Now What?!

Collective
Fiscal Host: Ben Roberts

An ongoing series of engagements combining Zoom, in-person meet-ups, and online spaces to foster dialogue, healing, celebration, and pop-up gift economies, in service to The Great Turning.

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A basic contribution to offer support and boost participation stats. A 60% overall participation rate with an average gift of $25, would be a majo... Read more

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Fruit of the Month Club

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Peaches

If we can hit this as an average contribution in future Now What?! editions that have 10-20 times more participants, we'll be "cooking with grease!"

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Mangoes

The target for average contributions to the July 2019 Pop-up Gift Economy

$50 USD

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Target = 5% of contributions made at this level

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Ben Roberts

$1,495 USD since Jun 2019

2
Helen Roberts

$650 USD since Jan 2020

3
rob de laet

$450 USD since Jul 2019

4
David Witzel

$450 USD since Aug 2019

5
Jean Russell

$300 USD since Jan 2020

6
Kevin Jones

$250 USD since Jul 2019

7
Eva Hakes

$250 USD since May 2021

8
Brianna Ruland

$200 USD since Dec 2019

9
Francois Knuchel

$150 USD since Apr 2020

10
Tina Michel

$130 USD since Oct 2020

Organizations

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The Connection Partners Inc

$100 USD since Jul 2019

3
The Consciousness of Money

$50 USD since Aug 2019

4
Jenny Hegland Consulting

$50 USD since May 2020

5
Lovevolv Inc

$36 USD since Jan 2020

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EMERGENT CREATORS

$20 USD since May 2020

Now What?! is all of us

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Thank you for supporting Now What?!.

Ben Roberts

Admin

$1,495 USD

Helen Roberts

Canteloupes

$650 USD

rob de laet

Watermelons

$450 USD

Connecting our energy and passion will support ...

David Witzel

Watermelons

$450 USD

Jean Russell

$300 USD

Kevin Jones

Watermelons

$250 USD

Eva Hakes

Watermelons

$250 USD

Francois Knuchel

Mangoes

$150 USD

Tina Michel

$130 USD

Patti Fish

Fruit of the Month Club

$130 USD

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Today’s balance

$4,922.46 USD

Total raised

$9,467.01 USD

Total disbursed

$4,544.55 USD

Estimated annual budget

$2,548.54 USD

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News from Now What?!

Updates on our activities and progress.

Now What?! Gift Economy for the Oct-Nov 2019 Edition Closes on Jan 24

A final call for contributions to the gift economy associated with the Oct-Nov 2019 edition of Now What?! is going out now through Friday, January 24th. Total receipts at that time will be used to calculate the amount of money t...
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Published on January 17, 2020 by Ben Roberts

A New Edition of the Now What?! Gift Economy is Coming Soon!

Fundraising for the last round of the Now What?! Gift Economy has completed. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who contributed so generously and helped to prototype this process. We are now distributing the $1648 t...
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Published on September 12, 2019 by Ben Roberts

About


Now What?! uses virtual and in-person dialogue, and other forms of live engagement, to weave across a broad set of movements for systemic transformation, in domains including social justice, climate and other environmental challenges, indigenous rights, new economic paradigms, new guiding stories and narratives, and new approaches to all major human systems including food, water, energy, government, organizational governance, education, health, community-building, spiritual growth, etc. 

The concept of The Great Turning articulated by David Korten and further developed by Joanna Macy is one way to summarize these transformational impulses. This includes the goals of 1) stopping harm and dismantling systems of oppression, 2) developing new paradigm alternatives for all aspects of the human presence on Earth, and 3) shifting consciousness towards the recognition of our essential unity, interdependence, and the sacredness of Earth and all beings. Now What?! also supports a fourth goal of fostering healing, regeneration, and reparations, as well as the decolonizing of thought patterns and behaviors that come from the dominant Western culture's roots in white (and other forms of) supremacy, patriarchy, and a "power-over" mindset.

Now What?! engagements are convened in partnership with conferences, networks, alliances, and organizations that are aligned with the vision of The Great Turning. A collective forms around each iteration to coordinate invitations, communications, hosting/facilitation, collective meaning-making, and a “pop-up gift economy.”

An initial set of Now What?! engagements were prototyped in March and May-June 2019, followed by October-November 2019, March-April 202, October-November 202, and April-May 2021.  Each edition lasts six weeks.

The pop-up gift economy accompanying each Now What?! edition provides resources to its conveners, hosts, and other “staff,” and also pays forward the next edition. 

The financial component of the gift economy is supported by gifts from participants and people in their networks, as well as contributions from sponsoring organizations. All funding for Now What?! is managed via this Open Collective platform. Net proceeds after the deduction of fees charged by Open Collective and Stripe are allocated as follows: 
  • 60% to the Collective Members who work to convene and host the current edition of Now What?!  
  • 20% divided up pro-rata among all those Collective Members who request a "participation dividend."
  • 20% paid forward to fund the next edition

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