How We Thrive

sxc-1249264_chestnutOne of the most frequent questions we get about the gift economy farm is how we expect to be able to “keep the doors open” once we’ve saved the farm.

While a more detailed post is upcoming, I would like to share with you a few things that illustrate why I have every confidence that not only will the farm be able to pay the most basic of bills (insurance, property taxes, keeping the gravel road in place, and so forth) but the farm will, in fact. thrive.

Much of that is due to the fact that the costs of maintaining a food forest, once established, are miniscule, but yes, there are still expenses involved. Expenses which I have every faith will be covered by gifts and contributions from visitors, and periodic fundraisers by the non-profit we are establishing. (I’d also like to point out that the Federal Reserve is not a government agency  with the common good as a priority, and the rapidly deteriorating U.S. dollar is pretty much an imaginary thing these days.

In the meantime, when pondering how this revolutionary new concept of running a gift economy farm on love — and trust —  please consider the patterns in this aggregate of articles and video clips.

As Amanda Palmer said in a recent keynote speech at Grub Street’s Muse and Marketplace Conference, “did you ever notice that this, looks a lot like this?” Connect the dots. :>

New Harvard Study Suggests Humans Are Naturally Good
“The conclusion is that the automatic reaction is to be friendly, generous and cooperative”

Gift Circle FAQs

“A gift economy as we define it is where people give something without the expectation of anything in return.”

No Money? No Worries!

“Above all, what really matters for us here is to explore whether or not this type of relation could be created with people beyond our inner circles. Is it possible to cover our necessities (without using exchange or money) interacting with tens, hundreds, or thousands of persons? Let us see some examples.”

Radical Generosity

“A smile is integral to the design of a gift economy. This is an emergent, irreverent, rule-breaking search for a new way to relate to the world and each other. It is a playful subversion of the so-called “laws” of economics, no more evident than in the term itself, which puts “gift” first, thereby casting a new hue to the so-called gray science.”

A Circle Of Gifts

“Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today’s market system, whose built-in scarcity compels competition in which more for me is less for you, in a gift economy the opposite holds. Because people in gift culture pass on their surplus rather than accumulating it, your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, people know that their gifts will eventually come back to them, albeit often in a new form.”

America The Possible: A New American Dream

Sensing the direction in which things are moving, our wiser and more responsible leaders, political and otherwise, rise to the occasion, support the growing movement for change, and frame a compelling story or narrative that makes sense of it all and provides a positive vision of a better America. It is a moment of democratic possibility.

And a few videos:

Nipun Mehta at TEDxBerkeley, Designing for Generosity

HugNation: Row With The FlowHugNation: The Art of Receiving 12-18-12HugNation: Money and Abundance 8-9-11HugNation: Money Meandering 7-13-12

Marianne Williamson at the March Against Monsanto 5.25.13

By now you may have an idea that we see this gift economy farm vision as more than just a farm.

To us, this is a vital step in creating “what’s next.” Almost every crucial system in our society is crumbling, has crumbled, or is looking kinda wobbly.

This dream of ours to save this land we love and establish a gift economy farm where perennial food crops are grown and shared in completely unconventional ways — it’s not just a fluffy bunny response to the fact that we want to remain in our home, and working with this land.

It’s what we feel called to do to help society transition into whatever comes next. It’s a bold statement of what we know to be possible, and we trust that when you resonate with what we envision, helping us make this happen will be worth a few bucks, or some time spreading the word.

Saving the land is the first and most urgent step. We need your help to do this. Please help in whatever way feels best to you.


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