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Freeconomy Movement (01:37)


Mark Boyle has a degree in business and economics. He found himself happier and healthier at the end of a year living without money. The "moneyless man" has a design for life that supports environmental health.

Separation from Nature (02:37)

Boyle began questioning the economic system when he realized how disconnected people are from what they consume. Money gives the illusion of independence but comes with consequences.

Community Consequences (02:11)

Boyle struggled with re-entering the monetary world after his year without money. He describes how money disconnects people from each other and nature.

Fight for Oil Resources (01:57)

Boyle decided not to consume fossil fuels after meeting refugees from the Middle East. Money disconnects people from the processes involved in getting the things they consume.

"The Moneyless Manifesto" (03:33)

Boyles describes how he got started on his journey without money. His new book gives readers a foundation for living without money that can be adjusted depending on location and situation.

The Freecycle Network (03:42)

Boyle lived in a caravan he found through a website. He parked in an orchard and helped grow food. Boyle strives to participate in his own entertainment rather than consume it.

Heating Without Electricity (03:05)

Boyle talks about living without money during cold winters in the U.K. He felt more connected to the land by experiencing the seasons. He wonders if modern comfort is sustainable.

Transportation (03:00)

Boyle used a bike to get around during his year without money. He was able to find parts he needed through the gift economy.

Life Before Money (02:49)

Boyle addresses critics who point out that he used items that others purchased during his year without money.

Addiction to Modern Civilization (04:54)

Boyle was nervous about living without money for the first three months. He let go of his anxiety after learning to trust the world.

Dependant on External Forces (01:44)

Boyle believes most people experience a low level of anxiety because of insecurity in the current economic system.

Opposition to Free Living (03:15)

Some people have expressed anger at Boyle for living without money. He believes it is because he is showing that money does not equal success, which makes people question their own identities.

Inherent Violence in Consumption (03:05)

Boyle says nonviolence is impossible in a money-based culture. He addresses violence against humans and nature.

Transition to Diversification (03:07)

Boyle addresses people who do not believe they are capable of living without money. His goal is raise awareness. Gift relationships have been converted to financial relationships.

Freeconomy (02:30)

Boyle talks about his online project that connects people to local resources and skills. The system is about giving not bartering.

Spirit of Community (05:30)

Boyle compares the Freeconomy to family. The system promotes giving and removes competition. This provides a sense of abundance as opposed to the scarcity created by the current economic system.

Irony of the Free Market (03:43)

Boyle notes that the current economic system commits a subtle form a violence by making people do things they do not want to do in order to survive. Everything has been converted to financial transactions.

Transition to Sustainable Living (03:29)

Boyle addresses conflict that arises from the Freeconomy operating within the economic system. He would like to see the technology based project become more personal through human interaction.

Challenging the Status Quo (02:39)

Boyle discusses the political aspect of the Freeconomy. He would consider a death threat proof that he has sufficiently challenged the current economic system.

Finding Dunbar's Number (02:53)

Boyle explains what it means to "combine deep ecology with economics to give radically new perspectives on pillars of economic theory." He wants people to think in terms of optimum rather than maximum.

Spiritualism and Materialism (02:41)

Boyle discusses the spiritual element of living without money. He comments on the merging of actions and values.

Final Thoughts on Living without Money (03:28)

Boyle was surprised at how much he enjoyed living without money. He feels more connected to nature and no longer fears death.

Credits: The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle (00:17)

Credits: The Moneyless Man: Mark Boyle

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This episode of The Green Interview features Mark Boyle, who defied the odds when he launched an experiment to live for one year without spending any money. Nearly three years later, he remains the “moneyless man,” living a subsistence lifestyle in Sussex, England. Boyle’s first book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living (2010) chronicles his first year living without money. His second book, The Moneyless Manifesto (2012), delves more deeply into the philosophy behind a moneyless economy, and here, in this interview, he explains how to “live well, live rich, live free.”

Length: 69 minutes

Item#: BVL56730

ISBN: 978-0-81609-141-6

Copyright date: ©2012

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