Rudolf Steiner developed a comprehensive view of social life, which he saw as being made up of three interdependent areas of society—spiritual–cultural, political, and economic. His social philosophy grew out of this view to become “associative economics.” In contrast to our current global financial systems, Steiner’s approach is collaborative and serves the real needs of consumers.
Steinerian Economics is a comprehensive collection of Steiner’s statements on economics, drawn from more than forty sources selected from the large body of his works currently available in English. It is an indispensable resource for all those seeking new perspectives on economics and money, through which the reader experiences new ways of understanding and interacting with social life. The ideas and the method itself become increasingly accessible to us as we apply these methods in our own thinking, while Rudolf Steiner’s contributions encourage meaningful steps toward a new economy.
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
Gary Lamb has worked in several occupations over the years, including building construction, farming, carpentry, high school teaching, manufacturing, fundraising, magazine publishing, and more. He cofounded and edited of The Threefold Review, an independent magazine for the study of social issues in the light of Anthroposophy. He is currently co-director of the Center for Social Research (CSR) in Hawthorne Valley, New York. He does research through the Ethical Technology Initiative.
Sarah Hearn is a complementary health practitioner working out of Anthroposophy. She sees both children and adult clients in upstate New York and elsewhere. Sarah offers workshops as part of the Developing the Self Care and Development of the Senses program and co-facilitates their Gender and Sexuality in-school curriculum for 5th to 12th grades, and for the last eight years has supported Inner Work Path workshops in the north eastern United States. Sarah has a background and interest in initiatives working for social health; she co-founded Think OutWord, a peer-led training in social threefolding for young people, which ran conferences and intensives for seven years, and has taught in high school, adult education, and community settings.
JOHN BLOOM is Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco (rsfsocialfinance.org). As part of his work there, he has been developing the Transforming Money Network, as well as other educational programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. Mr. Bloom founded two nonprofits and has served as a trustee on several, including Yggdrasil Land Foundation (yggdrasillandfoundation.org). He has worked with more than a hundred nonprofit organizations in capacity-building and cultural change. He leads workshops and lectures and has written extensively on education, the economics of a biodynamic CSA, and about money and philanthropy. He lives in San Francisco. As of October 2016, John Bloom is also General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He writes a blog at transformingmoney.blogspot.com).