what is a "giver?"
- "Give, and it will be given to you…for by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." (Luke 6:38)
- "Love does no wrong to a neighbor, thus Love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10)
Where can we begin now? Why not learn from a successful example?
Nipun Mehta - Designing For Generosity: Giftivism - the practice of radical generous acts to change the world. What designs emerge if we assume that people WANT to behave selflessly?
Three Creative Constraints:
- Be volunteer run - unleash the power of compassion capital
- Don't fundraise - stay focused on adding value, and discover untapped capital
- Honor small acts - create peer to peer links that build synergistic capital
When small acts of giftivism get connected, it rekindles a gift economy.
A gift culture is marked by four key shifts:
- Consumption to Contribution - Instead of asking, "What can I get?", open each door to say, "What can I give?" (SMILE cards)
- Transaction to Trust - build synergy. You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. (Karma Kitchen)
- Isolation to Community - It is not enough that we connect, but rather how we connect. Context matters. Cultivate a network of gift-ties.
- Scarcity to Abundance - Cultivate inner transformation, to arrive at enough. "There is enough for everyone's need, but not everyone's greed." - Gandhi
Nipun Mehta - Pay it Forward: Give, Receive & Dance
Other Givers References:
- Original 2007 Givers Mission Statement (historical)
- American Givers: Binding the Firm
- Foundation Crash Course by Nightwing
- Givers' Process Blog (newer, but already outdated)
- Canadian Givers - Freedom From Debt
- Vic Beck
- A Givers Conference Call - Who Shall We Serve?
A "peaceful inhabitant" is a status based on the intent and conduct of individuals, an inhabitant who is also peaceful. It is nominally protected by: The Lieber Code.
Being a peaceful inhabitant is important because, at least on the land known as "America", there is no public record of the "Civil War" ever ending and as such, a reasonable inference is that martial law (as a result of the occupation of the several States of America by the "United States") is still in effect. [Source: There was no treaty signed to end the Civil War.]
- Lieber Code, Article 23 -- The inoffensive individual is as little disturbed in his private relations as the commander of the hostile troops can afford to grant in the overruling demands of a vigorous war.
- Lieber Code, Article 25 -- protection of the inoffensive citizen of the hostile country is the rule.
- Lieber Code, Article 37 -- The United States acknowledge and protect, in hostile countries occupied by them, religion and morality; strictly private property; the persons of the inhabitants, especially those of women; and the sacredness of domestic relations. Offenses to the contrary shall be rigorously punished.
- Lieber Code, Article 44 -- All wanton violence committed against persons in the invaded country, all destruction of property not commanded by the authorized officer, all robbery, all pillage or sacking, even after taking a place by main force, all rape, wounding, maiming, or kill of such inhabitants, are prohibited under the penalty of death, or such other sever punishment as may seem adequate for the gravity of the offense. A soldier, officer, or private, in the act of committing such violence, and disobeying a superior ordering him to abstain from it, may be lawfully killed on the spot by such superior.
Consequences of not being a peaceful inhabitant
If you are not a peaceful inhabitant you are fighting with them and thus their enemy. As an enemy you are faced with numerous costs/risks.
- Lieber Code, Article 17 -- It is lawful to starve the hostile belligerent, armed or unarmed, so that it leads to the speedier subjection of the enemy.
- Lieber Code, Article 52 -- …If, however, the people of a country, or any portion of the same, already occupied by an army, rise against it, they are violators of the laws of war and are not entitled to their protection.
- Lieber Code, Article 82 -- Men, or squads of men, who commit hostilities, whether by fighting, or inroads for destruction or plunder, or by raids of any kind, without commission, withot being part and portion of the organized hostile army, and without sharing continuously in the war, but who do so with intermitting returns to their homes and avocations, or with the occasional assumption of the semblance of peaceful pursuits, divesting themselves of the character or appearance of soldiers -- such men, or squads of men, are not public enemies, and therefore, if captured, are not entitled to the privileges of prisoners of war, but shall be treated summarily as highway robbers or pirates.