John Bloom

John Bloom is Vice President, Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco (, where he has developed innovative philanthropic programs and contributed to the organization’s thought leadership in the field of social finance. As part of his work at RSF he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He writes frequently for RSF’s Reimagine Money blog on aspects of the new economy, and has fostered collaborative dialogues on the topics of: Money, Race, and Class; Money and Intuition; and Money and Biography. He has worked with over 100 nonprofits over the last seven years in the areas of capacity building and culture change. John has founded two non-profits, served as a trustee on several, including Yggdrasil Land Foundation (, an agricultural land trust, and worked as the administrator at San Francisco Waldorf School for eight years before joining RSF in 1998. He was part of founding Live Power Community Farm, the first CSA west of the Mississippi (1988), and has been actively involved with helping to develop the CSA model and awareness of biodynamic agriculture across the US. He was appointed as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America in October 2016.

Books by John Bloom :

SocialSelf - John Bloom

Steinerian Economics
A Compendium
Foreword by John Bloom
    “What Gary Lamb and Sarah Hearn have accomplished with this Compendium is nothing short of extraordinary in its breadth and focus. And it is clearly a labor of love, inquiry, and service.”

John Bloom, Senior Director of Organizational Culture for RSF Social Finance
author, Inhabiting Interdependence: Being in the Next Economy

We need a New Economy. This is becoming clearer every day. Worldwide, economic life is unstable and driven to excesses. Political systems are rendered ineffective when basic human rights are 'purchased' by those with economic power. Cultural life also, rather than expressing a healthy striving toward a meaningful human future, is increasingly caught up in consumerism and dominated by commercial interests. Social innovations have not kept pace with technological innovations. Our social sciences lag behind our mechanical and physical sciences. The methods of the physical sciences have been applied to the biological and social sciences, with the consequence that our social sciences lack a firm ground upon which practical social forms can be built that lead toward a healthy human future and sustainable, worldwide peace. Few people today know that Rudolf Steiner developed a comprehensive scientific view of social life, one rooted in a deep understanding of social relationships and the evolutionary processes at work within them. In doing so, he developed new ways of thinking about social life that are phenomena-centered (based on human experience), holistic, and creative. Rather than present abstract theories, he offers readers the opportunity to derive ideas directly out of the social phenomena themselves. This leads to new perspectives, and even new perceptions of social life and opens up new ways to explore and address the root causes of today's social ills. Thus Steiner’s insights can help us take practical steps toward a new economy, a just and effective political life, and diverse, dynamic and meaningful cultural impulses. Steinerian Economics is the fruit of many years of dedicated work by the editors, to make this comprehensive overview of Rudolf Steiner’s contributions to economic science available.
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Editors’ Introduction
  1. Social and Antisocial Forces in the Human Being and Social Life
  2. The Fundamental Social Law
  3. The Threefold Social Organism
  4. Economic Science
  5. Economic Associations
  6. Economic Values
  7. Capital
  8. Credit
  9. Money
  10. Price Formation
  11. The Interplay of Spiritual-Cultural and Economic Life
  • Resources
  • Bibliography

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