Between You & Me: Conversations on Space, Time and the Economy of Relationships w/Lara Oppenheimer

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written for The Literate Epoch in 2014 at a time when Chicago Time Exchange was experiencing a revival and is the product of a timebank trade for which I received tickets to the show. It was my initial introduction to our local timebank at the time and may be credited as one catalyst for my …

Lewis Hyde & The Tyranny of the Gift

Editor’s Note: The transformation of our economic model from one which values extraction for the purpose of monetization, securitization, and privatization requires a rigorous revision of the values we associate with money. Philanthropy as an element of an extractive economic model values a charity downstream which does not serve to prevent people from falling into a river upstream. We need …

No Price Tags: These Neighbors Built Their Own Economy Without Money – yes! Magazine – Winter 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: In solidarity with our St. Louis kinfolk who also seek to diminish the outsized role money plays in the social structure of modern communities. Cowry Collective is lifted up in praise by YES! Magazine. Midwest to Jackson to Bay to Atlantic Coast, a new economic story is giving rise to radically imaginative solutions to build tribe and weave community …

On Social Economy & Asking Better Questions

In the eyes of family, I am a podcast zealot for maintaining some hundred plus subscriptions of defunct, current and newly released shows curated within a playlist entitled “Newsfeed 3.0”. No relationship to Cauleen Smith’s Human 3.0 Reading List besides mere joyful coincidence. Although I could make a strong argument that each collection is intimately tied to deepening social inquiry. …