The human experiment is at a threshold point.
Our current economic system –one of the major organizing forces of human activity– depends on perpetual growth. This is incompatible with the finite physical boundaries of planet Earth. One of the drivers of continual economic expansion is investment capital’s demand for exponential growth through the compounding of investment returns. Both the economic system and the financial system are operating largely in the absence of moral and ethical guidance, with damaging social and environmental consequences.
Our long-term survival depends on our transition to an economic and financial system compatible with the reality of a finite biosphere and with a just and compassionate society, yet the general public lacks the economic and financial literacy necessary to actively engage in such transition.
Essential Knowledge for Transition (EK4T) is an educational effort to deepen the general public’s understanding of the economic system, the money system, and the financial system, empowering citizens to engage democratically in the fundamental transformation of these systems.
EK4T has offered guest lectures and facilitated community conversations about the economic system, money and banking system and the financial system since 2012. As of 2016 EK4T also offers investor education through a series of daylong workshops around the US, designed to help individuals align their investments with their values. In 2017 the content of the Align Your Investments with Your Values workshop has been made available as a series of webinars.