The Gift Economy

Raman Balyan
Apr 16, 2015 · 4 min read

What Is Gift Economy?

Why Gift Economy?

We were born helpless infants, creatures of pure need with little resources to give, yet we were fed, protected, clothed and held and soothed without having done anything to deserve it. None of this we earned or produces. Our life has given us, therefore our default state is gratitude. It is the feeling of having received a gift, and desire to give in turn.

You Must Have This Question?

Most people actually prefer working with a fixed price. I guess it is because the fixed price takes away the possibly awkward discussion about how much you give. And I can fully understand that. I am trying to put myself in your shoes for a minute: If I give less than Raman was expecting, will he be hurt, or think I’m stingy? And if I give more, am I giving too much? But it’s precisely in that question that lies the genius of the gift economy, because it pushes us to reflect on what value we have exchanged, on our relationship with money, and our relationship to one another.

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