Part THREE

 

“”If money is our only metric, we begin to assume that everything has a price tag — and in the process, we lose track of the priceless.” ~ Nipun Mehta

This third part we will go deeper into some of the questions and writings brought up on in last month’s curriculum, and explore variations of gift ecology in the real world.

Questions to hold: What is my personal story and relationship with money? What gifts do I bring through my life, to my community?

READINGS

Sacred Economics: Money, the Gift and Society in the Age of Transition essay Charles Eisenstein (thank you Lynn)

Sacred Economics: Chapter 18 by Charles Eisenstein (thank you Jens)

VIDEOS

Lentil As Anything is a business operating in Australia, providing pay-as-you-feel delicious and healthy meals to community. Check out this company’s mission and how they operate, survive and thrive, now with five locations.

In Oakland, California, residents of Casa de Paz open is one of several houses joined by a common backyard/ farm, where friends and neighbors are encouraged to join in sowing peace and sharing the labor of love. Residents here are dedicated to giftivism and acts of generosity.

 PICK ONE

A conversation between Charles Eisenstein and Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace, on kindness and generosity, non-monetary wealth, and how even small, simple acts of kindness alter the fabric of our world to have potentially enormous social and political consequences.

OR

In this TEDx talk, Nipun Mehta makes a moving case for broadening the voluntary sector, and building designs that are powered by intrinsic motivations. With his fifteen years of experience in running a volunteer run movement, he speaks about cultivating different forms of wealth: “If money is our only metric, we begin to assume that everything has a price tag — and in the process, we lose track of the priceless.”

HOMEPLAY ADVENTURES

❤ Commit an act of kindness.
❤ For one day, make a list of alternative sources of capital that come into your awareness, consider sharing on the Sharing Feed.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  1.  Any thoughts on the readings and video of the month?
  2. What is one new thing you learned or observed about yourself to do with your homeplay assignments?
  3. When you do something for someone, do you expect gratitude or expressions or gifts of thanks? Do you express your needs to someone if reciprocity is expected?
  4. Do you see or recognize any business or entities in your community operating with similar values as Casa da Paz or Lentil As Anything business model (videos)?
  5. What is one thing you learned from the GEC Sharing Feed or interacting with others in our monthly Circle calls?

BONUS Materials
Musical Meditation

Moment of Ahhhhh (poetry reading by David Whyte)