Vision of a 'Gift Economy'
When I watched the 10 minute video created for free for Eisenstein by Ian MacKenzie in the spirit of the 'gift economy', these seemingly disparate pieces began to fall into place with almost alarming alacrity.
I was suddenly able to envisage a world where the kind of values I am naturally aligned to, could actually be the norm – as indeed they have been in many communities in the past and continue to be so to a greater or lesser degree in certain communities today including those of small Spanish towns like the one where I live; a world not driven by fierce competition but a belief in cooperation; a society where earning respect means being the person always ready to hold out a helping hand rather than keep a tightly clasped fist full of dollars; a world where we don't permanently need to be saving for the future at the expense of today because everyone's future needs being covered is built into the system. A world which, I am happy to say I have, to some extent, always inhabited and which has meant that I have benefitted from an extraordinary amount of bounty with very little financial liquidity to back it up.
How Can Artists Pursue an Alternative Economic Model?
How, as artists or creatives of any kind, can we begin to make this a reality in out own Art-Lives? In the next post I'll be looking at Pay What You Want schemes.