pay it forward & then take it slow

I haven’t actually seen the movie Pay It Forward, in which a young boy comes up with a plan for direct action and encourages people to do 3 good things for other people, creating a “charity pyramid scheme,” but I’m intrigued by the concept. So when I saw that Eco Yogini was inviting readers to participate in a blog version of the pay it forward philosophy, of course I wanted to get involved. I love memes and virtual connectivity, and I love crafts and mail!

Here’s the lowdown:

  • I will make a handmade gift for the first three people who comment on this post.
  • I technically have 365 days to do this
  • What it will be and when it will arrive will be a total surprise

The catch for gift-receivers:

  • You must have a blog to participate
  • Before or after you comment here, you must do a write up of the pay it forward on your space and keep the “Good Karma” flowin’

You should know:

  • I love crafting! You will receive something unique and marvelous and most likely knitted!
  • I’m also a total procrastinator and leave everything til the last minute, so you might not receive it until November 2010

So if you want in, comment below! Be sure to include your email in the form (this will be private; only I, as the administrator, will have access to it) and I will follow up with a message.

These kinds of reciprocal actions are small, but I think they’re very powerful. Taking the time to make something and then mail it to somebody is a direct and active way to participate in the slow movement and craftivism. It’s also a way of engaging with “gift economy,” a grassroots alternative (based on social theories of traditional societies) to the dominant market economy where “valuable goods and services are regularly given without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards” (hmmm… sounds a lot like karma yoga, n’est-ce pas?).

And just in case you need more inspiration, check out this TED Talk with Carl Honoré, journalist and author of In Praise of Slow.

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  1. hi it’s all yoga, baby ~

    was feeling just a bit bummed about the 7-hour time difference between montreal and jerusalem….

    at 9:30 am here i saw your post on my facebook & thought “why is roseanne up so late?” then i thought “well, maybe i’ll check what she’s so on about” and now i’m psyched because the time difference might actually work in my favour!

    i loved (and brought with me to the holy land) the wristwarmers you knit for me for our final ascent xmas gig. they totally rock. now it may be that a second roseanne craftivism enters my life. thus the immediate write back.

    my blog is Venus’ Kitchen http://venuskitchen.blogspot.com/
    your invitation also means that i will update it with new recipes, insights about the food and spiritual nourishment here in the middle east, and also about gifting and other such heart-felt exchanges.

    let me know if i’m da big winner!
    and if not, you’ve kicked my ass in yoga gear to re-visit Venus’ Kitchen,

    shalom shalom,
    vanessa
    xoxo

  2. I’m in. What a great deal.

    Now I’m glad I couldn’t sleep tonight and got up to blog.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

  3. awesome! so glad you’re wanting to participate. I really like the positive-ness of this whole concept, especially around xmas season.

    Can’t wait to check out your link (after work!) 🙂

    and you’re a crafter? the pressure is ON lol

  4. This is so fabulous, Roseanne!
    I want to make you something as well as for my three commenters!
    Here is my write-up:
    http://americaninmontreal.blogspot.com/2009/12/pay-it-forward-handcrafted-gift.html

  5. okay, yay!
    congrats vanessa, bob and hannah ~ you will all be receiving a handcrafted prezzie from me sometime in the next 12 months! i’m excited that this little challenge has prompted two of you to resurrect dormant blogs (looking forward to your jerusalem dispatches, vanessa!). and thanks to ecoyogini for instigating this!

  6. Hi Roseanne,

    I’m a silent lurker. I just wanted to tell you how much I love this idea and although I do not have a blog I am trying to figure out a way to pull this off on my own. Good luck and I hope to hear some updates eventually.

    Ilaini

    • thanks for stopping by, ilaini! i’m so glad to hear that you love this idea, too! feel free to drop in anytime.