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Soundjourney - a touching gift-experience

written by Delciza Naghiu on Dec. 27, 2015, 3:43 p.m. in ecobasa

Our friends from Tagtraum are offering soundjourneys on a regular basis in Berlin. Based on a "free-price" they create much more than a service - deep moments, connections, relationships and community, well, things you can not buy. This amazing project shows all the magic of gift-economy, it's just priceless!
It's also the perfect gift that you can offer to a friend: either on his/her birthday, while visiting berlin or as a surprise on any normal day, making it ...

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Gift-economy coffee shop

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 23, 2015, 12:03 p.m. in ecobasa

Our friends from Erste Sahne have a little coffee shop in the Schillerkietz in Berlin. 
We met them on our various events and last year they gave us vouchers for cakes at their place to support our gift-economy campaign.
This year we used some of the vouchers to invite some ecobasa supporters and friends for coffee and cake. Of course some of our team chose to pay for the next person who orders a coffee, so we started a suspended ...

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Travelling Tips / Moneyless living

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 17, 2015, 12:55 p.m. in ecobasa

On the old ecobasa.org version there was the "Alternative Ways of Living" wiki. We didn't include a wiki on this platform, because of already existing much larger wikis like Appropedia 
A user started this page and we updated it for you to help you reducing your needs for money when you are traveling on Community-Tours 
The page covers needs from transportation and accommodation to food and pocket money.

So here it is: Travelling Tips for your Community-Tours you ...

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Organize a really really free market

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 15, 2015, 8:41 p.m. in ecobasa

A beautiful day in the park, a fresh homemade meal, some free clothes and books – what could be better?
The Really Really Free Market, as opposed to the Not-So-Free Free Market, breaks down the myth of scarcity and encourages us to take advantage of the abundance all around us.

Kirsten Brydum, RRFM organizer, gave us the low down on how great it feels to get rid of your stuff, share knowledge and maybe find that odd item you've been ...

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Community-Tours: a gift-economy experience

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 15, 2015, 9:53 a.m. in ecobasa

In 2014 we organized some Community-Tours between two Communities-Convergences in order to test the concepts as a prototype, to collect more feedback and add improvements and to document everything to show you how it looks like and how you can organise it yourself.

This is a little documentary that we cut together. We will take you with us on our Summer 2014 through the gift-economy communities we visited. Very inspiring places and people! 
It is not really finished, as there ...

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Karma Kitchen

written by Delciza Naghiu on Dec. 10, 2015, 11:23 p.m. in ecobasa

If you follow ecobasa.org long enough, you are probably already familiar with the concept of #SuspendedCoffee

Karma Kitchen does the same, only with a meal: that means your meal has been paid for by someone who came before you. Since it's a gift, you can't pay them back - but you can pay-it-forward to the next guests, allowing him/her to experience the same generosity and keeping the circle of giving going...

It started in Berkeley, USA in ...

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Short documentary about gift-economy commmunities

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 7, 2015, 12:21 p.m. in ecobasa

Yes they exist – sustainable communities that work with or are based on gift-economy. It is so inspiring to see the beauty of these places and the way they work.
It totally makes sense if you live in a community to use gift-economy, because it is the most holistically sustainable thing you can do. And it makes sense in a gift-economy to live in community, because this is the most holistically sustainable thing to do :) 

ecobasa's work of connecting these ...

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How to start a givebox

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 6, 2015, 8:42 a.m. in ecobasa

From: https://www.facebook.com/notes/givebox/manual-for-your-own-givebox/399641020047866

We collected the following experiences to understand the main reasons for the success of the concept, as well as acquaint people with the Givebox concept. All details including the name and the construction guide is "open-source" and can be used or modified. 

 

People

Building the Givebox alone is honourable, doing it with friends, neighbours or strangers is real fun. Besides you get to know like-minded people and support for the start ...

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How to start gift-economy in your neighborhood

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 5, 2015, 11:51 a.m. in ecobasa

This little feature film shows how a couple that got inspired from the traditional ways they experienced in nepal started to introduce gift-economy in their neighborhood.

It is so easy to do and after the initial scepticism it just feels so natural and heart warming. We hope this can get you inspired to start a little act of free giving yourself, just to get to know the warm feelings and start a chain of reactions :) Please don't hesitate to ...

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Free Taxi Rides in Yerevan

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 3, 2015, 12:27 p.m. in ecobasa

Vahagen and Ruben decided to drive through the streets of Yerevan in Armenia, to offer free taxi rides on #GivingTuesday, the start of ecobasa's #MonthOfGiving.

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We launched our Month of Giving with a Giftmob

written by Arne Bollinger on Dec. 2, 2015, 11:50 a.m. in ecobasa

On Giving Tuesday (01.12.) we launched the #MonthOfGiving with a Giftmob at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

What a nice day it was! It filled our hearts with nice moments and coincidences: We met a travelling nomad who was working on the christmas market. He doesn't use internet and didn't know about our initiative. 
He was very happy to connect to us as he wants to open up a nomad base on gift-economy to host fellow travellers!

A woman ...

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Arne goes full gift-economy

written by Arne Bollinger on Oct. 23, 2015, 6:03 p.m. in ecobasa

Last month I quit my job to fully live for and from what I am doing "voluntarily" on my free days, in the nights and on weekends.
What I experienced in the first month after that decision inspired me so much, that I want to share it with you!

I always struggled with my ideas and projects, that are so "alternative" that they often don't find easy funding or they are still in the early stages. I tried to ...

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Gifts of seeds

written by Arne Bollinger on March 30, 2015, 6:40 p.m. in ecobasa

On our http://community-tours.org/ 2014, we have transported many things between sustainable communities that were passed as gifts in a gift economy network.
Seeds had been proved to be the best possible gift. It is one of the most important resources for self-sufficiency or community care. And it is a very personal gift, which establishes relationships unlike few:

You know from which garden the plant is coming from and who has tasted its fruit before.
You can find out ...

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The magic of unconditional giving

written by Delciza Naghiu on Dec. 19, 2014, 5:14 p.m. in ecobasa

Last week we experienced the magic of unconditional giving during the Gift Bazar at the Sharehaus Berlin. We had lots of gifts to give away, a big brunch, a short presentation of the project and a Gift Economy Auction in the end. We received a lot of gifts from ecobasa supporters and gave them forward. There are still some left and we want to offer them to those of you who are in Berlin. Just ask and you shall receive ...

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Gift: Sacred Economics ebook

written by Delciza Naghiu on Dec. 11, 2014, 12:42 a.m. in ecobasa

We are running a different kind of crowdfunding campaign: gift-economy style! So instead of bribing donors with rewards, we depend on your unconditional support.
BUT we also give away GIFTS FOR EVERYONE, not just our donors!

So here it is, a true gift: a wonderful book of Charles Eisenstein to download for free. Its of courseabout gift-economy but also much more that goes philosophically and personally deep!

ebook, zipped 
PDF

And here it might even be in your native language ...

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Gift-economy: a love story

written by Delciza Naghiu on Dec. 8, 2014, 4:42 p.m. in ecobasa

It’s never too late to wake up. Wake up one day and realize that money is completely overvalued. You know those moments when you stand in front of a burning candle, which is deeply rooted into a colorful sweet friends-made cake and people around you tell: make a wish! Or those moments when you reach for the coin, before throwing it into the fountain of the castle? What is it that you wish for?? I would love to know ...

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