Since I’ve start promoting sharing more vigorously as the path to a money-free world, quite a few people have asked me this question, so thought I’d create a post about it.
Why is sharing the path to a money-free world?
Well, for lots of reasons, but first…
It goes without saying that you cannot share what you do not have, so no-one is asking you to perform miracles here. But you probably have a lot more to share than you think. Eg. your skills, knowledge – or anything that you no longer use – are all potentially shareable goods that have a high value to someone else who needs them.
We just need an effective way of matching your shareable goods with the people who can benefit from them.
So, here’s why sharing is the answer:
- It helps people get the things they need without having to pay or trade
- It reduces our reliance on traditional economic methods
- It promotes trust
- It promotes connection between people and communities
- It reduces environmental impact
- Most importantly, it forges a new way of thinking about how we procure the things we need
All obviously good things, so how does this lead to a money-free world?
As more people benefit from this type of behaviour, more will start engaging in it themselves and benefiting others in turn. And as more join, higher value and more diverse shareable goods will become available.
So sharing as a habit is a positive feedback loop that grows. And when you start multiplying those sharing transactions in their millions and billions, we are already well on the way to creating a sustainable, post-money system.
It won’t replace the money system overnight of course, but it does unquestionably replace it. The hardest part is gaining traction at the beginning – and we’re barely even at the start line yet.
And here’s the rub: if it doesn’t succeed, or if we can’t make it work, then we may need to face the fact that a money-free world cannot work. Because, make no mistake: no ideology or approach to creating a money-free world can succeed without humans engaging in sharing as a way of life.
In other words, whatever your particular beliefs about transition, all avenues to a money-free world include sharing.
So let’s get started?