Endorsements & Reviews VOL.2

The Moneyless Manifesto combines a practical guide to reducing or eliminating dependence on money with potent reflections on why we might want to. Both are born of solid experience. Writing with his natural humour and everyman accessibility, Mark Boyle reminds us of the urgency of living well and escaping the madness of money-led living, not only as a positive lifestyle choice, but as a direct response to the ongoing devastation of our only life-support system, Nature. Boyle’s rarely-trodden path seems to me a key element in our collective groping towards a better way to live. I suspect he will soon have a whole lot more company.

– Shaun Chamberlin, author of The Transition Timeline

Many books have been written on the subject of ‘money’, but very few by people who have actually lived without it. The Moneyless Manifesto is a must read for anyone who wants to reassess their relationship with money. Whatever your circumstances, this book will provide you with the tools and strategies to rewrite your own personal story and will empower you to begin making the transition towards a 100% local gift economy. In this book, Boyle has drawn upon his background in economics, his experience of living both inside and outside the monetary system and the deep insights afforded to him through his reconnection with the natural world. It is a unique and important book for these unique and important times.

– Brigit Strawbridge, star of BBC’s It’s Not Easy Being Green

I’ve heard Mark speak in public and I can tell you it’s a moving experience. His deep compassion, his refusal to shy away from hard truths, his vision of a better future and the power of his personality combine to make it so. I imagine Old Testament prophets must have had the same quality as Mark. In as much as the written word can ever express such passionate communication, it’s here in this book. The Moneyless Manifesto is both a practical guide to creating a gift economy in place of our present money economy and the testament of a truly inspired man.

– Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earth Care Manual

Money is no longer a method of trade and exchange, it has become the control mechanism of 21st century post-industrial society that holds us all in its sway. Mark Boyle’s example of living without money, whilst living a satisfying and full life, explodes the myth that we need money to survive modern life. Quite the opposite, he proves that less money can mean more personal freedom. This is a liberating concept and it paves the way for strategically developing a human-scale gift economy that will set us free.

– Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine

This is the time to ask questions that challenge fundamental assumptions hidden beneath our day to day preoccupation with “earning a living”. Mark Boyle’s book does just this. It is courageous, vibrant, and alive with possibility. The Moneyless Manifesto is a call to action, a paean to our beautiful Earth, an invitation to freedom. We would be wise to listen, and remember that inaction is a choice.

– Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, author of Finding Earth, Finding Soul and founder of Embercombe

In The Moneyless Manifesto, Mark Boyle invites us to develop a different kind of wealth, one based not on money but on the quality of our relationships, connectedness with community and sense of purpose in life. At a time when social, economic and ecological systems might be on the verge of collapse, this book offers an essential pathway to recovery.

– Chris Johnstone, author of Find Your Power and (with Joanna Macy) Active Hope.

I’m not related to Mark Boyle (as far as I know), but I wish I was – not because I have the courage to follow him down all the logical paths he is taking, but because he is a true heretic, in the very best sense of the word: someone who questions everything and comes to dangerous and exciting conclusions about life and the future.

– David Boyle, author of Money Matters, Authenticity and The Human Element

Those days in his caravan can’t have gone to waste as Boyle has clearly been researching this huge body of work. Mark has taken some of the leading thinkers from the present day and the past to write a manifesto for the Occupy generation.

– Andy Hamilton, author of Booze for Free

Mark Boyle really makes you think. If this is a pursuit you enjoy, this is the book for you.

– Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Part manual and part philosophy, Mark’s book promises to change the way you look at money.

– Dave Hamilton, author of Grow your Food for Free (well almost)

Endorsements & Reviews

The following are things that people have said about The Moneyless Manifesto:

The revolution before us is only worth joining if it goes to the depths that Mark has explored . . . it is my hope that this book will deepen its readers’ belief in the possibility of such a world.

– Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics (from the Foreword)

Mark Boyle’s ideas are dangerous in the best possible way. Read them at your own risk.

– Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup

An inspiring meditation on the divisive power of money, which also offers excellent practical suggestions for escaping its grip.

– Tom Hodgkinson, Sunday Times bestselling author of How to be Idle

Written with passion and outstanding integrity, Mark Boyle’s latest book breaks new ground in the field of genuine sustainability – one without money. It’s not as if we haven’t done this before. The Romans brought us money along with marriage (the ownership of a woman by her husband) and nuclear families. Boyle is living proof that it’s not only possible to live without money, but that life is more heart-ful, more real, and infinitely more sustainable.

– Manda Scott, Sunday Times bestselling author of Boudica and Rome

Mark Boyle’s book is at once practical, analytical and personal. A fine contribution that also opens on to the question of the very nature of the world we live in – and need to move beyond.

– John Zerzan, author of Future Primitive and Against Civilisation

Mark Boyle is a brave man. The Moneyless Manifesto explodes the myth about money and brings the reader nearer to the truth that money is not true wealth. It is the land, the forests, the animals, the people, the community and the human hands that creates true wealth. I hope the Chancellor of the Exchequer reads this book. This book will open the eyes of bankers, hedge fund managers and financiers who live in the world of make believe. The Moneyless Manifesto shatters the illusion that we cannot live without money.

– Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist

This book will make you think – make you wonder, make you ponder, maybe make you change. It’s remarkably important.

– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature

Our culture has lost its way and our love affair with money has led us to exploit people and our planetary resources to such an extent that we are now threatening our very existence and committing Ecocide. By reframing our reliance on money and demonstrating that we can even live without it in a modern society, Mark delivers a powerful message that we can build a saner, more ecologically balanced and just culture.

– Polly Higgins, author of Eradicating Ecocide

In this timely and deeply thought-provoking book Mark Boyle gently dissolves and re-thinks the ultimate quantity that so preoccupies us in our measurement-obsessed culture: money. Read this book to discover how your life can be transformed by a world of qualities where the central values are reciprocity, community and the growth of our humanity and compassion.

– Dr Stephan Harding, author of Animate Earth

Why Free?

Both myself and my courageous publishers, Permanent Publications, have decided to publish a free online version of this book, and the normal paperback version under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license, for three reasons:

First, the ideas and practical tools contained within it should be free to whoever may find them useful, and not made falsely scarce by the mechanisms of the monetary economy.

Second, just as actions display our beliefs more honestly than our words, the ways in which ideas and practical tools are shared are at least as important as the words themselves. I wanted the medium to be fully aligned with the message.

Third, I wanted to release it under a Creative Commons licence because it felt fraudulent to have my name on the front of this book. As I said in the acknowledgements page of my last book, what are my words but “an accumulation of all that has come before them – the people I have met, the books I have read, the songs I grew up with, the rivers I’ve swam in, the girls I’ve kissed, the movies I’ve watched, the traditions I’ve learned, the philosophers I’ve studied, the mistakes I’ve made, the violence I’ve seen, the love I’ve witnessed.” The ideas in this book could be no more mine than the piece of the Earth I inhabit.

If you do buy a normal paperback copy of this book, your money is going towards two things – the cost of printing a book in a money-based economy, which is a reality of our Age; and supporting some other work – that of Permanent Publications in the field of Permaculture, and that of myself and others in our efforts to create a fully localised (and land-based) gift economy in the UK. We aim for this to be a resource for others to draw upon, and an example of another way of living on this planet – one in intimate connection with the land under our feet, the myriad forms of life we share it with, and the people of our communities. If you do buy a paperback copy (for yourself or your family and friends), we would like to say a genuine thank you for your kindness in supporting these endeavours.

The Moneyless Man book

The Moneyless Man, Mark’s first book, is a personal story of his first year living completely without money. In it he relives the experience, describing why he initially felt compelled to do it; how he practically went about it; the physical, emotional and psychological challenges he faced; the liberation he experienced; how it felt, on a very personal level, to live without money in a world driven by the relentless need to make more of it; and the ways it changed his perspective on the world.

Throughout the journey he offers up lots of tips and advice on how you can simultaneously reduce both your dependency on money and your ecological impact, whilst increasing your sense of connection and identity with the people in your community and the land under your feet.

If you would like to buy a copy of The Moneyless Man in any one of eighteen languages

Talks & Courses

To arrange a talk with Mark in your local area, read the information below the following list of forthcoming talks. Please note that, due to workload at the moment, he is unable to do many talks, but is always open to enthusiastic and exciting suggestions.

Arranging a talk:

Mark is very happy to give talks to conferences, organisations, universities and colleges, local groups and the general public. If you’re enthusiastic about putting on an event, please feel free to send him a brief email keeping in mind the following:

  • Format: Mark much prefers to do ‘in conversation’ talks/interviews (as opposed to the more conventional talk formats he has done in the past) these days, where a host asks Mark questions and there is plenty of time for Q&A from the audience. If the acoustics in the proposed venue are not great, this may require (ideally) a couple of hands-free microphones, a couple of seats and a table. However, he is still open to doing other talk formats also.
  • Date, time and venue: have these in mind before initial contact.
  • Accommodation: if Mark needs to stay overnight, he prefers to stay with someone connected in some way to the talk. A couch will suffice, or even a semi-comfortable floor. A bed would be wonderful.
  • Traveling expenses: Mark makes every effort to walk, cycle or hitch-hike to talks. However, if due to time limitations and/or large distances he is unable to, he asks that his transport to and from the event is sorted out for him, either by lift-sharing or on public transport.
  • Group size: due to time limitations, Mark can’t do every talk he is asked to do. Therefore when he does he prefers for it to be to as many people as possible. In your initial email, please let him know how many people you expect to come along and how you’re going to help publicise it (posters, social networking, groups, local media etc).
  • Planning: again due to time limitations, Mark unfortunately can’t put a lot of energy into planning the logistics of the talk. If you or your group are up for helping with this, that makes a big difference in enabling him to come along and is really appreciated. Kind, friendly, enthusiastic, fun-loving hosts helps too.
  • Books: ideally books will be organised by the hosts for sale at the event, but if not then Mark requests that he is told this in advance and has a space made available for his publishers to sell books on at the event. Giving people the option to buy a hard copy of the book at a talk is also one way of ensuring the talks are kept free if there are some overheads involved.