Little girl on gifting

This young girl spoke about gifting after a gift circle….


On being, doing, and having in economics

Our economic system measures itself by how much people have, and what how much services are happening. What it doesn’t measure itself by is the state of beingness of the people in it – how connected they are with their deeper self, what states of consciousness they are in.

A true economic theory will take into this beingness, for when we are disconnected from it we act, and do from a place that may lead to actions that are not so helpful for the world. Our current economic system measures a lot of value in jobs that do harm to our communities and our environment.

How can we write an economic theory look when it takes into account beingness?

I dont really know yet, but here are some possible ideas of things that could make up the theory

– the economic equations can take into the developmental stages and different states of consciousness of where people are. Different equations would result for different stages and states
– the economic equations would show more dualistic behavior when the populace is less connected to the deeper self, and move to more non-dual behavior as people become connected to their deeper selves, and to each other.

Experimental anthropology

We have the ability to create and make up the underlying rules, customs, agreements, expectation fields, mannerisms, communication methodologies and live them out experimentally for an hour, a day, a week, a month….

In doing so we test drive new cultures, and see how they evolve, and how well they work. We can analyze these socioeconopolitcalcultural microcosms with anthropological techniques.

If any of these cultures seem quite a healthy, we can seed them into the larger society.


I would like to propose a new field called experimental anthropology. Anthropology as it is now studies existing or past cultures. Experimental anthropology would experiment with creating new cultures – they can play with a lot of new rules that have not yet existed in human history. Experimental anthropology would then examine and research these new cultures, understanding what makes them tic, and what does not work in them.

By-donation economics

When we offer classes or services by donation or with sliding scale prices we are doing something that is not covered by traditional neoclassical Adam Smith-descendent supply and demand economic analysis. By-donation and sliding-scale economics have had barely any economic theory written about them. I’ve never run across it any economic textbooks. That doesn’t mean that we cannot develop more rigorous theoretical basis for them, and it doesn’t mean that they we cannot find interesting mathematical patterns these types of systems.

For instance when by-donation services or classes are offered, the distribution of prices that people pay will form a mathematical pattern Does the distribution of money paid form a Gaussian distribution around a certain price, or is it more of a long tail exponential distribution? How much do these distributions depend on the types of classes or services offered, and how much does it depend on types of demographics being served? The mathematical patterns that appear in the data gives us clues to the underlying economic theoretic structure.

So for instance if you lead a by donation class or offer a by-donation service is the different donations you get more like 0,0,5,5,5,5,10,10,10,10,10,10,10,15,15,15,15,20,20 or more like 0,0,0,0,0,0,5,5,5,5,5,10,10,15,15,20,50,90. The first distribution being more of a Gaussian distribution, and the second distribution being more of a long tail distribution.

For any of you readers out there who offer by donation services and workshops, if you have any data on this of this please write me (and good on ya for offering by donation services 🙂 )

One of the interesting things about by-donation economics is that sometimes there can be a surprise big contribution. A friend of mine who ran a holistic health clinic in a gifting by-donation manner would a lot of low cash contributions and also once in a while get huge anonymous donations. The kind of distribution does not sound like a Gaussian distribution, perhaps it resembles more of a long-tail exponential distribution.


An economic model – whether it be supply and demand or various types of game theories provides a model for where prices and price distributions emerge from the model. One way to tell we are closer to getting a by-donation economic model right, is if the price distributions we get out of the model resemble the distributions we get from real world data.

I’ve written in the past about tweaking game theory models (in one of the paragraphs of this “Narrative and Ontologies” blog, and in the “Emergence,caring,spirit,Darwin,and Adam Smith” blog ) to form new types of models so that they can start including various levels of empathy. It will be interesting if some of these models are useful for analyzing by-donation and sliding scale economic situations.