Comments on: Give It All Away: Part I Thu, 26 Sep 2013 04:22:01 +0000 hourly 1 By: admin Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:23:04 +0000 Simon, thanks so much for your thoughts. This post is just a beginning in my exploration of what generosity means to me. I do hope to touch more on the idea of a gift as a burden (or feeling a debt in giving) as well as willingness to receive gifts (something that I’m not that great at, personally).

I too love being surprised by how willing people are able to give in casual commerce – maybe this is why I find garage sales, craigslist, freecycle so pleasurable.

By: Sharon Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:15:18 +0000 I love this. I think it is important to be able to receive too… you can’t have one without the other!

By: Simon Firth Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:08:56 +0000 A few random thoughts:
You can give it, but does the giftee want it? i.e. How do you prevent a gift from being a burden?
Does generosity embrace a willingness to receive as well as to give?
Gifting to a specific person is very different from offering a gift generally.
In trying to give particular things away, I’ve been surprised that people were willing to take them.
In trying to find things cheaply, I’ve been surprised that people were willing to give them.
In both the cases above, we used a gift exchange (freecycle).