Gift Economy: Paying It Forward for Good


Diagnosed with an unusual type of stomach cancer, Brice Royer started looking for ways to remove himself from the system he believed was making him sick and stumbled on the concept of the gift economy.

He discovered that many "gift economies" were rising around the world that exist to share everything from housing to food to transportation. He wrote about a blog post, opened a Facebook group and hundreds of people trickled in. An active member, Peter Endisch, gave Brice his 2000 minivan. The gift inspired Brice to provide rent for an ill woman for a year. Then, cruise was given away, a kayak, and more.

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