Economic Crisis and Creativity:


Entreprenuerial Philanthropy as an Emergent Economy :: 

Economic Crisis is a popular meme (a self-replicating idea) propagating throughout our collective commercial landscape right now. There are other ideas, though. Its not all “Crisis”. There is a bubbling up, under the surface of things, a rise in collaboration, a feeling that we can reinvent our economic structures and energy consumption to reflect our current understanding. It has been labeled a “greening” of economy, but perhaps its more than that. Maybe we are demonstrating what we have learned about each other. Now that we understand that we are all inter-connected, it comes down to systems and how we feel about giving and receiving. And now, perhaps we will re-imagine how to move our goods and services around, or we have a “Crisis”. Maybe there is no choice if you can’t imagine one. C’mon tho’, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, right?

There has been a rise in ‘gifting economies’ or put another way ‘collaboration’ or simply ‘sharing’ as a direct result of technology enabling greater communication.  It is refreshing to hear so many positive voices, so much talk about community! Let’s celebrate those ideas, eh? Tell us more about the positive changes that are happening, seek to unify a populace instead of controlling it with fear. The key is understanding that when we act as a self-organizing system, with sharing and transparent collaboration, we present a stronger, more resilient organizational model. so of course, eventually, that is going to win (if we survive). The question now could be, IS: what the heck do you want to make? pick something cool, and really really difficult. help each other organize around that which matters most (to each of us). In helping each other, we help our mutual humanity. one might call that philanthropic.

Do you also feel the rise in understanding, that renaissance of entrepreneurial spirit, along with our American Spirit, the sense that we can innovate our approach and find creative solutions.  Imagination is part of our heritage (and its free, intrinsic to the human experience). So how does the American Spirit of Ingenuity rise to the challenge of shifting economies? We adapt and innovate our challenges until they are successful. Surprisingly, we have changed our collective ‘mind’ and the criteria for success has changed along with it. Now our interests are involved with notions of sustainability, of community, of mutual benefit.

We first imagined how this could be different.

We imagine ourselves free.

Free to create the world we want to live in.

That’s a powerful idea. Here are some other fun/powerful ideas:


There is a rise in ‘gifting economies’ [check out Clay Shirky’s TED talk here: ]

More on memes, check out )

Lewis Hyde on creativity and property: (

 and Renee Girard on “Mimetic Desire” (é_Girard)

Commodity Exchange=Law of Scarcity (also Tree of Knowledge, but now I am being Poetic) so of course “no matter how much you have, it’s never enough”!

Gift Exchange=Law of Abundance (also related to the Tree of Life, still poetic) and the natural tendency of people that feel like they have enough? It is to share, which increases our feelings of mutual accord.

peace on earth,



2 thoughts on “Economic Crisis and Creativity:

  1. I agree that as a species,as a society, and as a nation, we do adapt to changing times. I find it interesting that it always seems to require a “crisis” in order for that change to come about.

    There has been many communities and people advocating for this new society for a long time. The pressure has been building over the decades but in reality, getting people to put effort into working together has been like pulling teeth, since people concluded “well, things are fine now. Why change anything?”

    Even if they agreed on the concepts of the gifting communities, corporations that actually give back to the community, and “green” living it just seemd to them to be too much effort to change things when the economy and life in general felt okay the way they were.

    It required a serious downfall, a ‘crisis’ (or fear of), and a forcing into survival mode to really motivate people to come together to make these changes…

    What I would hope is that this time we keep the standards of collaboration, creativity, and green living in the forefronts of our minds and don’t allow ourselves to fall back into that comfortable complacancy.

    Thank you for bringing this subject up and sharing your well-written views. 🙂

  2. What up, Heather. I appreciate your perspective.
    it does seem like there has to be a catastrophic event of some sort to motivate individuals to change their worldview. something about the laws of Nature where we are self-organizing, but generally motivated by trauma… or pleasure.
    Napster and Wikipedia both arose from a shared desire (the pleasure of free abundant music, freely shared information), and those are examples of “gifting economies” that have done much to “destabilize” the status quo (no doubt the record companies were much more comfortable pre-Napster!) maybe the comfort or calamity response has to do with how we adapt to change. I notice for myself that I have an easier time of it when I accept change and work with it than when I try to uphold Old Ideas that no longer serve me, or are just not as efficient. Difficult tho’ because so much of identity can be derived from our past understandings of reality, instead of the less comfortable spaces of Mystery and the unknown, or “not yet experienced”. Its scary to be present and alive sometimes, particularly if you think you know exactly who you are already! I think the paradox is that when we choose to live in Real-Time, to flow with change, we come to a deeper and stronger understanding of ourselves. like Bruce Lee said: “be like water, my friend”
    thanks for the comment!
    Vi Cit Tecum,

Holler Back, share your world; looking forward!

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