This Sunday, November 16, I will be giving the platform talk at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. The platform begins at 11am and ends at 12:30pm. I will be speaking for 20 or so minutes, and then taking questions.
Indie folk rocker Kelly Fragale will sing for us.
The title of my talk is the same as the title of this site: “The Brooklyn Gift Circle: An Experiment in Sacred Economics.”
Here’s the blurb:
“Our economy’s infinite growth myth demands that we trade life’s joys and wonders for a metastasizing array of commodities. The Brooklyn Gift Circle, sponsored by our Ethical Living Committee, invites us to join a flow of generosity that meets needs without money. For example: I edit your novel, you care for his cat, he lends her his lathe, she makes me a chair. In this flow, we come to rely on each other. Helen Zuman will discuss the Circle’s beginnings and context, what it’s revealed about gifts and community, and how life might change if our economy held everything sacred.”
If you’ve yet to join us for a Gift Circle, this is a great opportunity to gain additional context. If you’ve already participated, you might enjoy taking some time to reflect on the experience.
The platform will be followed by a potluck lunch in BSEC’s beautiful sun room. All are welcome.