Sustainable Book Club no.5 – The Moneyless Manifesto by Mark Boyle!
I read the Moneyless Manifesto quite a while ago and blogged about it here and here. At the time the book had quite an effect on me. It really put me off money! I could relate to a lot of it, but had a lot of questions at the end:
- How did Mark eat for free? I don’t think it explains it fully in the book – is it really possible to pay nothing for food for a whole year?
- What (if any) practical advice can/ will you take from this book?
- Would you consider going for an extended period of time without spending any money be it for a week, a month or even a year? If yes, why and how and if no – why not?
- What is your attitude to giving – how often and what types of things do you give e.g. gifts, volunteering etc? How does it make you feel? Is it of benefit to you?
- Can an economic system that relies on money ever be sustainable?
- Is stockpiling money for future needs selfish or sensible?
- What would a localised gift economy look like and would a gift economy really work in practise?
- If we all abandoned money, what would happen to public and private products and services, like healthcare, the internet and clean water?
- If you could ask the author one question what would it be?
- Would you recommend this book to a friend?