Towards gift economies
Our donation model – Gift economies & staying in alignment
This website is a gift with which we would like to contribute to these times of deep transformation, challenge and exciting opportunities. It is a project which Kate and I both feel is needed as a compass, a community endeavor, a set of frequency markers and an opportunity for sharing. The feedback we have received from many people is confirming that. Yet we also have to ensure that our needs are met and that everyone can stay in alignment – we and you.
The website has been a big project which continuously takes a lot of our time as there is so much to it: engaging with businesses, artists & their websites, writing blog posts, sorting out our donation model, writing introductions to all the different pages, designing the website, sharing our story, communicating with the people who reach out to us, sharing about the website so that more people can benefit from it etc. Despite the simplicity of the platform, there are many strings involved which together form a web, an ecosystem which develops a life of its own, and which needs continuous mutual nourishment.
The donation model
With our donation model we have created an opportunity for you to give back so that we all can stay in healthy balance of giving and receiving – you and the website team. It is a space where you can give what feels in alignment, considering your personal financial situation, the value the website has to you and your internal promptings emerging from that. There is no specific amount of money which is more adequate than another. What is important in this donation system is that you decide for yourself, based on your situation and internal wisdom, rather than by consulting others, or comparing yourself with others. There is no minimum donation for using this website, neither do we ask the businesses, projects and initiatives we add for compensation. We don’t put a financial value on our work because there is no such thing. It means something else for every person. The website is a gift – it is freely given to all involved. This is our way of leaving behind a system of commodification of people, goods and services. Everyone should have excess to what we have to offer. Nobody should be excluded.
With your donation you maintain a balance of giving and receiving for yourself and also for us which then ensures that we can continue with the Sunbeings.org project. If you appreciate the website a lot and would like to contribute on a regular basis and access additional content, join us on Patreon. Check out the ‘About’ section, or the intro video to learn about Patreon, what we do there, and what it means to become a patron of Sunbeings.org. Regular support allows us to plan ahead with additions to the project, and means we can include more people on a donation basis – increasing our team and adding to the services we can offer to you.
Low on money?
Many of us find less and less ways to participate in the financial system while staying true to who we are. Hence many of us are low on money. If you do not have sufficient financial resources to make a donation, then there are other ways to give. Do you feel excited about sharing a story which you feel other people may benefit from? Take a look at our ‘Share a story’ page. Do you know an artist, business, or project which you feel should be featured on this website? Do you have feedback which may help us make this website even more exciting, or easier to use, or do you have thoughts about our donation model, community approach, or way of redefining ethics? Feel free to Contact us. Do you have opportunity to share about this website with a larger audience so that more people can benefit from this project? These are all gifts you can make which are much appreciated.
Thank you so much for being here in these times and for being part of this transformation. Your donations will be used to pay for website expenses, to cover basic needs of the website team, to donate to contributors to the website, and to support high-frequency projects, businesses & artists.