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The Community Sharing Circle


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The most important act of transition we can take to an Open Economy is to begin the practice of sharing and cooperating in our daily lives today. A Community Sharing Circle is a perfect way of enacting a moneyless, cooperative system on a local level, creating prosperity, efficiency, and cementing community bonds.

The idea is very simple: Invite people in your community to join a ‘Sharing Circle’ where each member agrees to freely share and cooperate with other members. Members of the Circle can then gift and receive goods and services freely among other members.

The Sharing Circle is not a barter or time exchange system. It is unconditional sharing, where no accounts or tallies are kept, but with the important proviso that Circle members are not obligated to offer free goods and services to other members. It is simply encouraged as an act of community.

How it works

Members join the Circle by signing an annual pledge (Sample Pledge). The pledge sets out explicitly what is expected of Circle members and binds them in trust.

It is recommended to renew pledges annually to keep members active and information current.

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fig. 2: A window sticker for businesses

On signing the pledge, members notify the organiser(s) of any special skills, attributes or useful resources they may have, if they are able-bodied, and/or if there are any specific activities that they cannot participate in.

A directory of this information is then made available to all members including members’ contact details. Members can then use this directory to request assistance or anything else they may need.

Each member receives a membership card (eg. top of page) and window disc sticker (fig 2) to show that they have taken the pledge and are participating in the scheme.

It is recommended to ask all new and returning members to ‘seal’ their membership by requesting a service or resource from other members. Past experience has shown that people are quicker to offer than they are to receive, so this is a way to offset that and get people into the habit of receiving.

If desired, the organiser can request a small membership fee to cover material costs.

Advantages

  • Everyone can participate, regardless of wealth, status, resources or skills.
  • It encourages socialisation and community bonding.
  • It is free to operate.
  • It doesn’t require any accounting, regulation or oversight.
  • It demonstrates the unconditional generosity of the human spirit.
  • High activity encourages growth in membership.
  • As a pilot program, this can be tried for a limited period with little or no time or cost investment.

Resources:

Download a Pledge PDF
Download Graphics Package

 



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HonorPay – The Open Awards Network

HonorHonorPay is an open awards system based around a virtual currency called an ‘Honor’.

An Honor is a simple token of appreciation that you can award to anyone, for any reason. It has no intrinsic value, and can only be used once.

It is an expression of gratitude and appreciation whose purpose is solely to inspire, spread positivity, build trust and reputations beyond conventional means of reward.

Why Honor someone?

Because appreciation matters.

In fact, once basic survival needs are met, appreciation is the de facto currency of our species.

To appreciate someone and to feel appreciated is what motivates us the most. Usually we demonstrate our appreciation through a gift or payment, but this is not always easy or appropriate. HonorPay seeks to encapsulate this “currency of appreciation” and make it free for all to use in a public, meaningful way.

HonorPay is now online and free to use. Join here.



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Iceland – The World’s First Open Economy?

Some of us working with The Free World Charter initiative believe that Iceland could be the perfect place to begin a money-free or gift economy. Here’s why:

  • The population is low at 300,000 making logistics easier, but also not too low to lack the required number of skills and human resources
  • The island is almost completely energy self-sufficient, and could easily fulfil its own energy needs, due to its abundance of geothermal and hydro-electric power
  • Iceland has a strong sense of community, and a culture of overcoming challenges
  • Its isolated location and sea borders offer sufficient protection and a ‘buffer-zone’ against those who would seek to plunder community resources for personal gain outside the country
  • Iceland’s natural beauty offers not just huge inspiration to other countries, but also has fostered a strong culture of respect for nature among its citizens
  • Iceland’s people have a history of ‘doing things differently’, and pioneering new ideas in government and administration

While these ideas have been brought about by non-Icelanders, it is our hope to get enough support for the idea to at least start a conversation among the Icelandic people and authorities. it is our hope that they may see the value in pioneering a money-free cooperative community and become an example for the rest of the world, showing that a future world beyond money and hierarchical rule is not only possible but highly desirable.

NOTES:
1. While we admit that Iceland could never be fully self-sufficient and will always require a certain amount of skills and resources from outside, we would hope that other countries would support Iceland’s endeavours. Of course there’s no guarantee this will happen, but it seems reasonable to assume that, given humanity’s natural desire to contribute and the positive, daring nature of the proposal that other countries would offer assistance.

2. Since Iceland may become vulnerable to exploitation and unable to defend its territory in the event of such attempts, it may be possible to contrive external protection of its borders through some UN decree which would grant Iceland a ‘protected’ money-free status. This ‘money-free’ status could then also be applied to other countries who wished to follow Iceland’s example.

3. As of writing, all of this is pure speculation and is not founded on any established fact or current debate. This projects aims to highlight and garner support for the idea, in order to begin a conversation on the idea.

If you would like to support this idea, then please join our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/icelandfree




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