CMN: Michael Tellinger on Contributionism Video
Michael Tellinger on Contributionism
Next up...

Sign Up NowWatch the full video - and many others - now with your Gaiam TV subscription!

CMN: Michael Tellinger on Contributionism (November 2010)

Season 6, Episode 45
Available worldwide

I’ve interviewed a few people in the past who address the need for communities to come back together in a new kind of economy in which we give of our time and our talents, and receive the same from others. In the United States it’s called Time Banking, which is going strong in Madison, Wisconsin, and a few other cities. In South Africa, where there’s a 50 percent unemployment rate, at this moment in the fall of 2010, Michael Tellinger is prepared to put what he calls Contributionism center stage of South Africa’s politics and society. He lays out the platform in this conversation in which he calls for a world without money.

Regina Meredith


Michio Kaku on String Field Theory and the Multiverse Video
Season 1, Episode 1 Michio Kaku on String Field Theory and the Multiverse
Michio Kaku on String Field Theory and the Multiverse (June 2005)
Season 1, Episode 1
, 40 minutes
Having a hard enough time dealing with third dimensional life? How about eleven dimensions? Dr. Michio Kaku, co-founder of string field theory, has made it his life’s mission to discover the equation that leads us through ...
Available worldwide
Ron Davis on The Gift of Dyslexia Video
Season 1, Episode 2 Ron Davis on The Gift of Dyslexia
Ron Davis on The Gift of Dyslexia (June 2005)
Season 1, Episode 2
, 55 minutes
Ron Davis describes being born autistic and dyslexic, growing up in a time when there was little compassion for those who were different, and finally overcoming his challenges.
Available worldwide
Christine Arena on High Purpose Companies Video
Season 1, Episode 3 Christine Arena on High Purpose Companies
Christine Arena on High Purpose Companies (July 2005)
Season 1, Episode 3
, 34 minutes
Christine Arena, author of Cause for Success, discuses how high purpose companies developed their win-win philosophies regarding profits, people and the environment, and how consumers can prompt industry to move in this direction.
Available worldwide
Peter Russell on Looking for Love Video
Season 1, Episode 4 Peter Russell on Looking for Love
Peter Russell on Looking for Love (July 2005)
Season 1, Episode 4
, 26 minutes
Peter Russell, co-author of The Consciousness Revolution, discusses the roll of human consciousness and values in creating our current environmental and societal crisis, and why it may well be the younger generation that ...
Available worldwide

People who watched this also watched

Join the Conversation

Login or sign upsign up to add a comment

tammiecourt75, posted on September 16, 2015

The only reason anyone would believe this answer would not work is an oversized ego and an addiction to power and money, three traits i'm glad to say I do not possess, Its a wonderfull construct and i'm with you all the way, I'm forever being slated for my generosity and apparent foolishness but I've always had the vision that whats mine is yours because I choose to give it xxx

MEwing305, posted on August 24, 2015

This solution is untenable, though I must say that I admire the efforts of anyone willing to take responsibility of answering theses global questions. I must, however, point out the obviousness of his oversight in formulating this social theory. The notion of anyone being answerable at an individual level to the needs of the masses is slavery no matter how you slice it, because it is fundamentally a lie. We are not incarnate to be forced to contribute our gifts to any one, any group, or any outside force, for any reason.
We are here to discover our highest capacities as Hu-Man Beings (read god made flesh) by reconnecting with our personal desire to be the highest, and most authentic, expression of who we are. Everything else is a wonderful byproduct of our path to self mastery.
Do not misunderstand, at some level we all feel accountable to the consequences of our actions in relationship to the whole. But focusing on that notion as the guiding tenants of a "New Earth" society, only recreates a new generation of insecure homogeneous human puppets acting solely out of external pressure to be a "good upstanding member of society". Absolute malarkey!
There is only one system that will serve us moving forward, because it is the one that is intrinsically constructed around what is So.
We will always be the only real governing authority in our lives.
No manner of social coercion, intimidation, or flat out malice can strip away the Truth of free will that was graced to us. In your heart we each know this to be so. As such the only form of governance that will work for us, is one that acknowledges blindingly obvious truth.
You cannot control peoples behavioral choices! Trying to do so is an exercise in futility.
Instead we should aim for a system that facilitates the highest amount of personal liberty imaginable, while simultaneously offering awareness of how individual decisions are impacting the world as a whole. It is up to the individual to create, and recreate, how best to harmonize with the music of The Whole.
This is the only system that would allow everyone to reach their maximum creative potential while also coordinating this organic process into a synergistic web that benefits all life. After all this is the specialty of the Natural world.

nerolink, posted on May 5, 2014

The build up to the 2014 election is upon is. Its time to change South Africa around!

dumitru, posted on September 8, 2013

He says that people hate their jobs but they do it to make money, so take away all money and people will do their jobs because they want to. He says nothing is going to preclude you from doing what you want. Then he says that people will have to (be forced to) do what they are good at. If this sounds like a contradiction, he clarifies it by saying that absolute freedom will be gained by absolute control. That is right out of George Orwell’s 1984: “slavery is freedom”. He says we will have to get rid of the control group that controls through money, but this will be replaced by another control group that controls you for the good of the whole. Sounds like Animal Farm. And that’s just what communism said. He said it’s not communism because communism ran on money, but ignores that communism was also sold with the same bait of: to each according to his need, from each according to his ability, again controlled by someone else. Except this time he improves the bait by saying you can have whatever you want for free and live where ever you want. He doesn’t explain how 6 hundred million people are all going to get to live in the choice areas of the country. He says the children don’t belong to the parents, which is another communistic idea. He makes many contradictions such as everyone will have to work, then saying you won’t have to work, but you’ll get so bored of not working, you’ll want to join all the happy people that are working, completely ignoring the fact that in a society where everything is provided for free, a lot of people will want to spend their time playing. He says that the 5,000 shoe factory workers will become 5,000 individual shoe makers, ignoring the fact that he just said they hate their job. He says everyone will need to learn how to grow food and then says of course only a few people will learn how to grow food, because you will only do what you are interested in. He says “I love baking bread, so I would be the baker”, ignoring the fact that baking bread for your family once a week is a lot more fun that baking bread for the whole community 8 hours a day 5 days a week, because people want bread. He says crime will vanish because if you want a new TV just come and get it, ignoring the fact way more people like watching TV than like making TVs, or that like mining the ores or drilling the oil and making the plastics needed to make TVs. He says all the cruelty and abuse in the world is because of money, which is just ridiculous. A great majority of people have money without becoming cruel or abusive. What he ignores is that as long as you don’t have freedom and you have a controlling group, that people who like to control other people will gravitate to that ruling elite. That is where cruelty and abuse come from. That is history, over and over again, paved by many of the same sort of promises he is making. Then Regina says that everyone in their heart wants this kind of system. I don’t think so.

jaspeadariel, posted on August 24, 2012

Password is case sensitive.

Gaiam TV is now Gaia. Learn More Here