Transitions. I suppose we are always in a transition of some kind. Some are smaller, some larger. For some things the transition seems so slow that it takes effort and skill to notice the changes that are happening.
A book I read recently, called Sapiens, helped me understand two context awakening things:
- That when it comes to our planet and universe, the timescales of transition are hard to fathom in relation to a human lifespan.
- As humans we have the power and agency to change our systems, for better or worse.
For me I would like us to work incrementally towards changing our system from those that harm our species and ecosystem, to systems that work in harmony with them.
When it comes to our current economic system, it is clear that there are gaps: it is not working well for much of our species, with many people feeling disconnected, unwell, and excluded; and neither is it working well for our ecosystem, with signs of stress evident everywhere.
My guest for this week, Jodie Hampson, created Neeboz as a platform to enable a system of sharing resources that was an alternative to the current monetary economic system we find ourselves in.
While working as a community development worker she discovered that many of the people she worked to help were okay financially due to the welfare safety net, but emotionally and socially they suffered due to a sense of isolation, disconnection, and lake of opportunities to contribute.
Jodie realised they had skills and resources to offer, but there was no way to enable the connection of what they had to offer with those who needed it.
Jodie created her sharing economy platform to help addresses these issues. Allocating people points instead of money to use for trading services, and encouraging people to meet in person, Jodie has seen that this means of exchange can help unlock hidden resources, and bring people out of their isolation.
Talking about systems and economies is a favourite area of discussion for me, and Jodie is well-versed in these topics. I hope you enjoy our conversation.