At Burning Man and Rainbow gatherings people feed each other and give each other stuff. Its a gift economy – there is no money or barter.
Is it possible to create a gift economy culture in a town or city? Or are these gift economies limited to festivals where people come to celebrate?
I think it maybe possible to grow a gift economy in a town….
The method would be to start out small. Create a petri dish, a prototype, a experimental place where people initially try out this gift culture.
And then you grow it bigger.
The idea is to use a gift economy circle. In this circle would gift each other services.
One way to do this is to have a circle where people write down on slips of papers services they would like to offer to the group – massage, graphic design, carpentry help, computer help etc. People can then grab from the middle what they like. People can also offer things into the middle.
So in addition to being a potlatch for stuff , it is also kind of like a potlatch for services. Its very similar to the local currency/economy circle discussed in the last blog with a twist that the services are now free and you don’t have to trade or barter for them. And you would grow it in a similar way, allowing the circle to attract more people and then adding more circles in a local area until you have a network of circles.
A video about how you can in general birth new social structures using circles and cells.