My Humble Experiment
in Gift Economics
I invite you to participate with me in my own gift economics experiment.
Here is how I currently run my experiment:
I have three offerings: Community Events, Distributive Leadership & Need-Based Gift Economics Consulting and Spiritual Strategy Sessions.
I currently offer all my community events as: "No one turned away for lack of funds." Every event is genuinely offered as a gift. I encourage everyone to attend these offerings and enter into the gift experiment with me. I offer sliding scale guidelines because people have asked me for support in determining what would meet my needs.
My training and work within supporting groups in creating distributive leadership models is with Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL). I am currently working intensively on a project to create a needs based community on land.
I am also working with organizations applying NGL principles and systems. All of the distributive leadership work I do is offered completely as a gift. I often pay to work which can include travel, lodging and food because the resources I have as a highly skilled citizen of the Global North give me access to resources that exceed the resources of the communities I serve.
So how do I manage to offer community events on gift and distributive leadership models to groups where I often pay to work?
I offer spiritual strategy sessions to a very small group of people who can pay me fees that sustain my material needs each year.
This may seem ironic that I am advocating gift economics and then I charge fees. My intention is to eventually transition completely to a needs-based gift economic model. At this point, this system is the best I can come up with given the current opportunities and constraints in my life.
If you are interested in working with me, I encourage you to reach out. People often describe feeling a resonance and if that is the case we can schedule a 20-30 minute consult to see if it's a fit. My clients are often experiencing some kind of transition where they would like accompaniment. I see my task is to listen deeply and ofter back to you what I hear from you as well as support you in taking risks.
Regarding my spiritual strategy some of the criteria I use to see if someone is a good fit to work with me are:
1. You are believe we are in a global poly-crisis and have a willingness to take risks in order to redirect the economic, social, political and environmental systems we are embedded in. Again, the scale of this is not important to me as much as the heart, sincerity and energy you bring.
2. Willingness to discuss my needs and your needs and make an agreement about monetary exchange together. As information, I currently see clients who are housing insecure and who I offer spiritual strategy sessions also on gift and those who offer me $350 per 1 hour and 15 minute session.
Recently, I co-designed a nine month Intensive Immersion with a client in preparation for a transition from the role of CTO. We met every other week for 85 minute sessions and completed three 5-hour outdoor intensives. On occasion, I can offer intensive immersions to clients for a particular change or transition. I am open to working with people who want to co-create this with me for fees that can support me doing my other work.
If you got this far, I appreciate you reading about my experiment in needs-based gift economics. I offer it as a completely imperfect and heartfelt experiment and sincerely hope more people will continue to join this growing movement.
To learn more about gift economics and the thoughts that have shaped me, please check out the Resources on my site.