INSIDE #BRIGHTLIVELIHOOD :: RAISING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS, CHANGEMAKERS & ACTIVISTS

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Obviously the current global economy is a reflection of board rooms without mothers & children: a kind of vacant leadership that's left their beloveds in search of their fortune. And now there is such movement around "The New Economy." I've long rejected this phrase, which is mostly useful for it's ability to point us away from the crises, & towards better language & wide awake ways - and there are so, so many. 

I adore the language, & pretty much everything, actually, about the Evolving & Emerging Economies Jam. There are so many ancient, exquisite & sustainable forms of exchange evolving (like sisterly potlucks where someone gets $1k, for interest-free, trust-based loans, & local-business bartering), along with new, emergent technologies that do a few, simple, but mind boggling things, like dematerializing (think instagram: no film. no cameras. no paper. it's just an app!), demonetizing (think of the original facebook: it was free in all the ways), & democratizing (think uber: nearly anyone can become a driver & suddenly have a business. or air bnb: have room? have rental). We have every extreme of possible solutions, so it's an exciting time. At Jams, we create mini, week-long versions of the world we want to live in, by joining in small groups with diverse concerns & leadership, to unpack our life + work, & create deep, lasting relationships. Many of my closest friends & long-time collaborators were seeded in this expansive circle, 65 countries-deep. 

Inline with right practice, we bring our mothers & children to the board room table. Or rather, we meet outside. At the river, on the deck, under the trees, and at the food table. We bring our retreat into living economy conferences like BALLE & Bioneers. We learn from & present to the larger community. The mothers & fathers (alongside our brothers & sisters) work, often with the important tools of voice, strings + percussion. And the children are close. Isn't that delicious? Yes. Economy-building informed by the real needs of  many generations. Because we are all accountable to each other.

So...on raising wee world stewards, baby bioneers, & future founders:

I think the formula's pretty simple. Give them nature. Give them community. Then stand back & watch how they do it.  

first business: they take off. "slow down! come back? goodbye, guys."

first business: they take off. "slow down! come back? goodbye, guys."

they made nests of fallen lichen + love as offerings

they made nests of fallen lichen + love as offerings

they inspected rock bottoms for snail & frog eggs...

they inspected rock bottoms for snail & frog eggs...

...and debated the ethics of bringing them home...

they explored lifecycles, & the needs of each species. they captured & shot wildlife - with their cameras. 

they explored lifecycles, & the needs of each species. they captured & shot wildlife - with their cameras. 

they played with shadow, made rock cairns, gathered & sniffed bouquets of pennyroyal, + other luscious bankweeds.

they played with shadow, made rock cairns, gathered & sniffed bouquets of pennyroyal, + other luscious bankweeds.

they found tools. and began planning in itty bitty community.

they found tools. and began planning in itty bitty community.

they reminded me that nature is first nature, & walked right into all of it.

they reminded me that nature is first nature, & walked right into all of it.

they took over the tea bar & savored every second of break time.

they took over the tea bar & savored every second of break time.

they dipped their toes into a thriving ecology. 

they dipped their toes into a thriving ecology. 

they listened to the mysterious rush, then roar, as a doe & buck made their way down the cliff.

they listened to the mysterious rush, then roar, as a doe & buck made their way down the cliff.

they dipped nets to catch fish, which, in my mind, is a birthright, right?

they dipped nets to catch fish, which, in my mind, is a birthright, right?

they owned the path. because we were all born On Purpose.

they owned the path. because we were all born On Purpose.

they shared living discoveries

they shared living discoveries

they did some things they weren't really "supposed" to do. and celebrated it.

they did some things they weren't really "supposed" to do. and celebrated it.

they formed, & then stormed, as humans like to do.

they formed, & then stormed, as humans like to do.

and together, they made home.

and together, they made home.

Sure, there's no guarantees. Entrepreneurs, for certain, have  specific DNA that loves risks & rewards. But, the new leadership isn't given by individual rewards & personal drive. We are remembering how to be together, & to build initiatives where the most important product is the well-being of the community landscape. Give them a dedicated gathering, & they definitely show up. I know for myself that I am changed.

Watch this space, as I bring you stories of the Jamily, & other examples of {b}right livelihood. 

Inspired by the ones that still act like themselves. 

Loki, Mari, Siddhi, Bodhi, Kingston, Nia, Mekhi, Ani & Lake. Sigh. You guys. Are just so awesome.

And dedicated to the mamas that trusted me to stay close. Thank you, Nika, Chinyere & Ruth! I just love them. 

xx, Maya


Maya Hackett  

Curious. Grateful. Delighted. Pollinator.
  Moves towards life, beauty, magic. Head on Earth, listening for what's needed. Transforms, sharing your light offline, at impossible speeds. Home birthing, urban*steading, unschooled mom of four. Fashion stylist, publisher. Fundraiser, multi-founder. Legacy Architect. Sleeps in the sea, for clarity + support. Gratefully collects minute bits of grace, spins it out as community caramel. With blessed help of thousands, On Purpose.

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