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This is where I blog about my philanthropic adventures.
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a birthday wish

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in blog, crowd-lending

Dear friends, I am turning 45 in two days, on Wednesday, March 16, and here is my birthday wish. The wise and beautiful Aumatma Shah who co-founded the Karma Clinic in Berkeley, now runs her naturopathic practice out of Oakland, and helps couples have healthy babies without drugs or injections. She is currently raising $10,000 through the new Kiva Zip platform in order to collect data to publish research in medical journals on how natural medicine can support fertility. Kiva Zip is “a pilot program recently launched by Kiva to...

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terri goes to tibet

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in blog, crowd funding

My great-grand mother was only 36 when she died… a few days after giving birth to my grand-mother, Madeleine, who was her first child. She died of puerperal fever, an infection which could sometimes affect women in the days following a delivery. Back then, in France, it was still fairly common, and fatal. Heart broken by the loss of the woman he loved, my great-grand father never remarried. He raised his daughter alone, and died 40 years later, a widower. My grand-mother ended up spending her 98 years on earth wishing her birth had not...

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borneo-gogo campaign

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in blog, crowd funding

When my friend Jane Brunette emailed me from Bali last February to ask if I would help her organize an Indiegogo Campaign to support an indigenous tribe in Eastern Borneo bring hundreds of villagers together to hold a 64-day long conflict resolution ceremony intended to protect their home rainforest from bulldozers, I followed my heart compass and said yes!  Jane and I knew each other well. Our paths first crossed in Bali in the summer of 2011, and from the start, our friendship revolved around our shared love of poetry, meditation,...

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one dollar and mrs. green’s world

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in blog, crowd funding

This is a story about community-based philanthropy, and what happens when lots of little streams come together to make a larger river.  I’ll tell this story in two parts. The first was written on February 27th, 2014, two days before the end of my friend Gina’s Kickstarter campaign, when I sent this email below to thirty friends in three continents: Greetings, dear friends around the world, A warm hello from the little desert town of Borrego Springs in Southern California. TWO DAYS AGO, between breakfast and a 10 am meeting with...

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Save the tigers with a glass of lemonade

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in flow funding stories

Last Sunday, a friend and I were on our way to Lake Lagunitas to meditate in our favorite redwood grove, and decided to stop for a few minutes in a coffee shop in the little town of Fairfax.  As we walked back to the car, I noticed an A4 piece of paper taped to a lamp post.  It was written in a child’s handwriting and the headline read: “Save the tigers with a glass of lemonade.”  Each of the letters was drawn in a different color.  The rest of the sign said: “We are raising money to save the most endangered tiger...

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jane, the flamingseed

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in flow funding stories

Jane Brunette is a meditation teacher, writer and poet, the publisher of Flamingseed Press, a contributor to the Huffington post, as well as the founder of an international network of “free writers” called Writing from the Soul. She teaches and writes about spiritual practices for turning challenging times into opportunities to develop a more soulful and meaningful approach to life, both individually and collectively. I first met Jane through one of her blog posts which a friend posted on facebook. It was called Blossoming through Shared...

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“money & life” nearly ready for launch

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in fundraisers, Katie Teague, Kickstarter

My friend Katie Teague has been touring the United States to show a rough cut of her “Money and Life” documentary which explains why the current monetary system is failing us, and gives a bird’s eye view of the alternatives emerging in the New Economy movement.  The movie has been greeted with standing ovations, and she’s now getting requests for screening all over the world. If you want to help transition our crumbling monetary system from dying caterpillar to butterfly, so that we adopt currency systems that free...

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filiz telek’s brave new world

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in flow funding stories

Filiz is a fellow nomad, connector, story-teller, and ambassador for the gift economy, who keeps an inspiring blog called Brave New World, while traveling around the world interviewing people who make a difference, and documenting their ideas and projects through short videos and blog posts. In her own words, she’s “telling the new story of Earth and humanity.” She is also involved in anchoring permaculture and time banking paradigms in Turkey, and is part of Charles Eisenstein’s support team in helping to disseminate the ideas in...

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she’s making a movie about money

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in flow funding stories

I first heard about Katie Teague while having dinner with my friend Brock in Boulder, Colorado, back in November of 2010. I had just talked to him about my interest in monetary systems and complementary currencies, and shared that I was a big fan of currency designer Bernard Lietaer.  He commented that his friend Katie was interested in similar things. “She’s making a movie about money,” he added. I was curious to hear more. When he mentioned that she had been interviewing many visionaries and out-of-the-box thinkers, my curiosity...

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undamming the rivers of wealth

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in poetry & song

May the rivers of wealth be undammed and flow freely over the earth. May the gifts move through increased hands until all people experience the abundance of life. ~ Marion Weber I love this invocation.  A few weeks ago, I invited friends who are musicians and singers to create sung versions of the invocation, to amplify the power of its words. You can hear my friend Lindsey Wise‘s version on...

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