Around the world people are unplugging from ‘the system’ and decide to follow their spirit of heart. They start to express their purpose through starting social enterprises, rediscovering the artist within themselves or start to do more charitable work. All in service for the whole. Read the rest of this entry »
As some of you might have noticed, some developments are going on at Giving is all we Have. Read the rest of this entry »
Dear friends, I would like to introduce you to two of the most inspiring girls I have recently met. With their being, teachings & initiatives they are of major inspiration to humanity. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently I was asked by the organizational committee of the Veerstichting to talk in front of 700 students, politicians, scientists, business leaders and other influentials from all levels of Society to talk at their conference. Read the rest of this entry »
We all feel it by know. Our new world is ready to take shape, manifested from a heart consciousness. Here are some must reads from the past year to get yourself and your business prepared for 2013.
You probably feel it within. You’re capable of doing so much more. Probably you’ve been educated within our current educational system. Geared towards restriction, standardization & specialization, it is perfectly suited to prepare you to contribute to our current economic system. No wonder you feel locked down. Read the rest of this entry »
The so-called ‘We first’ Economy. It proclaims the inclusion of social and environmental aspects into our way of doing business and economy to be of crucial importance for our next era. However, from a consciousness perspective, defining ‘Me vs. We’ keeps the same origin of our old economy in place.
The process of Self realization. Becoming who you truly are. It requires gut, honesty and awareness. It often includes confrontation with your Self (in fact it always does ;) In my experience it’s best to see as a funny game. Read the rest of this entry »
It would be great to have a world where gift- and money economy exist side by side. A world with many different types of currencies, so you could always find the currency suitable for your needs, and money would only be considered one of many ways to exchange. Read the rest of this entry »
Like I said before, all of us want to give. Many people I encounter express their belief, support & enthusiasm about Giving is All we Have for which I’m very grateful. Most of them ask the question: “What can I do to realize this world that you’re portraying?”
Every now and then, I catch myself being distracted by the benefits of that ‘old way’ of doing things. Shouldn’t I just get a job like ‘normal’ people do? With security of income, a predictable career path and all? Sounds tempting.
That very moment you step into your office. ‘More efficient. Faster. First-to-Market. More Growth. Increasing productivity.’ Are we captured in the speediness of our organisations? Read the rest of this entry »
Want to raise your consciousness & leadership skills, but don’t know how? Easy! Check out these 99 pointers to help you out in your quest. Enjoy.
Recently, the Buy Nothing New Campaign was introduced in the Netherlands. This campaign has the aim of making people aware of their consumptive patterns. Check it out!
Living from the heart. It seems like a popular quote nowadays. We all have a heart, so we can directly relate to it. But are you really living from your heart? I found out that one simple question can provide the answer.
We have reached 1001 likes! For this special occasion, I would like to share the insights with you that I’ve gathered over the past couple of months. They will help you playfully create our future and become a ‘consciousness warrior without a fight’ yourself!
A new world firmly rooted in giving. Right. It might sound a bit too far-fetched for some. Some even say it’s overly idealistic. After all, how on earth would we ever be able to create such a world? Here are some quick insights for those willing to engage in an, actually kind of funny, game of world-change. Read the rest of this entry »
Last weekend at Lowlands 2012, our Giving is All we Have crew have been working their asses off to help people remember what it is like to give & receive unconditionally. Results were mind boggling. Read all about it here. Read the rest of this entry »
Giving is All we Have joins forces with Lowlands to engage in a big giving experiment! Announcing the Gift Shop at Lowlands 2012. Read the rest of this entry »
Our monetary system bares some fundamental flaws that will eventually take care of its own collapse. It appears that we’re on the verge of the most radical financial innovation ever. Read the rest of this entry »
At some point in time*, we were urged to live in the fragmented illusion of our minds. Living from this duality consciousness unfolded as a brilliant and major teaching for our souls. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, I was interviewed about my ideas on a Gift Society for Vier Magazine. Once again with my partner in Giving Robbert Vesseur. ;-)
Check it out (both Dutch & english available)
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“We can’t tackle our challenges with the same kind of consciousness with which we created them”
In order for the giving society to physically manifest, we will first have to experience some shifts in our collective consciousness. This process has already long begun, and follows the path from the mind to the heart. Read the rest of this entry »
The Generation of Generousity. They’re taking up one of what I consider to be the coolest challenge in the world: raising the vibration of our planet to a next level of consciousness. Do you belong to generation G? Read the rest of this entry »
Some interesting stuff is going on our humble little planet. I’m not talking 2012 Mayan prophecies here*, but about the earthly prelude to a fundamental transformative period that will unfold over the next period. Which might be sooner than you think. Read the rest of this entry »
A single thought creates your universe. Now what then do you want your thoughts to be? A question that not only applies to each one of us personally, but for our organisations as well. Read the rest of this entry »
As the fundamental challenge for companies in the 21st Century is their search for purpose and societal relevance, human resource management and management development is put into a broader perspective as well. Read the rest of this entry »
A couple of months ago, I walked over a zebra crossing. A car stopped to let me cross the road. I gave the driver a smile and a cheerful nod of gratitude. But before I knew it, I was struck.
When you give, do you expect something back? Is giving with those reciprocity expectations true giving? Or is it merely an action to achieve your chosen end?
I have decided to give away a lifetime of coaching, skills & support to a guy or girl who believes he or she could use to help by a guy like me.
It seems like it was yesterday; coming back from my travel with a crazy idea of changing this world to evolve around giving. From the firm belief that I couldn’t change anyone else, I changed myself. Up to this day, I continue to be in awe about what is happening. A short sum-up and a moment of gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »
Every single day we get bombarded by news about the financial and economic crisis. What causes these crises? Our economic system? Our banks? Think again.
Well, I’ve had great fun with my Nintendo Wii, especially throwing all those banana leaves at Luigi from my kart. But now it’s time for me to let go and give somebody else the pleasure of this gaming frenzy. Unconditionally. Read the rest of this entry »
I firmly believe that social enterprising will be the way forward in the 21st Century. As some of you know, I’ll do anything within my powers to make that happen. So I’m unconditionally offering 40 hours of my time to helping a truly social enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »
Today, on March 7, 2012, Giving is All we Have launches #givingisallwehave. This Twitter hashtag is intended for those around the world that unconditionally want to give and share products, time, talent, skills, knowledge or compassion with others. Read the rest of this entry »
I am unconditionally giving away my business administration books. I was fortunate enough to study at Nyenrode business University, an experience of which I am reaping the fruits as we speak. But now, I would much rather make somebody else happy with those business books, than keeping them in my bookshelf. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday, I stumbled across this video on Sacred Economics, in which author Charles Eisenstein takes you along his ideas on money and a gift society. Be inspired to do things differently in only 12 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve entered an exciting transformative period in which the role of money in our society is being reconsidered. Did you know for instance that all over the world alternative currencies are popping up? No? Well, buckle up then!
Many of you have probably heard of ‘cogito, ergo sum’ (‘I think, therefore, I am’). But does consciousness stem from our brain? What about the role of our body? Of our feelings, and emotions? Is consciousness ours anyway? Read the rest of this entry »
Great news! The 30th of March I’ll be speaking at the independently organised conference of TEDxDordrecht.
This years theme of TEDxDordrecht?
‘Being human, being the change’
Needless to say, I am very grateful that this opportunity has been given to me and hope to see you all at the conference.
Check them out at TEDxDordrecht!
Yours truly, Jeroen
Recently, the ‘Giving is All we Have’ team kicked off the first brainstorm session for Lowlands 2012. All with that insane goal of getting its 55.000 visitors to experience the joy & power of giving.
And I must say, some brilliant ideas came to fruition in a flow of creative energy! Big shout out goes to Marjon van der Velden, owner of www.mmousse.nl, for kickstarting the giving chain by making her inspirational yoga, art & whatever more space available to this greater good!
Things are looking vibrantly good. Stay tuned!
Recently, I was interviewed for Volzin Magazine (Dutch magazine for purposeful living) along with two friends of mine about the Gift Economy. You can read the article here. I’ve translated it into English as well, if Dutch isn’t your cup of cake. ;-)
I would love to hear your reactions, ideas and opinions!
Yours truly, Jeroen
“I don’t feel that comfortable with what I am doing at work right now. I should be following my dreams! But how do I do that? …It looks like I’ll be stuck here for another while. …Maybe, just maybe, I’ll win the State Lottery next time!”
Take an honest look around you. A lot of us are trapped within a golden cage. From which only few are able to escape.
Some feel we live in an awful period. A period of uncertainty and imbalance. Some are anxiously waiting for the storm to pass by. But we’ve reached a point of no return. And I must say; I am very excited to live in this era. Not without fear, yet whole-heartedly embracing the unknown, our vulnerability and sheer endless possibility. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you believe you have control over the world around you? That the world is controllable causality? That you can simply isolate particular events to shape your future? Think again.
The purpose of management development lies within its potential to attract, retain and develop people in alignment with organisational goals. But be aware! The 21st Century poses some daunting challenges… Read the rest of this entry »
It took me 30 years to realise. The fortunate thing with insight is that it is not about when, but about if it happens. But this idea changed my life to such an extent, that I can’t go back to my old beliefs again. Read the rest of this entry »
How would you get 55.000 people at a festival to ‘Give’? We are looking for the wackiest, creative and most awe-inspiring ideas. Join our team!
As you all know, it started out by giving away my ticket to Lowlands Festival in 2011 (check out this post). And things got out of hand because of this one small gift (yep, it’s contagious this ‘Giving’ thing). Now, for Lowlands 2012, we are pushing boundaries with an even more daunting goal of getting 55.000 people to ‘Give’ !
In the coming weeks we’ll gather a small team for creative concept- & proposition development, and ultimately execution at Lowlands 2012.
So send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org . The people with the most contagious ideas will be invited to join the team!
Okay, this might sound a little counter-intuitive. But it seems that the only way to progress into an era in which conscious businesses play a central role, is to give up on our search for purpose. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, I came across this little excerpt that I would like to share with you all. Latest developments in neuroscience prove striking similarities between how our brains react to financial gains on the stock markets and how they react to the effects of cocaine. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Happiness Economics’. ‘Social Capital’. Economist imperialists are introducing fancy terms in their urge to expand their rational economic approach into ‘the Social’ . Meanwhile, you and I already know by nature, and now for a fact, what makes us happier; Giving. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night I came across this little excerpt on BBC News. About a trader, Alessio Rastani, on the economic crisis. Who makes a perfect example of how dealing with abstract numbers leads to immoral behavior. Of how money sets off a reward mechanism, identical to using cocaine, that will make you want more.
Ironically, the name Alessio in Ancient Greek means; “defender of mankind”. Ha. Read the rest of this entry »
Scientists at CERN are racking their brains about what they have actually discovered. About what the possible implications these billionths of a second could be, if their findings appear to be true. Meanwhile, people around the world already let their imagination go wild. Will we be able to travel into the future? Or even better, to the past? Read the rest of this entry »
‘Listening’ to your customers. Quantifying ‘Customer Segments’. Identifying ‘Unmet’ needs. A bunch of gibberish? Well, most of all a dangerous dog turd on the pavement for managers. And nobody wants to slip over that, do we? Read the rest of this entry »
The times are changing. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) executives will have to shift their attention to deal with the biggest challenge for our 21st Century. Read the rest of this entry »
iRobot. The Matrix. The Terminator. Somehow we seem fascinated by the thought of a robotized future. Some are freightened by this idea. Others fully embrace it. Some people even think of ourselves as robots. But wait a minute: Are we robots? Read the rest of this entry »
Marketers and pricing strategists beware. The world is changing. In a couple of years the discipline of pricing strategy will be a vague remembrance of the past.
One could argue that over the past centuries we have been cultivating a society that builds on some very ‘masculine’ traits. Trend watchers are prophesizing that our 21st century’s society will be dominated by ‘feminine’ characteristics. ‘Who will win?’, I hear you ask. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to all of you for becoming part of ‘Giving is All we Have’; a movement that is changing the world as we speak. Allow me to elaborate a bit more on the intent of ‘Giving is All we Have’. On what you can expect the next coming months. Just to clear things up a bit. Read the rest of this entry »
Boiling down everything to its bare essence only one thing remains: Giving. It manifests in nature, social forms and ultimately the giving of life. But what is this notion of “ Giving” exactly? And why do we need this economy to change towards one that thrives on both gift and money? Will this whole idea of “Gift” add anything to our current reality? Read the rest of this entry »
The past couple of days have been an amazing experience. Let me shortly recap what happened. Recently I had some profound insights and embraced a new philosophy of giving, which can (very shortly) be condensed to the following: Read the rest of this entry »
Ever since the existence of a campingflight to Lowlands paradise, I have been a loyal visitor of this wonderful festival (ever since I was 14, that’s 17 years ago). I believe this 3 day- (and to the hardcore Lowlander a 5 day-) event creates some enchanting magic: it gives people an opportunity to see the bands they love and to submerge in a mind-blowing experience that transcends every penny this wonderful organization charges. Read the rest of this entry »