Some people think they don’t go to enough events.
Some people think they don’t go to the right events.
I think that we don’t go to enough of the right events.
I have worked out what makes a great event.
They are events built around The Generosity Economy.
If you’ve not heard of The Generosity Economy it is not surprising.
Because I made it up.
(At least I thought I made it up. Until I searched for ‘The Generosity Economy’ on Google and found it all over the bloody place. But as there are several similar but different definitions of what the Generosity Economy actually is. I am going to make a definition up of my own. Here goes…)
The Generosity Economy is an environment where all people try to help each other out as much as possible. And give value to other people wherever and whenever they can.
As opposed to the economic model where people try to help themselves as much as possible. And get something of value from other people wherever and whenever they can.
The two events I’ve been to where The Generosity Economy is most prevalent are:
Both are annual events.
They’re of different sizes.
And in different locations.
Yet both have a similar ‘buzz’ around generosity.
Many of the conversations at these places start with (something around) what I can do for you.
And not what can you do for me.
The few that try to sell – stand out.
And not in a good way.
Today is an Event.
Anyhow, if you like, you can treat today as an event like The Do Lectures or Newcastle Startup Week.
You can just do it.
If you want.
So, who will you help?
What will you give today – for free?
For nothing in return.
I hope it’s something.
Oh, and there’s a PS.
If you do become a part of this Generosity Economy.
At least two things happen.
- It’s viral. You will encourage others to be generous to others too. Good breeds good.
- You feel great. When you help someone. Expecting nothing back. You just do.
So I hope you give it a go.