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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36 individuals and 4 organizations have contributed

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$5 USD

2 individuals have contributed

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Plums

Target = 10% of contributions at this level

$10 USD

1 individual has contributed

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Peaches

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$25 USD

4 individuals have contributed

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Mangoes

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

$50 USD

+ 4

7 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

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Canteloupes

Target = 5% of contributions made at this level

$100 USD

+ 2

5 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

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Watermelons

Target = 5% of contributions made at this level

$250 USD

3 individuals have contributed

Top financial contributors

Individuals

1

Ben Roberts

$565 USD since Jun 2019

2

rob de laet

$450 USD since Jul 2019

3

Jean Russell

$300 USD since Jan 2020

4

Kevin Jones

$250 USD since Jul 2019

5

David Witzel

$250 USD since Aug 2019

6

Jitendra Darling

$100 USD since Jul 2019

7

Carol Gorelick

$100 USD since Aug 2019

8

Heather Tischbein

$100 USD since Dec 2019

9

Brianna Ruland

$100 USD since Dec 2019

10

Incognito

$100 USD since Dec 2019

11

Helen Roberts

$100 USD since Jan 2020

12

Incognito

$80 USD since Aug 2019

13

Susan Basterfield

$50 USD since Jul 2019

14

Incognito

$50 USD since Aug 2019

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Incognito

$50 USD since Aug 2019

Organizations

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Thriving Resilien...

$2k USD since Jan 2020

2

The Connection Pa...

$100 USD since Jul 2019

3

The Consciousness...

$50 USD since Aug 2019

4

Lovevolv Inc

$36 USD since Jan 2020

What's new with Now What?!

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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 that will flow to each of the three buckets of support that make up the financial portion of the Gift Economy. These are listed below, along with the amounts that will be paid out based on the current pool of $2891. If more contributions are received these numbers will rise in proportion. Details can be found here and a general overview of this process here.
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 that was received in gifts ($1755 less $107 in processing fees) back out to each of the various recipients as they submit their requests for payment (treated as "expenses" within this platform). Details can be found here.
Published on September 12, 2019 by Ben Roberts

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See how money openly circulates through Now What?!. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

Monthly financial contribution to Conference Weaving Coll...

Ben Roberts | 3/1/2020 | View Details 
+$10.00USD

Monthly financial contribution to Conference Weaving Coll...

Ben Roberts | 2/1/2020 | View Details 
+$10.00USD

Financial contribution to Now What?!

Jean Russell | 1/30/2020 | View Details 
+$300.00USD

Today’s balance

$3,593.47 USD

Estimated annual budget

~ $4,855.84 USD

Now What?! is all of us

Our contributors 41

Everyone who has supported Now What?!. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Ben Roberts
Collective Admin

Total contributions

$565 USD

Plums

Thriving Resi...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$1,750 USD

rob de laet
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$450 USD

Connecting our energy and passion will support the great transformation of human consciousness and create a more beautiful world, Rob.

Jean Russell
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$300 USD

Kevin Jones
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$250 USD

Watermelons

David Witzel
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$250 USD

Watermelons

Jitendra Darling
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

I ran Occupy Cafe with Ben, so I know the amount of time and energy required, on so many levels, to organize this program. Thanks Ben!!!

The Connectio...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

Canteloupes

Carol Gorelick
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

Canteloupes

Heather Tisch...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

Canteloupes

Brianna Ruland
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

$100 USD

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. The next iteration took place from October 14-November 22, 2019, and another is planned for March 23-May 1, 2020.  The plan is to continue offering a regular cycle of twice-yearly engagements in a Spring/Fall rhythm.

The pop-up gift economy accompanying each Now What?! edition provides a nourishing flow of resources to its conveners, hosts, and other “staff,” and supports a set of projects selected by the members of the "Now What?! Collective." Members are also eligible to receive a “dividend” in return for their participation. See the list of current Collective Members and the invitation to become one here: https://www.nowwhat2019.com/collective-members

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 from September through November to convene and host the current edition of Now What?! and/or are supporting the coordination of the Pop-up Gift Economy and synthesis and meaning-making work. 

In addition to meeting the financial requests of the Now What?! conveners, hosts, and synthesizers, 20% of the net proceeds will be allocated across a set of projects nominated by participants, via a collaborative and democratic process.  The remaining 20% will be divided up pro-rata among all those who request a "participant dividend" in recognition of their contributions to Now What?!