Experimenting With The "Gift Economy"
Starting in 2018, I am experimenting with operating within the confines of a "gift economy" where I focus my time, skills and passions on helping people navigate and make sense of the future of work. If you value my work or time I spend with you, you are welcome to contribute to my efforts in money or whatever type of support you can offer!
Why am I doing this?
I believe it will help me create a deeper level of engagement with my clients and also focus my energy on the work I am passionate about. I also believe that the "future of work" means we will have to rethink how we reward peopleas our economy shifts to people pursuing more creative endeavors. Instead of benefits accruing to who can acquire power (large companies) or build the largest platforms (e.g.Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple), it shifts attention to appreciating people who help us improve our lives at an individual level.
But seriously...what do I "gift" you?
I am happy to talk through this with you, but you might want to consider a few approaches:
- Means: What are you reasonably able to contribute? (can be money, but if you have a vacation spot on a beach, I'm all ears)
- Sustainability: What will help me continue to do this work?
- Value: How much value does what I create help you?
- Feeling: What feels right?
- Community: How will my contributions encourage a deeper connection between people and doing work that matters?
So how does this work?
At the end of our work together, I will provide a summary of the time I've invested and also highlight what we have accomplished together. Then, I'll leave it up to you to see what makes sense if you feel that gifting me something makes sense.
I appreciate you.
I took the leap to freelancing because I felt I could devote more time to things that mattered to me as well as spending more time helping other people. I am grateful for the many supporters I have and appreciate any support you can give.