Will a world without limitation bring us the freedom we crave? Or is the nature of freedom dependent on well placed constraints? We imagine greater wealth will bring freedom, and yet fame and riches often lead to increased fear and restriction. Vicki Robin discusses the multiple dimensions of freedom, including paradox, and how this relates to sustainability – both personal and planetary. “If we make certain choicesópersonally, socially, politically, culturally – there is an emergent, practical, beautiful, delicious and fun reality that is waiting for us to step into.” Learn how to align your life with the intentions of the Universe and discover your own personal path to freedom.
Vicki Robin has been a pioneer at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has helped launch many sustainability initiatives including: The New Road Map Foundation, The Simplicity Forum, The Turning Tide Coalition, Sustainable Seattle, The Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey, and more. In the 1990’s she served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Task Force on Population and Consumption. For fun, Vicki is a comedy improv actress, appearing frequently with her troupe, Comedy Island.
Her books include:
- Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century (Co-Author Joe Dominguez) (Penguin Books 2008, revised)
- Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth (Viking 2014)
To learn more about Vicki Robin’s work go to www.vickirobin.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How your personal consumption patterns can lead to greater freedom and security
- How sustainability can enhance the quality of your life
- First hand accounts of the Synthesis Dialogues with H. H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India
- Why Americans have such a difficult time with “restraint”
- The secret to the phenomenal success of Your Money or Your Life
- The crucial role systems play in all our organizations
- The nature of right relationship with others
- What social capital is and how it can transform the world
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 2/11/2000 Program Number: 2806