Category Archives: gift-economy

We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical (2020)

by Amy Schatz, Diane Kolyer, Sara Rodriguez (Producers) Meditation & Movie Awakin Circle Every year in Oakland, CA, hundreds of pre-K through 12th grade students compete in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, performing a mix of published and original … Continue reading

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The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

By Robin Wall Kimmerer [As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to … Continue reading

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Just a Garden Away: A Song About Returning to the Basics

By Aaron & Chaya Ableman Song offered by Aaron to Awakin Oakland on April 16, 2020. If the earth can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!So, what else to do but build a garden?Raising our youth in a bed of soil and … Continue reading

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Generosity Fills Us With Joy

By Desmond Tutu I think that almost all of us are surprised how our joy is enhanced when we make someone else happy. You know, you go to town, you’ve gone to do some shopping, and when you get back … Continue reading

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Renewability Makes Something Valuable

by Martin Prechtel In the village, people used to build their houses out of traditional materials, using no iron or lumber or nails, but the houses were magnificent. Many were sewn together out of bark and fiber. Like the house of the … Continue reading

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Cultivando un pueblo/Growing a Village

por Brenda Salgado [English Below] Estoy buscando a mi gente. Estoy buscando para cultivar un pueblo. Ante la crisis ecológica que conduce a la extinción masiva.      …. Y…. El potencial de esto es ser nuestra iniciación en un mundo más … Continue reading

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Plantando semillas de amor y de vida/ Planting Seeds of Love and Life

by Nimo Patel [English below] Nuestro mundo está bastante condicionado para celebrar lo que se ha logrado: el fruto de la perseverancia. Pero la verdadera belleza de la vida es plantar semillas y nutrir sus raíces. Aunque no soy un … Continue reading

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El Mundo Como un Sólo Lugar / The World as One Place

–por Chris Hadfield (Mar 08, 2019) [English below] Cuando nacemos tenemos una visión muy pequeña del mundo: el útero de nuestra madre y la sala de partos. Y, a medida que creces, es probable que tus padres intenten controlar el … Continue reading

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Fractals: The Relationship Between Small and Large

–by adrienne maree brown  (March 1, 2019) A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. … Continue reading

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Alquimia Espiritual / Spiritual Alchemy

–por Shinzen Young (Feb 22, 2019) [English below] Todas las tradiciones espirituales hablan acerca de la importancia de darle la bienvenida a las circunstancias negativas con amor. A menudo un@ escucha que debe amar a su enemigo o a las … Continue reading

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