Gift Currency A new project called datti is offering a way to build gift economies on a community level by witnessing and memorializing gift transactions using beautiful, pewter coins. Inspired in part by the work of Charles Eisenstein, the creators of the datti have designed a special pewter coin that functions like money in reverse, or as a pay-it-forward token, inspiring future gifts to flow in all directions. The organizers explain it like this: If a person gathers a bag of food from her vegetable garden and gives it to you as a gift, along with this gift she may give you a datti. Douglas Rushkoff » Life Inc. Movies Books Life Inc. How Corporatism Conquered the World,and How We Can Take It Back This didn't just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from a convenient legal fiction to the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed as Rushkoff shows, most Americans have so willingly adopted the values of corporations that they're no longer even aware of it.
How To Hold A Design Jam In 53 Minutes Matthew May became a designer in less than an hour. Push your creative limits by holding a design jam of your own. July 14, 2011 When the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, aka the "d.school," announced a few weeks ago that they were holding an experimental crash course in design thinking free of charge for the first 200 people to sign up, I immediately signed up. I'm constantly on the lookout for opportunities to learn, hone my skills, and pick up new creativity coaching ideas. I was especially curious to see what could be done within a tight timebox.
10 Questions You Should Know the Answers To Email Because the answers to these ten questions will help you discover the very best in yourself… 1. What would make you proud of yourself? When you follow your heart and intuition, people won’t always agree with you. When you find something that makes you happy, not everyone will be happy for you. 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. 37 ways to join the Gift Economy You don't have to participate in a local currency or service exchange to be part of the cooperative gift economy. Any time you do a favor for a family member, neighbor, colleague, or stranger you're part of it. Here are some ways you can spend time in the gift economy, where you'll find fun, freedom, and connection. posted Jun 30, 1997 Start a dinner co-op.
Freemium In freemium business model, business tiers start with a "free" tier Freemium is a pricing strategy by which a product or service (typically a digital offering such as software, media, games or web services) is provided free of charge, but money (premium) is charged for proprietary features, functionality, or virtual goods. The word "freemium" is a portmanteau neologism combining the two aspects of the business model: "free" and "premium". Origin Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc., then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base. Jarid Lukin of Alacra then suggested the term "freemium" for this model.
Digital Resources for the Jam While working away during the weekend, you will create material for upload. It might be presentations or films, and you must respect the copyright on any images, films, logos and especially music you use. Please do not use copyrighted material as one of the risks is that whatever you publish will soon be blocked. ‘Safe’ material is that published as ‘public domain’, ‘Creative Commons’ license, bought online material or material you make yourself. Here’s a list of suitable online resources to get you started (please just check the ‘Creative Commons’ conditions of use if necessary):
The 3 Most Important Facts about What Really Matters to Get Happy Customers 988 Flares Filament.io 988 Flares × The customer of today is an “infovore.” Before doing business with you, a huge majority of customers will now use the information available on the web to find out a plethora of things about your company and your service quality. Transparency is the way the business world works these days, and it’s forced companies to re-examine their sales process for the benefit of the customer. This highly informed customer isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact, the web has made it better than ever for honest, upstanding businesses who take care of their customers to succeed in a world where most companies fall short.
100 Awesome Art Lessons on YouTube Whether you’re getting your bachelor’s degree in painting, graphic design or sculpture, there’s so much to learn about art — from its lush history to materials — that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Yet art students shouldn’t fret. There’s a whole lifetime ahead to learn and numerous resources both in the classroom and outside of it for expanding your knowledge. One great place to seek out help with becoming a better artist is on YouTube. There, other artists, teachers and experts share their lessons on just about everything you could want to know. Here are a just a few of the thousands of art-related videos on YouTube to get you started with your creative education.
Giftegrity GIFTegrity is a software that allows to organise the gift economy and non-reciprocal exchange, produced by Timothy Wilken and friends at Synearth.org. Since it is somewhat complex to explain we start with a indirect citation, followed by the explanation by Dr. Wilken. Chris Anderson on FREE: The Future of Radical Price Bio Chris Anderson Chris Anderson has served as editor in chief of WIRED since 2001. Under his leadership, the magazine has garnered nine National Magazine Awards and 19 additional nominations and has won the prestigious top prize for General Excellence three times. In 2010, AdWeek named WIRED the Magazine of the Decade. Anderson is the author of two New York Times best sellers, The Long Tail and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, both of which are based on influential articles published in WIRED.
Experience Economy Strategies: Adding Value to Small Rural Businesses Introduction Nationally, the number of small, independently owned businesses is substantial, accounting for over 90% of all U.S. business activity (Scarborough & Zimmerer, 2006). Small firms also comprise a majority of rural business establishments (U.S. Small Business Administration, 2004) and are central to rural economic development (Muske & Stanforth, 2000; Muske, Stanforth, & Woods, 2004). In spite of their prevalence and importance, small rural firms have found the business environment increasingly challenging (Henderson, 2002; McDaniel, 2001; Miller, Besser, Gaskill, & Sapp, 2003; Miller & Kean, 1997). To meet this challenge, rural areas need access to education and training as well as assistance from economic development agencies (Connell & Wall, 2004).