Sunday, May 12, 2013

At the Intersection of Money and Spirit

John Bloom
Author, Artist, Philanthropic Program Innovator

Date: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 2 - 4pm

Money is the threshold experience of the 21st century. Understanding it and our relationship to it is key to our capacity to transform the world around us, and to living in compassionate interdependence. Based upon his experiences working in social finance and the social and spiritual insights of Rudolf Steiner, Bloom will share some leading thoughts and engage the group in a collaborative inquiry of how to stand in spiritual integrity while being an engaged economic citizen.

John Bloom is Senior Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, where he has developed innovative philanthropic programs and contributed to the organization's thought leadership in the field of social finance. As part of his work at RSF, he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He writes frequently for RSF's Reimagine Money blog on aspects of the new economy. He has worked with over 100 non-profits over the last seven years in the areas of capacity building and culture change. He has led many workshops, lectured, and written about aspects of money, development, and governance for non-profits. John has founded two non-profits, served as a trustee on several, including Yggdrasil Land Foundation, an agricultural land trust, and worked as the administrator at San Francisco Waldorf School for eight years before joining RSF. He was part of founding the Live Power Community Farm CSA twenty-three years ago and is still an active member. He has been a frequent contributor to the Biodynamic Journal on topics such as the economics of CSAs and the cultural life of vegetables. He holds an MFA (UNM) in painting and photography, has work in major collections, and sees the integration of the arts as essential to healthy organizational life.

His book, The Genius of Money: Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World (SteinerBooks) was published in October 2009. In 2012, he edited and introduced a collection of essays entitled Slow Investing: How Your Money Can Transform the World. He lives in San Francisco.

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