An Experiment in Gift Economics

Posted on Nov 2, 2015
An Experiment in Gift Economics

In the year 2008 I was facing hard times. I was earning maybe $300 a month from book sales, I wasn’t known yet as a speaker, and I couldn’t really get a job because I was a single dad staying at home with three children including a three-year-old. One day, a workshop came to town […]

Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

Posted on Dec 8, 2014
Shadow, Ritual, and Relationship in the Gift

This essay has been translated into Portuguese.   A friend recently asked me a question I get a lot: “How do you manage payment for your time and workshops?” by which she also meant, “How can I do that in a way that works practically and feels right too?” I would like to answer that […]

Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Gift Circles and the Monetization of Everything

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. This was the fate of “cool”: what was once an emblem of African-American and Beatnik rejection of […]

Why Occupy’s plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent

Posted on Nov 12, 2012
Why Occupy’s plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent

A new initiative is re-energising the Occupy movement. Called the Rolling Jubilee, it is a plan to use money from donations to buy distressed consumer debt from lenders at a marked down price, just as debt collection agencies normally would. But instead of hounding debtors for payments, it will simply cancel the debts. The hope […]

Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Posted on Jan 12, 2012
Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

Transcribed Talk from January 13, 2012 at “The Hive” in Vancouver, BC.   Thank you for such a warm welcome. I’m quite amazed actually. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to this large a crowd that was just here for me. I’ve spoken to more people at conferences, but that wasn’t just for me. Part […]

Gift Economics and Reunion in the Digital Age

Posted on Dec 10, 2010
Gift Economics and Reunion in the Digital Age

Reality Sandwich is facing financial difficulties that threaten its continued publication. That’s not because of dull content, nor failure to connect with an audience. On the contrary: it’s an edgy, relevant, and provocative publication with some very talented (ahem!) writers, but what it doesn’t have is what they call a “monetization” scheme. And in this, […]

A Circle of Gifts

Posted on Nov 1, 2010
A Circle of Gifts

  This essay is also available in French 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.” What happened to community, and why don’t we have it any more? There are many reasons – the layout of suburbia, […]