Our ‘pricing model’ is simple: we will design and build you a website and give it to you as a gift, and we trust you to gift us back what you think is a fair value for our work. The idea is a very ancient concept called a Gift Economy. It is an idea based on mutual trust and gratitude. It’s something we think we need a little more of in our world, and we are willing to bet my time and energy on it. The Gift Economy - Web Design | Adrian Hoppel Websites
Alors que les échanges marchands créent de plus en plus d'exclusion sociale et de défiance, l'économie du partage, par le don, transforme les relations grâce à la reconnaissance et l'inter-dépendance. Le XXème siècle aura été incontestablement celui de l’échange marchand. Jamais l’humanité n’avait autant commercé, exporté, importé. Jamais les transactions n’avaient été aussi simples et rapides.
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Do you really want to step into abundance and gift? Then do something that offers no direct path to return, something about which you can honestly say, “I’m doing this because it is my pleasure to give,” rather than, “I’m doing this so I will get even more back.” You might end up with more back after all, but if so it will come via mysterious paths. But you won’t be concerned with that, because you will stand confident in the abundance of life, believing that as you care for life, life will care for you.” Republished from Charles Eisenstein: “One aspect of the monetization of life that is proceeding nearly to totality in our time is that someone finds a way to commoditize nearly any movement or concept, even those that were explicitly anti-commercial in their conception. Genuine Gifting Circles vs. the Monetization of the Gift: a warning on the Women’s Gifting Circles pyramid scheme
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In my last post the definitions of ‘scarcity’ and ‘abundance’ were taken for granted. Those definitions however are not so obvious and deserve some further examination. The problem with the obvious definitions becomes clear when we consider something like oxygen, which most people would immediately categorize as abundant. However, this type of abundance is not the same sort that is important too Gift Economies. Defining Abundance in the Context of a Gift Economy
I recently discovered Eric S. Raymond’s insightful examination of hacker culture Homesteading the Noosphere and found many parallels between the issues I have been writing about (particularly here and here) and ESR’s characterization of hackers as participants in a gift economy. Per wikipedia: In the social sciences, a gift economy (or gift culture) is a society where valuable goods and servicesare regularly given without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards (i.e. no formal quid pro quo exists). Ideally, simultaneous or recurring giving serves to circulate and redistribute valuables within the community. The organization of a gift economy stands in contrast to a barter economy or a market economy. Informal custom governs exchanges, rather than an explicit exchange of goods or services for money or some other commodity. Examining Gift Economies
Reconsidering Gift Economies One of the most frequent questions I hear is some form of the following: Do you think gift economies will ever develop to the point where they can supply basic needs? or
I am finding myself increasingly surprised and dismayed at proponents of alternative currency who propose and promote systems that fundamentally offer very little change from our current system. In most cases these “alternatives” are simply non-governmental versions of the same transactional-scarcity model. The majority of innovation occurring currently is in inherently abundant informational goods and there is an intrinsic incompatibility between scarce transactional currency and abundant goods. Why the Gift Economy Will Grow Unnoticed
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For a multitude of reasons, we need to need each other. posted Dec 27, 2011 Wherever I go and ask people what is missing from their lives, the most common answer (if they are not impoverished or seriously ill) is "community." To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts by Charles Eisenstein