Below is a write up from Eri since I'm snailing with all my tasks! Lots more details I want to add so I will do that in the next few days. The link above has pictures and videos of me explaining my understanding of the gift ecology (starting from our breath), and an explanation about how this tour came about.
-----------below is my super organizer partner Eri Suzuki-------------
Updates and Invitation to participate on our Gift Ecology experiment!
It’s been two months since we embarked on this experimental project. Here are some updates on our gift ecology based “Life Transforming California permaculture tour.” In this project we are offering an experiential tour showcasing Bay Area’s leading models of urban permaculture, agroecology and concrete examples of life in the gift ecology.
Here are some updates and reflection so far from Eri.
We received over 40 applications and we have selected 12 participants!
It’s been quite exciting but also challenge to make this a reality. I’ve been learning what it really means to make the tour as a gift and what it takes to make this a successful project.
I participated at Karma Kitchen and here is what I’ve learned as a key. The most important thing is to cultivate the sense of abundance. A gift becomes the true gift when it is given without expectations and this shift the mentality from transaction and what is exchanged no longer becomes a commodity. The receivers of the gifts are then moved to pay forward the gifts that they have received, and this is how the community of gifts spreads.
My experience with Karma kitchen made me want to make our tour to be the trigger of the ripple effects of gift community in Japan. The Karma kitchen started with the group of people who believed in the vision and contributed in the way then can providing resources like initial funding, ingredients for food, location for the restaurant, and man power for cooking, and serving etc. and the cycle of gifts all started.
This tour is at this first stage for the cycle of gifts! It’s been incredible how much support and encouraging word I have received from people that I shared the story with. I have been learning so much through this experience and I wish to share this experience with others. I would like too invite people to join in so we can all feel the sense of abundance we can create together in resources and in capital (both monetary and socially).
It was so inspiring for me to see people approaching us offering a support. For me, getting more and more people coming to us offering help is the proof of the power of gift ecology. Through this attempts, we are creating an ecosystem of support. I am so grateful and excited to share this experience with them.
In this perfect timing, a wonderful support came from Rie in Japan.
Here are some messages from her to invite more people to join her!
Hi, this is Rie. I am starting to support the operation in Japan. Here is a little about me and the reason why I wanted to join to support.
I work for a company in Tokyo. Whenever I interact with young people lately, I feel they have so much potential but no energy. I think it may be due to some distrust to the society and the inter-generational conflicts that became more pronounced in Japan after the earthquake and increased unemployment. Whatever the reason may be, I want them to have more hope and create the world they want to live. As a way to start supporting this vision, I decided to help this tour.
I have received many gifts in my life. I am in contact with Kai and Eri who have the wonderful vision and courageously putting it into action. Having to work with them itself is a gift for me. To connect with others and create a future together is a wonderful gift. Whether you give or receive, it is a gift of exciting experience regardless of the involvement. Come join me to the world of gift!
The gifts offered to us so far
＊Kai: Community building in Japan, desing and coordinate tour, interpreting, providing workshop during the tour
＊Eri: Community building in Bay area, communication in Japan and Bay area, tour arrangement, interpreting, translating,
＊Rie: Tour operational support in Japan, communication in Japan
＊Pancho and Sam: East Bay accomodation and guide
＊Ayako: East Bay accomodation
＊Bonnie, Allison, Wakana: East Bay guide
＊Wakana, Yuka, Bill: East Bay meals
Our Needs: Costs to cover
$50 per nights ×3 nights ×14people
$90× 2 mini van ×10 days
For tour guide
$100 per person per day x 6
Flight for Kai
- Eri and Kai are working to get accommodation from friends, many started to offer to be the guide as a gift and we are looking for innovative ways to reduce our cost.
Three of us have worked really hard and enjoyed the process to meet the challenge to practice gift ecology. We are inviting more people to join this trial as a gift supporter!
We are mainly looking for a support in Japan but wherever you are, if you wish to contribute, please let us know.
Please fill in the following form if you want to join us as a supporter.
① Funding support
For those who wish to support the tour and the gift ecology project beyond the tour, please let us know. Those in Japan can deposit the money in the following account. Please send us your message, too!
From Yucho bank:
From the bank other than Yucho bank
■Code for bank type
② Operational support → Starting with running the tour and other projects beyond
No needs for professional experience if you have a heart to help! But if you have any, please let us know if you have any area of expertise that you want to contribute.
③ Program/Project support → Starting the tour, we would like to spread the community of gift ecology. If you like to go for the journey for the gift world in hosting the event for us, in PR, in support for event planning and management, please let us know!
For questions, please contact us here (to Rie) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much!!!