Della Duncan on Right Livelihood, Relationship with Money, Reducing Suffering, Sexual Violence Prevention, Buddhist Economics, 5Rhythms Dance, Finding Moments of Happiness, and More (#160)

There is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed

– Gandhi

Della Duncan is a Renegade Economist based in San Francisco. She teaches workshops and retreats about alternative economics around the world, supports individuals working to better align their values with their work as a Right Livelihood Coach, and offers consulting to organizations, businesses, and local governments contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change.

Della is also the host of the Upstream Podcast challenging traditional economic thinking through documentaries and interviews, a Senior Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute in the London School of Economics, the Course Development Manager of Fritjof Capra’s Capra Course on the Systems View of Life, a Gross National Happiness Master Trainer, a member of the 36×36 project (36 femxle change makers rethinking global economic frameworks), the Community Leader of Ingleside Community Power (a community-owned solar-power neighborhood cooperative), and a founding member of the Doughnut Economics California Coalition (DECC).

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  • What did you learn from book abolishing Silicon valley?
  • What do you mean by improving Silicon Valley?
  • Could you speak to your relationship with money perhaps now are in your earlier years?
  • How should someone find more moments of happiness?
  • What are your spiritual practices on a regular basis?
  • 5Rhythms dance movement practice
  • Connection with London School of Economics
  • People who are making more money and who are at the top of the economic ladder, they would say that they have worked so hard to come to this position to make more money and people who are not making money, they may not have good qualification or something like that. So how do we handle that?
  • What do you consider yourself as a Buddhist or a bodhisattva?
  • Eight fold noble path
  • Why is it that you are more attracted to a right livelihood in this eight fold noble path?
  • How do we use her right livelihood concept to reduce suffering and harm in the world?
  • How do you define suffering from Buddhism perspective?
  • To reduce the pain and suffering, you suggest to you mindfulness. Are there specific concrete practices?
  • Could you share any memorable story from your own suffering in the past, if anything that comes to your mind?
  • Where do you see this Buddhist economics going in the next 10, 15 years to alleviate, suffering and improve the systems?
  • Spiritual ecology
  • Under the umbrella of Buddhism, we have Zen Buddhism, we have Tibetan Buddhism. So what kind of of Buddhism are you talking about in this conversation?
  • The world needs more deep generalist. Could you describe that in brief?
  • Do you have frameworks or rules to practice deep generalist? How do we cultivate more of this deep generalist?
  • You also work in the areas of sexual violence, prevention and intervention.
  • How do you use mindfulness into preventing sexual violence?
  • And, much more


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