Part of what I’ve been trying to do with my lifestyle experiment is live as much outside the boundaries of money so that as I move back into using it, I can use it a bit more consciously and with a healthier flow. With the common capitalism we are following today, it is based on some really poor assumptions and some terribly flawed practices, like indebtedness, scarcity, competition, irresponsible consumption, and endless growth. I think that economic flow should be based on things like honesty, integrity, character, work, creativity, compassion, collaboration, transparency, and abundance. But that’s just me. It’s kinda the way I roll.
A few years ago, I started tinkering with an idea that I call the WeBMaP. I’ve referred to the philosophy behind it as ABC2 Economics. The premise is that just as nature has the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire, humanity is comprised of heart, mind, body, and spirit. It makes sense that if we are going to create civilization in a balanced image, we can realize this by recognizing that our society is comprised of the four similar parts of Artist, Business, Citizen, and Charity (ABC2, cute, huh?) and that as life artists, each of us can channel the flow of our financial energy to each of these economic components by practicing Commitment, recognizing our Ambitions, realizing our Resourcefulness, and refining our Dedication (or playing CARDS, according to artist Gale Fulton Ross).
Although I am fashioning projects based upon this premise at the Flow Factory, it his my hope to be able to work with open source code writers to develop something more systemic. Where I imagine taking this idea is to create an app that helps people channel the flow of their money to the elements of the life that they want to support. For instance, in Facebook, when you “like” something, it goes into a little category on your About page and you give that entity the energy of support by introducing them to your network. In a WeBMaP infrastructure, when you “love” something, a portion of your currency flows toward it in a continuous show of support and appreciation. When money moves through your account, as an Artist, you would get a quarter of it, a quarter would be divided up among the Business network that supports you, a quarter would be divided among the amenities and infrastructure that allow you to life your best life as a Citizen, and a quarter would be divided up between the organizations and endeavors that are near and dear to your heart, your chosen Charities. Basically, by empowering people to channel their own funds, we can draw energy away from government and business entities that we feel are wasteful or moral/ethically questionable, and support those endeavors that we feel are vital and beneficial, fertilizing what we want to see grow while withdrawing from what we want to see diminished.
Is that asking too much?
Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at InkenSoul.com, fairly regularly at SarasotaDay, and sometimes posts at Anything Arts, Sarasota Music Scene, and Elephant Journal, and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.