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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Giftivism: Another Name for 'Sharing'

Pavi Mehta: Reclaiming the Priceless

"Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that transform the world. History has seen giftivists in all corners - Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and so forth. People who believed that when we change ourselves, we can fundamentally change the world. But this ability isn't restricted to social change giants. The seeds of giftivism lie in each of us. But to tap into it we have to do something all these people did. We have to upturn one of the core assumptions of economics - the assumption that people always act to maximize self-interest. The assumption that we are inherently selfish beings. Giftivism flips that idea on its head. What practices, systems and designs emerge when we believe people WANT to behave selflessly?" 
In this heart-stirring talk filled with real-life stories, writer Pavi Mehta describes the path of Giftivism and the vast potential it holds for returning us to the priceless.

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Here is the link to the original post with a video of Mehta's speech and a written transcript. Enjoy! LINK


  1. How beautiful, ties in well with a few of my projects and the way I'm trying to live more and more. What a beautiful site, too! Albert Kaufman, Portland, Oregon http://albertideation.com

  2. Thank you so much for posting this. This reminds me a little bit of the experience of hearing a fellow named Eisenstein from Eugene who talks about the gift economy. Very empowering stuff!

    1. Yes, there is a growing community of people who are embracing giftivism, or "sharing" as a viable way of llife. Goes beyond barter and local currencies to a more radical approach: "Give and you shall receive," so says the law. By stepping into the stream of generosity we find a natural abundance awaits us. Check out Daniel Suelo and Mark Boyle if you were inspired by Eisenstein.

  3. True transformation always begins with loving kindness. It can be as simple as a smile.


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