sausage factory of modern money creation, explores improvements made possible by advances in digital technology, and proposes upgrades that could transform our outmoded nineteenth century system into one that is democratic, sustainable, and serves the needs of the twenty-first century.Ellen joins me today from her home in Los Angeles to talk about the important role of public banking and explores why Alberta has such an important competitive advantage with North America’s largest public bank, the Alberta Treasury branch which was founded in 1938 by Alberta’s Social Credit government.
Tim Nash is the founder of Good Investing and blogs as The Sustainable Economist. As an expert on socially responsible investing, impact investing, and the green economy, he is regularly featured in publications such as CBC’s The National, BNN Bloomberg’s Market Call, and the Globe and Mail. He earned his BA in Economics from Dalhousie University (Canada) and his Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden). He is the lead researcher for Ethical Market’s Green Transition Scoreboard® research report, which details more than $10.3 trillion of private investments in the global green economy.Tim joined me May 31, 2019 from Toronto to share his insights into impact investing and how you and I can start orienting our investment choices to building a better economy of well-being.
 Takota Coen is one of Canada's youngest and innovative pioneering permaculture farmers. Takota along with his family farm 250 acres of prime agriculture land just east of Ponoka Alberta near Red Deer Lake. practice a form of land stewardship called Permaculture. Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; looking at the interaction of plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system, which has been the basis of industrial agriculture for decades.Takota was born, raised and now helps steward Coen Farms using permaculture principles. The Coen family has been transforming their farm into an agro-ecological oasis since 1988.  Their story began in 1988 the Coen family could no longer ignore the declining health of their land, their animals, their family & their community.  They decided to eliminate all chemical fertilizers & biocides. Today, Takota along with his parents continue that tradition, & with the addition of permaculture design & holistic management their 250 acre award winning farm is proud to be a part of the growing regenerative agriculture revolution that is healing the planet & its people.He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from The Permaculture Research Institute, a Holistic Management Certificate, and a Red Seal Certificate for Carpentry.When he is not busy farming, Takota works to empower others with the tools and resources to design, implement, and manage resilient living systems that are Earth restorative. Takota spoke with me about how he envisions permaculture being the basis of not only a new era in growing food and healing our bodies but also as a model for the economy; a key platform for building an economy of well-being.
 Marilynn Hughes is my next guest on an economy of well-being podcast. Marilyn is a Christian mystic. She has experienced, researched, written and taught about Out-of-Body Travel and Mysticism since 1987 and has appeared on innumerable radio and television programs to discuss her thousands of out-of-body experiences. She is featured in the documentary film ‘The Road to Armageddon’ which was released in the Fall of 2012 and has been included in ‘The Encyclopedia of the Unseen World,’ Marilynn Hughes founded ‘The Out-of-Body Travel Foundation’ in 2003 (Mission – Reduce Spiritual and Physical Hunger Worldwide). Marilynn has written 98+ books, 40 magazines and around 15 CD's on Out-of-Body Travel and Comparative Religious Mysticism. These books, along with accompanying music and art, are all available for free download. She has studied the Ancient Sacred Texts of all Major and Minor World Religions extensively, as well as the fullest breadth of mystical teachings and works. She has one of the most extensive library of mystical works I’ve ever seen.Marilynn came across her vocation as a mystic unexpectedly. When she was nine years old, she had her first profound vision wherein she saw the heavens open and a beautiful marble staircase surrounded by angels led to the throne of God. In this experience, she was told many things, among them that He would return to her later in her life and give her a mission. When she was 22 years old, she had her first out-of-body experience completely unexpectedly which began a process of journaling which would unleash thousands of out-of-body travel and mystical experiences over the next decades which began and led the process which changed her life, her career and her focus from then forward.Marilynn joins me today from her home in the US to talk about how she sees an economy of well-being and love emerging in our world that often seems so dark and hopeless. In the face of these seemingly overwhelming challenges she gives us what just might the ‘red pill’ for a more joyful future.
Jacqueline Cardinal is a gifted young (28) indigenous woman. Jacqueline was recently named as one of the top people under 40, along with her brother Hunter Cardinal (24), by Avenue Magazine. Jacqueline is a serial entrepreneur. She is the co-owner and Managing Director of Naheyawin, and indigenous owned and operated consulting firm that creates and searches for tools to assist indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in their effort to reclaim the spirit of the Treaties and to build a new relationship (a new story) for a better and more vibrant future for Canada. She spoke with me today (01.21.2019) in Edmonton about what gives her hope and about her journey and challenges as an indigenous entrepreneurial woman. She and her brother Hunter have produced a new play called Lake of the Strangers. Lake of the Strangers was Inspired by ancient Nehiyaw mythology; the story follows two brothers in their last summer adventure, through forests, rivers, and not knowing. Lake of the Strangers is a journey of two brothers finding each other and themselves. Lake of the Strangers is playing at the  ATB Financial  Arts Barn (Backstage Theatre) until February 2, 2019.
Carol Anne Hilton is one of the leading First Nations thinkers and leaders in Canada. Her concept of 'indigenomics' is gaining more attention in Canada and around the world. In 2018 she launched the Indigenomics Institute, the leading research, education, and engagement platform for supporting the rebuilding  and design of Indigenous economies of Indigenous peoples worldwide. The Institute works to  facilitate the realization of Indigenous modern political, economic, legal and community development objectives.Indigenomics is a dialogue and design platform to bring attention and focus to the growing Indigenous Economy; estimated to reach $100 billion in Canada in the years ahead. An Indigenous economic growth future is good for everyone and will bring new hope for all Canadians.
December 22, 2018My next special guest is Lil MacPherson, a businesswoman and restaurateur based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Lil is the the co-founder of the Wooden Monkey restaurant.I first met Lil in Halifax in 2007 when she hosted a book salon in her restaurant for my first book, The Economics of Happiness.The Wooden Monkey believes that sustainable agriculture protects our environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Lil believes that sustainable agriculture also produces foods that are better for you than the highly processed industrial alternatives--and you sure can taste the difference! Lil is passionate about food; she believes that serving good, local and healthy food is the base of better lives.In 2016 Lil ran for the mayor of Halifax against the incumbent Mike Savage. She did very well considering this was her first crack at politics.We spoke today about her current interests and her vision of the future for Halifax and Canada.
What would an economy of well-being for Alberta look like? Author Mark Anielski outlines his vision for a new economic future for Alberta.
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