Tool #5: Creating economies of generosity

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Economies of generosity can be described as being fuelled by non-monetary exchanges that are infused by affect, either for the people or the thing(s) being exchanged. The sharing of the combined material, social and immaterial surplus of everyone involved, fuels such economies. Designer Brett Bloom describes these economies as tied to a social nexus rather than to objects or money: a nexus in which we can turn around and share the surplus of our lives.

Can we use our design skills to support and propel such economies? Can we do so in inclusive ways? Can we come up with tactics and strategies that will also allow people with very little surplus to become part of them?

Last edit: 20.06.2014