Freeconomics and Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Man

I really LOVE this idea that Wendy talks about here. What a fantastic way to be generous without any strings attached. Leave the frustration to karma and just get on with learning to be generous. Sounds like the best idea to me 🙂


I just finished reading Mark Boyle’s book The Moneyless Man and found it hugely inspiring. Mark was an economics graduate and businessman who discovered Ghandi. Ghandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world” became the ethos by which he began to live and Mark started a Freeconmic movement, one in which members gave freely to those in need. This movement operates in over 150 countries around the world in town and city communities. The Freeconomic Movement operates on a Pay-It-Forward ethos. As he puts it in his speech (linked below) “For thousands of years we have been looking at life through a lens of “What can I take”. Imagine on a table in front of you there are different lens and we take off our old and put on a new one of “What can I give?”

“Imagine a world where we can give without expectation of…

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thecontentedcrafter
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 06:26:37

    I just wrote a long comment on Wendy’s blog – it is a wonderful thing isn’t it!


    • narf77
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 09:03:28

      Yes indeedy it is and it bypasses the frustration of not having “money” and gives people value for their services and respect for what they can offer rather than how much money and “stuff” they have. Bring it on! 🙂


  2. cathyandchucky
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 09:33:45

    I really wish we could get a LETS program properly running here. I could bake for someone who likes to help numpties like me in the garden :). No money need change hands, two happy people get what they want.


    • narf77
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:09:57

      Steve now wishes that we still lived in Albany as he has been watching what you bake most carefully ;). I know what you mean, sharing what you can do or don’t need with other people to mutually benefit everyone. Poifict! 🙂


      • cathyandchucky
        Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:39:28

        I would feed you two forever if it meant I would have someone who knows how to make me an edible garden 🙂 . When mums lotto numbers win me anything decent (more than $14.30!) I will gladly fly the pair of you here for at least a month with free board and lodging and food thrown in for your help 😀

      • narf77
        Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:24:44

        And we will create an AMAZING edible garden for you… might even smuggle one of Michaels big boy blueberries over wearing a cap and sunglasses to join your two ;). Bring on mum’s winning lotto numbers…maybe I should buy a ticket as well? 😉

      • cathyandchucky
        Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:27:03

        Yeah! Do it Fronkiii!

      • narf77
        Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:27:59

        I did it the other day and didn’t even make $14 back but as they say “you have to be in it, to win it…” 🙂

  3. Littlesundog
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:17:48

    Such a simple way to look at living, yet people won’t do it. It seems overwhelming to me sometimes, to help people understand how things can be better all around with just a few changes. This is how as a young girl I remember farming neighbors helping one another at planting and harvest times. Everyone worked together to help each other. No money involved… just neighbor men from around a community helping with labor and women preparing great meals and caring for the children during these busy times.


    • narf77
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:21:10

      Thats how it should be. How humanity is meant to function, as a whole not a few dictating to the masses who are perpetually in debt and never manage to gain control of their lives. Sharing on a common level and generosity is the real answer to true community. At least the hipsters are after trying to get real community back 🙂


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