The gifting circle is an opportunity for the community to learn about itself and help a local organization or member of the community to produce something that can serve the community and grow as a project. Interested in hosting one? Let us know by clicking here!
- A prosperous, relational, local economy that works in harmony with our ecosystem and supports a vibrant, joyful, and inclusive community life.
- By supporting our communities we help to strengthen regional self-reliance.
- By supporting the production of basic needs locally, we can replace imports with local production/manufacturing and services, which limits our carbon footprint by omitting long distance shipping.
- Experience the joy of working collaboratively toward a common vision for our local community.
Community is woven from gifts. Unlike today's economy, which is built on principles of scarcity, and the notion that more for me is less for you, in the gifting economy the opposite is true. In a gifting economy your good fortune is my good fortune: more for you is more for me. Wealth circulates, gravitating toward the greatest need. In a gift community, participants understand that good deeds have a ripple effect…. your gifts will eventually come back to you, albeit often in a new form.
How to conduct a gifting circle.
The process will vary, as each community is different and different needs will arise. It’s helpful to know that gift circles can be about lending/borrowing as well as giving/receiving, and about non-material things as well as material ones.
For a gift circle to happen, the main thing you need is the space to do it in, that will hold as many people as you want to invite
Inspiration. See how others are doing it!
- The Tree Sisters Gift Circle Guide
- Hungry for more? Learn more about gift circles with this free e-book download.
- The Awesome Foundation – making dreams happen $1k at a time!
- Post Growth – a nifty guide that demonstrates how you can build a non-profit business model around the sharing/gifting economy
- Our advisor Judy Wicks devised a plan to fit her community’s needs. Read about her sharing economy model called the Circle of Aunts & Uncles.