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“We have all been given a gift, the gift of life.  What we do with our lives is our gift back.” ~ Edo, quoted in the Sacred Economics trailer.

My passion for philanthropy was born of a deep friendship with an out-of-the-box entrepreneur and philanthropist I met in 2003 at a Social Venture Network conference in Arizona. Together, we embarked on a quest to discover the conditions under which philanthropy becomes a potent transformative force rather than a superficial and sometimes complacent palliative tool to alleviate the systemic inequities that plague our world.  Another friend joined us on this learning journey, and the three of us spent the following two years researching and mapping innovative projects and approaches on the evolutionary edge of philanthropy.  This gave us the opportunity to meet and learn from many visionaries and change-makers calling for shifts in our relationship to money, both the way we think of it and the way we use it. My encounters with Duane Elgin, Lynne Twist, Nipun Mehta, Kristi Nelson, Orland Bishop, Tom Callanan, and Marion Weber changed my life.  Over the course of a few years, I stopped transacting my time and energy for money, and simply offered support to people and project who inspired me, while honoring cues about what drained or nourished my energy.  A circle of kindred spirits assembled around me to fund and support my philanthropic explorations.  Others started entrusting me with resources to flow forward to the visionaries and change-makers I encounter on my journeys.  If you are curious to know more about my experiments with giving and receiving, I invite you to explore the pages on this site.  If you want to learn more about me, here is where you can read about my nomadic life and passions. And this is my bio.