In this week’s podcast episode I interview John Perkins, author of the groundbreaking Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
In his 2005 bestseller, John revealed his former work as an economic hit man, persuading leaders in the developing world to accept loans that would leave their countries in crippling debt.
These debts furthered the flow of wealth to corporate powers, and helped to create the conditions for the global economic and environmental crises we now face.
John is founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, non-profits dedicated to creating a world future generations will want to inherit. He has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and his TED X Talk is titled: An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action.
In our conversation, John talks about:
- how the economic hit man system has expanded since 9/11 and is now being employed in every part of the world, including the US (a development which prompted him to write his sequel book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)
- what he has learned from shamanic cultures about how we change the world by changing our perception of it
- the revolution of consciousness that he sees taking hold across the planet
- how corporate leaders need us to exert pressure so that corporations can become good citizens
- things each of us can do to help accelerate the global transition from a death economy to a life economy