Money Matters

by Laurie Anderson via

Laurie Anderson presents Intro to Balanced Leadership with Kim Hudson in Vancouver on March 8.

 In addition to protection against scarcity we need to have a symbol (money) that measures how much of what we love we have in our lives (Teague does an excellent job of giving us an idea of what that would look like).  That’s where balanced leadership comes in.

We recently watched a rough cut of an impressive new documentary by Katie Teague (, which explores society’s relationship with money. As the world grapples with yet another financial crisis, Teague’s film eloquently illuminates the unconscious assumptions and flaws in the current economic system as well as offering a fresh narrative on our relationship with money. It’s a powerful film but its central premise – the system is broken and needs to be replaced – is, we suggest respectfully, also flawed.  We don’t need to replace the current economic model, we need to be conscious of the meaning and direction it offers and choose when it best suits us.  Perhaps more importantly, we also need to understand the other half of the coin, pardon the pun.  In addition to protection against scarcity we need to have a symbol (money) that measures how much of what we love we have in our lives (Teague does an excellent job of giving us an idea of what that would look like).  That’s where balanced leadership comes in.

The dire fiscal straits we’re in – mounting personal debt; banks collapsing; entire countries in default; lack of trust in financial institutions – serve as a test case of one world thinking. In the absence of the balancing values of the love-based world – e.g. meaning, creativity, consensus and emotion – the shadow elements of the fear-based world can run amok. Order, goals, extrinsic rewards and control, competition and other essential elements of the fear-based world have their place, but too much of one world is detrimental.  The fear based qualities lose their inherent value when they are left unchecked.

The same dysfunction occurs if the shadow features of the love-based world take over due to excessive use – lack of discernment, chaos, inertia, envy, susceptibility to danger, and loss of connection with self. We need a balanced system that keeps the shadow side of either world in check.  Too much of either world becomes detrimental.

money and happiness

Teague’s film documents the excesses of our dysfunctional economic system in a compelling way.  She paints a powerful picture of what happens when a system goes off-kilter, in this sad case, millions unemployed, wracked with debt, and losing hope and faith in the economy that once served them well.

The solution to this crisis though is not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but to be consciously aware of our relationship with money so the positive aspects of both the love and fear-based world have a place. A balanced, integrated economic model would hold space for people and profit, would value relationships and results, and would recognize that “wealth” is as much about our hearts as it is our heads.

2013 Catalogue Now Online

Brew up a delicious beverage and cozy in to the virtual pages of Hollyhock’s 2013 online catalogue.

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Harmony and Kinobe Launch New Project


Collaboration for Children of the Earth

Kinobe and Harmony have come together to launch an exciting new project consisting of a CD, an international tour and an education campaign, with the purpose to increase awareness about issues of environment, poverty and social development, and raise funds for children’s education and sustainable community projects in developing countries. Harmony is proud to announce that Kinobe has been appointed aHarmony Foundation World Ambassador.

For many people today, life is a struggle with grinding poverty, hunger and unhealthy environments. And yet, we have the means to ensure that every man, woman and child lives free of hunger and discrimination, in healthy and prosperous communities where they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. With compassion, creativity and foresight we can make it happen.

 Harmony is widely recognized for leadership and innovation on environment and development issues, helping governments, schools, business, youth and local residents to work together to create healthier, more prosperous communities. Programs have been implemented in 36 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East and China. Major awards include the prestigious UN Global 500 Award and Ethics in Action. (

Kinobe is a gifted young Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer known around the world for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. The opportunity to perform with renowned African musicians and his exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures has shaped him as a lifelong lover and purveyor of African musical traditions and a unique contributor to world music. Kinobe’s work with Harmony is an expression of his commitment to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building a better future for children and their families everywhere. (

The Bateman Foundation is a Canadian charity dedicated to education and public service based on the philosophies and legacy of renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. The Foundation’s purpose is to support education programs to promote lifelong engagement with nature, with special emphasis on programs for leaders and policy-makers, youth, families and First Nations. Robert Bateman has earned great respect and admiration around the world for his art, his philanthropy and his contributions to nature conservation. We are honoured to have The Bateman Foundation involved in this project. (

The goal of the Kinobe-Harmony collaboration is to inspire people from all walks of life to take part in creating a healthier world, now and in the future, for everyone.

Read more about the Kinobe-Harmony Collaboration here.

Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better. Our learning centres are located on Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC.