• "We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living."

    - R. Buckminster Fuller

  • Show Me The Money

     

       
    1. Experiments

      Show off your skills!

      25 ways to make 100 euros.

      100 EUR is nothing. It is piece of paper.

       

      Nothing happens before you commit first. The Universe is not going to give you 100 EUR before you decide to do the training. How do you commit? You commit by becoming the decision that you are coming to the training, it is not in your mind. You become the decision. If you were the Universe, would you give 100 EUR to someone before they were committed? No.

       

      The way to remind yourself that you are committed is to put a hair band or a rubber band on one wrist and each time you see the rubber band you remember your commitment and put the rubber band on your other wrist. Then you have to open doors for the Universe to give you 100 EUR.

      1. Think of anybody who owes you money, call them up and tell them you need them now

      2. Sell clothes on Facebook or Ebay.

      3. If you have a stamp collection, or coin collection, just walk in the shop and they will buy it from you.

      4. Sit on the floor in a mall with ripped clothes and makeup that looks like you have been bruised or kicked and put a tin can and a sign “I am not a beggar, please give me money”

      5. Go to the people in your neighborhood, and tell them you walk dog : 3 EUR for 45 min, walk 5 dogs, do that 7 time, you have more than 100 EUR.

      6. If you play a musical instrument or sing, make a CD, print out 30, sell them for 5 EUR a piece and sell them where you sing or play your instrument.

      7. Present the training and how it will transform your life in your school, university or at a meeting and ask people to give you 5 EUR to support your inner transformation.

      8. Go to a retirement home and with a white sheets, towels, and oil massage. Say you will do 1h30 rejuvenating massage for 20 EUR, would anyone like a rejuvenating massage?

      9. If you have chickens, fill an egg box and sell fresh organic home grown eggs to your neighbors for 5 EUR.

      10. Go to a horse/ animal farm and fill up ten sack of composted animal manure and sell them for 10EUR a piece to people who are ready to start their spring garden.

      11. Make warm organic tea or warm apple cider, put it in a thermos, go to a touristic place and sell it for 2 EUR a cup.

      12. Go around to the neighbors and tell them you are collecting thing to sell at a flea market to go to this adulthood initiation training and sell them at the flea market.

      13. If you are handy, go around knocking door to door and them you are making money for this adulthood initiation training and tell them you can paint, rack the garden, babysit, cook a tasty meal, pull weed or trim trees, clean windows, chop and stalk wood for 10 EUR/h.

      14. If you are computer friendly, ask around your neighborhood, friend, family, and tell them that you will do data entry, or reorganise their email box for 10 EUR/h.

      15. I am sure you need somebody you need a website, build them a beautiful personalised Strikingly website, for a 100 EUR.

      16. Bake chocolate chip cookies and have a bake sell at school, university, or at a busy place in town. Sell them for 2 EUR.

      17. Go online, learn 5 card tricks. Dress up. Put a box in a train station, in a mall. Do your tricks. Put a hat for donations.

      18. Put up a chair in a mall. Put up a sign “in 5 min, I give you 3 different possibilities for any problem you have”. Then be the space through which the Bright Principle of Possibility can do it’s work.

      19. Save the 3 EUR you were going to spend on a beer and create a different possible intimate space to share with your friends.

      20. Stop smoking, stop drinking, and put that money in an envelope. Every time you want to smoke or drink, do 50 push-up and ask people for hugs.

      21. Create a online crowdfunding for this adulthood initiation training, and ask your friends, family and love one to support you in your inner transformation.

      22. Call your relatives and ask for your birthday present early in cash so that you can use it for this adulthood initiation training.

      23. Dress up like a pirate, a superhero or a sorceress, or an indian. Offer face painting for children when their parents are shopping or having coffee in the shopping zone, with sparkles, feathers or ruban in their hairs for 5 EUR.

      24. EVERY TIME a voice says “I can’t you do it” “I will never make it” “I am not good enough” put 1 EUR in a jar.

      25. Take people on a nature tour where they can taste edible weeds, plants, such as dandelion for 10 EUR for 3 hours tour. Bring 10 people at the same time.


      For extra cash: Give a 3 hour workshop on Being Happy at the local bookstore, or at school for 10 EUR. Do exercises from Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings where people can do exercises in pair to express their feelings and experience being heard.

      12 ways to create the money for your Path to Adulthood (around 1000 euros) in a few months.

      Before reading the list below, prepare yourself with these three actions:

      First, label a big glass jar “Path to Adulthood”. Do not take money out for anything except for your Path to Adulthood.

      Now is the only time you can put money in your jar. Put a dollar/euro of you own money into the jar now.

      Yes, it is true: whatever money you put in the jar is no longer available for cigarettes, cokes, ice-cream, restaurant meals, movies with your girlfriend, or that new pair of shoes. But each time you put more money into your jar you prove wrong the story that you don’t have any money for your Path to Adulthood. Look at your jar. You ALREADY have money for your Path to Adulthood in the jar! Is it enough money? Do not count how much money is in your jar for two months! Just keep bringing in the money for your Path to Adulthood.

       

      Second, choose one of those 12 experiments and pick an exact date that is 4 to 6 months in the future to begin the experiment choosen. Commit to that experiment. Tell your friends, tell your boss, wherever you are going tell them that no matter what you are coming to them on that date exactly.

       

      Third, circle #1 plus four more plans in the list below and start doing all 5 of them simultaneously. Don’t be concerned if you are not good enough to do them, or if you don’t know how to do them, or if you feel too embarrassed to do them, or if while you are trying to do them the details morph into another set of actions, so long as you keep using what you learn to improve your “sourcerer” or “sourceress” skills, and you keep taking actions to get your money together for your Path to Adulthood.

       

       

      1. Open the list of Possibility Teams. Choose one. Call up the spaceholder and arrange to attend their Possibility Team. If you find a team that is inactive, ask the spaceholder to call together a special meeting just for you. If there is no Possibility Team that you can attend, get 5 or 6 friends together and have your own Possibility Team meeting. During the check-in (of whichever Possibility Team it is: yours or someone else’s) tell people that you have committed to go on your Path to Adulthood, and that you came to the Possibility Team for this reason: “Please give me possibilities for getting together the $1000 for going on the Path of Adulthood.” Then clearly write down every idea they tell you, especially if you do not understand it or do not agree with it. Then ask if one person at this meeting is willing to be your mentor during the process of getting the money together. Call or meet with your mentor once every week to get more courage for doing whatever it takes to get the money together to go on your Path to Adulthood.
      2. Tell each person you come into contact with, including colleagues, neighbors, and your boss, that you have committed to go on your Path to Adulthood. If they ask you what that is, you can say, “Ask me afterwards!” If they ask why you are doing this, you can say something like, “Life is an adventure!” or “The future is unknown and human potential is so amazing, isn’t it?” or “Do you want to come with me?” Then say, “Just before I go I am going to have a celebration at my house (tell them the date and time). I am getting the money together for the whole thing now. Will you donate $10 or $20 towards this?” Put the money in the jar. Also be sure to have the party!
      3. Go through everything you own in your closets, the garage, the basement, the attic. Anything you have not touched in a year, take a photo of it and put it up for sale on eBay. Especially the little things. There are so many people out there collecting Star Wars mementos, baseball cards, coins, stamps, souvenirs from Mexico, old ice skates, or small sized penguins. Do not try to get top dollar for your stuff. Just get rid of it. Once you figure out how to sell things on eBay, tell other people you will sell their stuff for them on eBay if you can keep half the money. Immediately convert your PayPal money into cash and put it in the jar!
      4. Set up a chair on a busy street corner or the shopping zone of your town. Stand on the chair holding a sign that says, “Laughing Lessons $1”. As soon as someone gives you their attention, get off the chair and have them come stand on the chair. When they are up there, give them the sign to hold. They will laugh. Then tell them exactly every detail about how you got them up on the chair to laugh, and then have them practice what they just learned about holding space, making contact, asking nonlinear questions, etc. to get the next person up on the chair laughing.
      5. Go door to door in your neighborhood and ask people: “Is there anything I can do for you right now in exchange for you donating $5 towards a project that expands young people’s awareness and increases their ability to take positive actions that create a better future for humanity?” Many people, if they think about it for a moment, have light bulbs that need changing, a compost pile that needs turning over, a hedge that needs trimmed, something moved in their garage, a refrigerator that needs washing, a dog that needs to be walked, windows that need cleaning, or rain gutters that need to be cleaned out. When they feel the enthusiasm and joy you put into creating positive change they will be happy to donate $5. Put the money in your jar!
      6. Start a crowd-funding project online at www.kickstarter.com, www.ecocrowd.com, www.indiegogo.com, or, google “crowd-funding” and choose from the many that are now available. Select the kind of crowd-funding program where either you reach your goal and get the full $1000 or you get nothing. Do not choose the kind where you get whatever people give – this takes the spirit of excitement out of crowd-funding and changes it into begging. Begging is super (see #7 below) but it is not crowd-funding. Don’t confuse the two. Get a couple friends together to help you develop your list of perks for the various levels of contribution. Your friends have a different sense of your value than you do, and probably they are right. Make the perks so juicy and universal that nobody can resist supporting your project. Paint the big picture of what is happening in the world and what your contribution is to creating a brighter future for humanity on Earth. Tell people who you are really, to a depth that you’ve never revealed it before. Surprise yourself with your vulnerability. If you reach your goal, celebrate everywhere, and be meticulous and impeccable with delivering each and every perk.
      7. Prepare yourself to go begging. There are many ways to present yourself as a beggar: dress up to look as startling or horrible as possible (with ripped clothing, bruises and bandages with fake blood, etc.). Bring a decrepit container for money such as a dirty paper cup, an old shoe, a cut-off plastic water bottle, or a hollowed-out watermelon. You may want to bring a scrap of cardboard with words written on it, but do not give false information. Do not lie. Write something like, “Your donations will help me activate my archetypal lineage,” or, “… will help me upgrade human thoughtware,” or, “…will help me create a bright future for humanity.” Look people directly in the eye and connect with them. Enjoy the connection while staying in your character. When someone stops in front of you, compliment them, speaking words of deep appreciation for their specific qualities of being. If the police ask you to leave, obey silently and immediately. Put the money in your jar!
      8. Go to your boss at work and say, “If I can tell you a way to save the company $10,000 in 3 months, and we implement the plan and it works, will you give me 10% of the money we save?” If the boss says, “Yes,” write the deal down on paper and both sign it. Then get 4 or 5 friends together for an evening around the kitchen table at your house, people who do not work at the same company. Give them papers, writing materials and coffee. Brainstorm ways your company could save $10,000 in less than 3 months. The trick is to go into a Generative Phase by establishing a creative sanctuary in which you write down every idea that is said and stop anyone from judging or criticizing ideas. Doesn’t matter how stupid the ideas are or if you already tried it 100 times before. Add on to ideas, even crazy ideas. Go sideways and nonlinear. Then for the last 20 minutes, switch from the Generative Phase to the Analytical Phase where you pull out your Sword-of-Practicality and select the best 3 proposals that you can implement with your boss. Tell your boss that you will manage the project for her. Put the money in your jar!
      9. Have an extra birthday party now because… “When I was 17 years old I forgot to have a birthday party and now it is time!” Invite as many people as possible, people you would normally never invite, especially invite your “enemies” – defined as anyone who when you scan them from a distance you feel that there is some kind of charge or story between you. Invite people to dress as they did when they were 17 years old, and to bring their favorite teen-songs as MP3 files to dance to. Tell people that you are saving up for a “wild-ass fun adventure” that will transform your life and that for birthday presents could they please only bring you cash. Put the money in your jar!
      10. Start a tutoring job on the side. For example, put signs up around town that you teach conversational and business English for small groups of people wanting to get better jobs. Charge a middle to low fee per hour, like $8 per one-hour class. Limit class size to 6 people. A full class means $48 per hour for you. Teach two classes per week and in less than 3 months you have your $1000. Run your class no matter how many people come. Keep it exciting and experiential, not intellectual. Keep people talking English from the first minute they arrive, properly greeting each other with, “Hello Dr. Sonners.” “How are you today Miss Spring? Are you enjoying global warming weather changes?” But also sing with them in English, read English subtitles out loud together while watching Hollywood or Bollywood films, do movement poems like Patty cake. Patty cake. Baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Never let students be able to predict what will occur next at your conversation classes. Get them into pairs and have each one ask the other: What is the thing you’ve done in your life that you are most proud of? Most ashamed of? What is the scariest ghost story you know? What do you feel when you see a policeman? Why? What do you think about God? When you die, what will people say about you? Have the Asians pair up with the Mexicans teach them how to eat with chopsticks. Have the Mexicans show the Asians how to make tortillas. Have them write poems in English that start and end with the same line, a sentence about their childhood, such as: “I never knew who my father would be when he came home.” Have people read their poems out loud. Don’t let people use any curse words. Instead teach them to say, “Pickle!” Use exercises from Directing the Power of Conscious Feelings to practice conversing. Have them read SPARKs out loud in pairs while giving each other feedback and coaching about pronunciation. Have them give 3 minute improvised speeches about topics written on scraps of paper they pick from a hat. Here and there you can teach them the 10 most common mistakes foreigners make while learning to speak English. Put the money the jar!
      11. Set up a small booth at a fair or festival or a Farmer’s Market with a sign that says Next Culture Career Shift Consultant. The idea is that careers such as lawyer, doctor, schoolteacher, businessman, senator, nurse, etc. defined by modern culture fit last century’s patterns of training citizens to fit into a capitalist patriarchal empire. This makes sense if the empire is in its expansion phase and environmental conditions are stable. Neither of these conditions are true anymore. The empire has entered its collapsing phase and environmental conditions are rapidly degrading. The service you offer is to engage the very real conversation with people of them shifting to a more realistic career. You can start by asking, What kind of work do you do? Then ask: Do you love your work? Would you continue to do your job if you were not getting paid for it? (If the answer is “No” they do not love their work.) What kind of work do you think you would really love to do? Spend a couple minutes appreciating their qualities of being while making notes for yourself. Then help them formulate these true service skills in the framework and language of next culture. Here are some examples: Guardian of the Diversity of Species, Healer of the Soil, Communicator and Ambassador for the Nature Beings, Sourceress, Kaitiakitanga, Designer for Earth Centered Cultures (rather than profit oriented), Agent for 7 Generation Thinking, Possibility Alchemist, Four Body Geomant, Speaker for the Dead, Defender of the Laws of Nature, Gaian Agent, and so on. Then help them plan out the first three steps they would need to take to shift from their current modern-culture occupation to a next-culture career path. The first three steps will certainly include some kind of education about what else is possible, such as studying some of the books from Next Culture Press. It may also include attending gatherings with people who are already engaged in next-culture lives, such as ecovillage summer programs, alternative music and dance festivals, intentional community seminars, transition town open days, and the many projects with websites, online webinars, videos, and training programs. Listen more than you talk, but do not allow the space to go longer than half-an-hour (most conversations will be 15-20 minutes), and especially do not let them use you as an emotional garbage can for victim stories and complaining about their troubles. Make this a real career-shift consultation. The fee for your service is by donation, that is, people can give whatever they feel your consultation was worth to them as an energy exchange. Put the money in your jar!
      12. Figure out other linear and nonlinear ways that use your hidden gifts and talents to serve others while creating the thousand bucks for your next training. The first ten people who tell me ideas that worked for you that I am turned on by and add to this list I will add $100 to your jar! Please send your strategies to clinton at next culture dot org. I can’t wait to hear from you!