The money free economy

I have just received my first ever ‘get writing you slacker’ request from a reader. Thanks Amy, I feel appreciated. Anyone who feels the need to demand blog posts from me, feel free. Sometimes I need the ego boost ;)

A couple of close friends and I have, in the past year, started thinking about kids (I know, it’s that weird clucky thing women get). We have decided that when we have children, we hope to all be living around each other, in the same neighbourhood so as to share childcare. We are all driven individuals and none of us wants to sacrifice our careers, but all of us want to spend as much time as possible with their kids. So we came up with a crafty strategy where we would have (hopefully) 6 parents around. Each parent would be responsible for 1 day of childcare a week and look after all kids (This could be one or two adults, depending on how many children are created).

This means, we are all able to work at least 4 days a week (if we want) and get some good kid time.

The concept needs tweaking but is heavily based on the idea that it takes a community to raise a child, and our belief that children need lot of parent time. It is also based on the idea of the money-free economy.

These things become more important to me and others as we rebel against the consumer driven culture and the need to earn as much as possible simply to afford all the rubbish we want to buy. In the past few months, I’ve seen more and more non money related events popping up. This is a cool, if slightly long tail orientated development and I find it really exciting.

The bestest are:

The big Schwop

The Big Schwop managed to attract a LOT of interest fromt he media and Wellingtonians. The basic principle being bring your cool, good quality stuff and get different cool, good quality stuff.

They are basically starting a designer store without the money, and we all love it.

Book Mooch

I love books and I love owning them. But seriously, once you have read them once or twice, do you really need them? This is a follow on from the traditional book fair, and is once again a matter of swapping your old books for new ones.

Lets get Schwopping!

5 thoughts on “The money free economy”

  1. I’m a big fan of BookMooch. I was clinging onto books I’d never get around to re-reading, and the value I’d get in a second-hand bookshop makes them almost worthless. With BookMooch (and LibraryThing and BookCrossing) I can see my books on my ‘shelf’ yes don’t have to move them when I move house. As a bonus the books go to people who want them.

    Sending overseas is usually the best for me. It costs $7-$8 to send overseas economy post, and sending 2 books means I can get 3 back.

  2. As in bring your kids and all play together? I think I was involved in several of these in my nannying days…

  3. No Natty, like what I did with Jim and Hugh. It’s similar to Kindergarden but run completely by parents – training, management etc. Everyone has to work on a roster. It’s great, not only is it (pretty much) free, but the parents are trained in different areas of child development, learning and play. So in the long run more informed parents, a solid network of support and childcare you can trust. Only not 9-5.

    Yeah, apparently it was set up by the mums during WWII, and I think Japan is the only country to have something similar.

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