“More will always give you lack, and make you want more.” Lynne Twist makes a variety of points challenging our perceptions of what it means to be “poor” in this talk. ​ T​wist has worked with resource poor individuals for more than thirty years. In her book, ​"​The Soul of Money​"​, she discusses several misconceptions the everyday person has about philanthropy and how to give back​. ​She argues that you don’t have to have a lot of money to be a philanthropist​, and also maintains that​ individuals are not the sum of their financial circumstances, and that​ living in resource​-​poor, oppressive circumstances ​does not necessarily make someone "poor". ​The ​rich​ values of community, creative intelligence, and emotional exchange​ are often found in abundance where monetary resources may be scarce​. By living an “uncommitted life,” one not governed by desires, wants, or needs, we can discover what it truly means to be fulfilled.


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  • Learn more about Lynne Twist’s research and viewpoints.
  • Watch this film trailer (and the entire film) of Heidemarie Schwermer's experiment in Living Without Money.
  • Dedicate some time to a seemingly “resource-poor” area in your community and be challenged by the stories of individuals living there. 

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