We Are Change Exclusive: Inside Look At Contributionism

In this video Alec Cope interviews Rafi a revolutionary spearheading the growing Contributionism movement. Rafi describes how he operates as business owner and how Contributionism has made an impact to him and his community so far.

Special thanks to Elina St. Onge for making this video possible

Via We Are Change

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  • dd1976

    I have to say this concept as well as Rafi’s philosophy is incredible!

    Perhaps there should be two prices on every article or service we purchase just to give consumers perspective. I worked at a business in which our service fee was built into the price as per industry standard. I would be very open to clients about that and almost all would be fine, they knew we didn’t receive commission from the other companies so we had to make something to keep the business open. In fact I would frequently work all day for days for a client and we would only make $ 10-20. Yet, a percentage of clients still thought that was too high. In fact, one client too the business to small claims court because even though he agreed to the price and purchased the item, when he found out about our ten dollar service fee that was included in the price he flipped out…he lost…after a year of non stop bullshit and wasted energy over $10.That was a little family owned business which finally closed down last May and I was laid off.

    People want the cheapest of the cheap and still don’t want to pay…things and people are so disposable now….just like the lady with the pair of shoes. She spent $40ish dollars on the shoes and now it would cost $30ish dollars to repair….she only wants to pay a sliver over cost. Could it be that those shoes were grossly undervalued when purchased? Someone probably paid the workers of those shoes a dollar a day to make them so you could purchase them for forty bucks, and don’t forget the carbon imprint to get them here, and the materials etc. But because the shoes were soo “cheap” you would rather throw them out and purchase another pair with the same attached exploitation and environmental impact (or perhaps even worse) than pay this incredible human being a decent price for his services. Perhaps there should be two costs listed on every Wallmart item. This approach could make people become more aware of what they are purchasing and at what “price”. A great film on the consequences of throw away consumerism is “Manufactured Landscapes”.

    I am so inspired by Rafi. His outlook is very reminiscent of one of Buddhism’s Eight Fold Path…”Right Livelihood”. He’s given me a lot to think about, he’s incredibly enlightened.

  • Akarin Tarin Raven

    This guy and his way of thinking really brightened up my day. Awesome interview and respect to him!

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