Money – part 2

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(Read ‘Money – part 1’ here.)

How does one measure success?

Listening to the Business News Radio here, I hear the same mantra over and over again: “revenue growth”, “the economy has to grow”, “we’re out of the financial crisis – see? People are buying stuff again”.

While this all is true from one perspective, there are more possibilities. Because – what has economical growth brought us?
Positive things: a comfortable lifestyle, great infrastructure and helpful inventions.
But also negative things: stress and burn-outs, less time for each other, loneliness, depressions and literally trashing our Planet.

I’m looking for a balance. In order to balance out the current economical madness, I’ll go on and highlight some possibilities from a very different point of view.

What if awareness and attention became the new standards to measure success?

Instead of looking at revenue growth, we’d be looking at how honest, open and sustainable a business is operating.
And instead of aiming for (sales)targets, we’d be checking with individuals how meaningful they find their work and how fulfilled , seen and appreciated they feel. Happiness increases creativity and efficiency, so it’s a win-win.
“The new economy” 😉

But wait, there are more alternative economy models in my head (and no, I didn’t invent them, but I’ve read about them and have been thinking about them).

Bartering, trading. My current vision or conclusion is that if you don’t experience the abundance of money, but want something, you could just as well suggest a trade. Often it’s tricky to match the trade, that’s one of the drawbacks, but on the other hand, when there is a match it’s great fun! In my experience a lot of good will, creativity and care goes into barter-transactions. You often get something unique, plus a warm contact to boot.

Gifting. You know what I’m talking about: you’ve been telling your friend what your latest craze is, and they say after a short thinking pause “you know, I have the best book in the world about it and I’m not doing much with it. I want to give it to you.” or “I’ve got exactly the right tool for doing that, and I’m not using it. You can have it!”.
What is your reaction? Exactly, you get so super happy that you want to give something back.
Even if you can’t think of something you could give them right here and now, you make the mental note to gift your friend and to pay it forward.
I’d say that is very good profitability – happiness, circular economy, social cohesion and doubling the worth of the investment.

So my friends, there are more options than the old money economy… get creative and get gifting!

 

cadeautje

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Money

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old and current money – and seeds, the future currency?

As an intuitive spiritual-creative, it has taken me ages to find a positive attitude about money and marketing what I’ve got. Pricing? Tricky. Marketing? Loathed it. Business strategy? What??

And yet, money is the energy-exchange vehicle of this planet – at this moment.
In times long gone one would barter: if I had found and gathered more blueberries than I could use ( a silly thing to do, I know), I’d trade them for the eggs my neighbor had in abundance.

In our time the currency is money.
I find it fascinating how exchanging numbers on a screen or bits of paper or metal from hand to hand is so widely accepted and natural that we don’t even think about how absurd it is. It’s handy, that’s for sure, but it’s also somewhat unfair and risky. I read this book, a refreshingly optimistic view on the history of money economics and the idea of a basic income (if you prefer you can also find it in Dutch) recently, and wholeheartedly recommend it.

In the line of my previous post I’m going to launch a trial to celebrate the new year and new possibilities. Instead of sitting and waiting for the world to change, I’m changing a part of my world. I’ve been playing with the thought of opening the possibility for bartering-transactions for…years now. But I’ve been sitting on a fence because, even though I’ve seen brave and inspiring pioneers taking the path before me, I’ve also been hearing warning voices not to do so. But you don’t know it before you’ve tried it, right? So let’s go for the trial!

Basically, the idea is this:

If you see something you’d like on my Services-page , but don’t experience the abundance of money to pay in the conventional method, get in contact and make a proposal of your suggested exchange.

I’m offering energy body cleanups&boosts, interspecies communication, advice on potential plant allies and natural perfume.
In the autumn I also have herbal teas and dried herbs from our organic little farm.

I’m looking for ‘japanese zen-style’ ceramic cups and bowls, wooden utensils, 100% wool (angora/silk also fine) yarn for hand knitting, and your creative, loving suggestions.

To get an idea about what I like you can take a look at my Pinterest boards.

It is as simple as that.

And please don’t be offended if you get a “no, thank you” as a response (which will also be an invitation for you to come up with something else – it’s also a creativity challenge, I suppose).

I’m interested to hear your thoughts about money, trying out things and being creative with aspects of life. Do share in the comments, on Facebook or email me!

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Petition to the EU: save perfume’s soul

 
This is our chance to let our voices be heard: please consider signing this well researched and formulated petition to the EU regarding perfume regulation
 
A quote from the end conclusion:
In light of the highly manageable danger potential, we, the undersigned, wish to make our own decisions as to which perfumes, containing what ingredients, we shall use. There is no need to restrict freedom of choice for all consumers if the 1-3% affected by allergies are provided with sufficient information to enable them to knowingly avoid the risk of a skin rash. We want the variety of scent in perfumes to be retained, and to have a choice in the future.”