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hi there FAAN people.
artist: joy garnett

I just finished promising all the works I've put up for adoption. you may well ask: "what gives?" what's this about, starving artists giving their work away?? well, there's more to it than that. there always is. got any ideas about it? talk to me, send me an email > joy.garnett @ gmail.com cheers. jg|||||||||||||||||| update: 3/15/07, via Wikipedia entry for "Gift Economy": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift_economy/ A gift economy is an economic system in which goods and services are given without any agreement for immediate or future compensation. This differs from a barter economy - in which there is an immediate or expected quid pro quo (the Latin term for the concept of "a favor for a favor"). Typically, a gift economy occurs in a culture which emphasizes social or intangible rewards for generosity: karma, honor, loyalty or other forms of gratitude. In some cases simultaneous or recurring gifting serves to circulate and redistribute valuables within a community. This can be considered a form of reciprocal altruism. In other cases, gifting is done without implicit expectation of reciprocation. The concept of a gift economy stands in contrast to a planned economy or a market economy. In a planned economy, goods and services are distributed by explicit command and control rather than informal custom; in market economies, an explicit quid pro quo for money or some other commodity is established before the transaction takes place. In practice, most human societies blend elements of all of these, in varying degrees. Some examples would be: * Sharing of food in a hunter-gatherer society, where sharing is a safeguard against failure of any individual's daily foraging. * The Pacific Northwest Native American potlatch ritual, where leaders give away large amounts of goods to their followers, strengthening group relations. By sacrificing accumulated wealth, a leader gained a position of honor. * Offerings to a deity, spirit, intercessionary saint or similar entities. * A political machine, in which a politician gives patronage and favors in expectation of future political support and/or as a reward for past support. * A "favor network" within a company. * A family, in which each generation pays for the education of the next: this is an example where the gift creates an implicit obligation to give a gift to a third party, rather than to the giver. * Religious tithing. * Charitable giving or philanthropy. * Open source development and other forms of commons-based peer production. [...] this last is what interests me most. JG NYC

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