Money and Life

Money and Life

2013, Economics  -   147 Comments
Ratings: 7.73/10 from 79 users.

Money and Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?

This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here.

Most importantly, Money and Life says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid and as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

Directed by: Katie Teague

More great documentaries

Notify of

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
7 years ago

What if we kept the monetary system, but instead of using paper notes or gold, we used something that had an expiry date just like such as that with food? That way yield would project wealth instead of total amount, and instead of hording it could be shared without losing the benefits of the current systems "winners and losers"? Sure, the idea would need some tweaking to become more equitable and fair, but it would progress from the systems "too big to fail" problems by helping out the little guy come the time of expiry. After all, would it not be better to share out your chocolate coins with others in a gesture of good will, than let them all spoil after their expiry date and have to throw them all away?

8 years ago

Useful up until 55 mins, unless everybody collectively comes together to solve this issue, we will consume until there's nothing left.

10 years ago

Very Cute, but all of the participants forgot something, the billions made, were used to buy soil, resources, raw commodities, so, with this economy something had to give.

10 years ago

Wrong information.
The assertion that there is no money in existence for the interest, and we have to borrow more to pay for the interest, is wrong.
It's wrong because, banks spend money into the market which creates money for the market to pay the interest. If banks never spend their interest earnings.. then, there would be problems.. but banks pay wages for employees.. and stuff..
So the passage about above issue is simply wrong.

10 years ago

An excellent documentary that is informative, and accurate. The problem is their solutions will never get any traction because the rules that are in place are written in stone, protected by politicians, and enforced through power, fear, and intimidation. Since the elite own basically everything, their addiction to greed is solidified, and anything that would allow people self sufficiency and security cannot be instituted because it is a direct threat to the 1%'s control over the masses. Since the vast majority of people are brainwashed, and apathetic, they will not do what is necessary to change it, thus the 99% are divided and conquered, and the cancer within humanity will continue to fester.

Sieben Stern
10 years ago

8:26 - the concept of separation from creation actually was started with the story of genesis where man was put above the animals, not during the roman times, as the guy states. it's older than he is alluding to.

I like the concept of this docu, but some of their 'wind up the rectum' is absurd.

money over deity? yes. money actually exists. i give up. 11 mins and i'm out.

10 years ago

I am left wondering why President Nixon dismantled the Gold System? Was it not a financial system that gave the US monetary stability?

10 years ago

Money is not a problem its convenient. We're the problem. fix that and we have no problem. We are seeking the right answers to the wrong question. After reading our comments I feel as though its like saying, This hammer doesn't work right i can't seem to hit the nail on the head get me another hammer would you please.

Now, can we start from here, fresh?

Your Name
10 years ago

I totally agree that money is just a tool to help people connect, exchange and share, to help humanity care for each other, and improve all of our lives, and perhaps that was the original intent for the use of money, but somewhere along the road, money became the goal itself, and greed took over. However, I am optimistic in the future and glad that people are finally starting to realize what is really important. The financial crisis has awakened many people, as the illusory veil has been lifted.

10 years ago

we are fish living in a sea of money! Absolutely, most people will be resistant to the idea of life and a society without money. That is the very heart of the problem. How do we transition out of a monetary system? We better start thinking how to do this about because our monetary system is the very root source of all wars and the vast majority of our societal problems.

10 years ago

@bringmeredwine:Please Mary Poppens,get real.The real ratio is more like 10 to 1.Talks cheap,the good,bad and ugly.Only the shadow knows.

10 years ago

Helping your fellow man by exchanging goods and services, sharing your wealth, paying forward good deeds, is all well and good; but don't be surprised if every 10th person is just out for themselves or tries to screw you any way they can.
You have to take the bad with the good.

10 years ago

moneyless system is the evolution of man, anything less is unacceptable period.

10 years ago

Same old control wrapped with a new pretty bow.........

Harry Nutzack
10 years ago

yet another monetary conjob. if you get a reward for volunteering, you are no longer a volunteer. your "not for profit" effort has become a for profit effort. your "volunteerism" becomes "taxable earnings". another hour plus of hypnotic set-up, before they drop the con. when you engage in commerce and trade outside the monetary system, you become a tax dodger, a cheat. when you label something as not for profit, that earns a profit, you become a grifter. when you label something as volunteerism, that earns substantial reward, you are lying to yourself to justify this dodging and grifting. you also become a fraud. "touchy feely" freeman foolishness is no less foolish, or felonious.

10 years ago

peak oil or low energy levels we are carbon based lifeforms not money connects the dots

10 years ago

Nice doc,but just old wine in new bottles offering up no practical solution.Cum-bi-ya?