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Gifting Economy


I was having a discussion with folks in the Portland Burning Man community yesterday, and here’s something I penned about gifting:

“Jason, I would say it’s not an exact science, and rather perhaps more of an
art form this giving and receiving.  I’ve been working on something
recently that’s in a similar vein, Farm My Yard (http://farmmyyard.org ) and it’s been an interesting trip.  I thought it would be an a + b = c kind
of experience, but instead, it’s full of thousands of variables and every
situation is different.

same with giving and receiving.  it’s not that cut and dry.  each of us is
in a very different place in life – may be same age, but diff class
background.  may have same skin color, but different gender.  may have
different life experiences – having had a lot, easy access to stuff; or
none at all.

that said, I take each situation as well as I can in the moment and use my
judgement, wisdom, and also make plenty of misjudges and mistakes along the
way.

thank God there has been Burning Man, because that has been an incredible
crucible for me to try this type of exchanging, gifting, asking/receiving,
activity out for the last 12 years.

one year I came back and started FreecylePortland – and I don’t mean that
as a show-offy comment, just that I think about this concept A LOT.  and
try to live it, and share it, and yeah

hope everyone’s having fun preparing this year….

Then, later, I added this in. Feel free to play in the comments section!

I’d love to hear you take a few minutes and spell out what a gifting
economy is.  your words, a few paragraphs, go.

winner is all of us.

I’ve gifted you with some of my understanding of gifting economy 🙂  what’s yours? 

Great year at Burning Man 2011

Another fantastic year!

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BRCPO 2011

Here we go again!   Black Rock City, Republic of Burning Man.  Countdown 1: two months to burn.  Countdown 2: one month to get the Post Office funded – we need your help!
Kickstarter: http://pdx.be/brcpo


Have you ever mailed yourself or someone you love a post card from the playa?  Well, The Black Rock City International Post Office Village @  9:00 Plaza needs you.  Your support enables us to transport, build & store our super funky & fun themecamp™ so you can send mail to people you love.  Inside our artistically crafted walls, participants are in for radical participation and fun from the Black Rock City community*, with gifts like bureaucratic performance pieces, postcard making, stickers, stamps and hilarious international shenanagrins.  All of those gifts, plus mail!, are spread over Black Rock City and the world each and every day through the PO.

The rewards for donating to this year’s amazing Post Office have all been generously donated.  100% of your donation goes directly to supporting our art.  To see photographs of the beautiful rewards, please visit http://brcpo2oh.weebly.com/fundraising–donating.html.  To see the PO camp, head over to http://brcpo2oh.weebly.com/camp.html.
And better yet, to donate, please visit the Post Office Village site at Kickstarter, at http://pdx.be/brcpo.

We hope you choose to support the PO ~ and send your love out from Burning Man, too.

See you at the burn!

*The Black Rock City International Post Office Village is home to:
– The BRC Post Office 2.Oh, Rites of Passage Post Cards,
– The Portrait Passage Post Card Making,
– The BRC Philately History Museum, and, of course,
– Ritual Delivery Services and Eu-ROP (Rites Of Passage.)

Back from the playa!

Well, yes, my 11th year, how could I not go? A free gifted ticket helped! Thanks, Nurse Flo! (for a longer write-up of my trip this year, click here for the September issue of The Eleven)

Yes, it was marvelous. Yes, there was dust. Yes, I had the time of my life! I’m going to do a longer write up of my experience, with a slide show and all that, but right now it’s time to decompress. Vitamin C, deplayafying stuff, and showering often 🙂

I spent much of this year plying the playa with my trusty bike, making new friends, and enjoying the incredible large-scale artworks.  The weather really cooperated, and it was the best weather year we’ve had in a long time.  The rainstorm on Monday night led to clear lungs for the next 3 days, and the temperatures were very mild compared to previous years.  I found some new theme camps to enjoy this year – the big pink heart, Tuna Guys, and the BRCPO 2.0 was filled with a really stellar bunch this year.  I’ll be posting a lot more, but here’s some playa to walk on to start with.  

Here’s a slide show of some photos that Tantelope took.  I could write for days about this experience, of course, and there’s emails to answer, and my e-letter, The Eleven to write, so that will have to wait a little while 🙂  Dontcha worry, I’ll say more, cause it was a big big year.  Best ever, as they all are.  Next year was always better, though 🙂

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