"I hope to surprise and inspire you to
create A Golden Civilization." George Kinder

 If you want a golden civilization,
you must start with what is golden inside of you.

If you want a civilization that will thrive for a thousand years,
you must start with what is timeless inside of you.

If you want a civilization that is universal, reaching into all realms,
you must start with profound respect for all sentient being.

My new book is about a great civilization. A civilization that thrives with freedom for all, for hundreds, if not for thousands of years. I began the book reflecting on both the economic crisis and the political crisis that we have faced starting with the Banking Crisis of 2008, the subsequent Great Recession, and the distrust of the financial services industry.  Moving on to political turmoil in developed democracies, to surveillance, populism, wars, earth-fears, inequality, cynicism, and distrust, I have looked instead for the systems and structure that would bring the authenticity, exhilaration, and peace of freedom.

Much of the institutional failure and social unrest that we find ourselves in today strikes me as the inevitable birth trauma of moving from warring states mentalities to a planetary culture. How do we begin the process of making the transition to Golden Civilization in a way that guarantees a sustainable future bringing freedom to all?

Although my book will cover many of the societal forces needed to bring planetary change, including media, leadership, democracy, financial services and economics, a large focus will be on the necessity of modeling integrity and delivering freedom as the principle for all institutional life, and building wisdom into our structures and systems.

In my professional work, leading the mindfulness based financial Life Planning movement across 30 cultures on six continents, I’ve discovered a methodology that brings freedom into people’s lives across all walks of life. For a Golden Civilization to thrive with freedom self-knowledge needs to replace self-interest and moments of freedom need to replace moments of transaction as the basis of our economic and political lives.

With new maps of both mindfulness and time and space, with new definitions of economics and democracy, I hope to surprise and inspire you to create A Golden Civilization.

Book Reviews

Not since Walt Whitman have I heard as visionary a voice of inclusion and longing, seeking to free the spirit of humankind, and setting us on a path of wise, honorable, authentic, participative life. George Kinder has envisioned a new world, a leap of civilization, He points us toward a global renaissance. This is big! This is true integrity in action. I want to help create and live in the world that Kinder teaches us is possible.
— Eido Frances Carney Roshi, Olympia Zen Center, author of Kakurenbo or the Whereabouts of Zen Priest Ryokan
George Kinder has, once again, opened up our eyes to inescapable fundamental truths as he challenges us with courage and commitment to envision a Golden Civilization. Anybody can profit enormously from letting this book into their lives, but I’d suggest it’s a must for those of us that want the financial services sector to harness the transformational power of transparency, integrity and purposefulness.
— Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, Transparency Task Force
Model Integrity. Deliver Freedom. Thought leader, George Kinder, outlines innovations that will help us move from our current state to this enlightened one, a Golden Civilization. There’s no time to wait, mindful change must be our highest priority, for ourselves and our society. Kinder’s leading the way!
— Sheryl Garrett, Founder, Garrett Planning Network
A Golden Civilization is a profound and timely book that raises the bar for a global vision of leadership—one based on wisdom. This is a must-read guide for leaders primed to create a better world out of these complex times.
— Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey, Founders, Wisdom at Work; Faculty, University of Minnesota Medical School; Authors, Living in Balance
Awesome book! Financial advice pioneer, George Kinder, elegantly calls our attention to a new way of being and permits us to adjust our societal model to one that mirrors what we truly want to be.
— Stacey Tisdale, Financial Journalist, President and CEO Mind Money Media Inc
A brilliant and energizing synthesis brimming with insightful and hopeful directions that could—if we only would—create a golden civilization wherein, among other things, institutions are our servants, deep presence counts as wealth, and media delivers peace. Thus forms a golden circle of outer and inner freedom. May it be so.
— Prof. Anne C. Klein, Lama Rigzin Drolma, Dept of Religion, Rice University; Founding spiritual director, Dawn Mountain; author of Meeting the Great Bliss Queen and Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse, a Story of Transmission. 

Speaking Engagements:

George is excited to engage with communities, students, financial professionals, and mindfulness practitioners to spread the word about his revolutionary new book and vision for a golden civilization. See George's calendar of speaking engagements here.  If you're interested in starting a conversation about booking George to speak to your organization, please reach out directly to admin@kinderinstitute.com. Download flyer of speech here.

Watch George Kinder talk with Leisa Peterson about his latest book A Golden Civilization and The Map of Mindfulness.