Own It Economics is a life recalibration, where you become a net-giver, not a net-taker.
Modern manufacturing processes do not restore the Earth as it uses resources and people are often exploited through egregious labor practices, including slavery. This means you get an unasked-for discount with everything you buy.
When you Own It you take stock of what you want to buy and maybe even choose to. When you do buy and live your life, you give back what things would have cost if they were made right the first time, including your home and businesses (think reforestation and eco-system restoration).
Scared you'll be spending more? You should be. But you'll only be spending more on what you truly choose to buy, which is often of better quality and last longer. Chances are you're going to save more than you do now, like those who've given it a go.
What if you don't save, but spend the same? Well, wouldn't it be great to spend the same amount of money you do now and know in your bones that you're making the world better than it would be if you weren't here? That's a paradigm shift from how most feel like they're a scourge upon the Earth who deserve to be kicked off. It's not the humans, it's how we're currently human-ing.
What if (unknown happening, but let's go there), you spend more?
Owning It and giving back to restore the planet for what you put into motion with your daily life is good for you. It taps into the reward center of your brain so dopamine is released. This has far reaching effects on your mood, your health, and even your wealth. Being healthier means a life better lived, with fewer medical issues, and a better retirement. There are piles of peer reviewed research that prove how giving is good for you. You could search it on the web. You could write and ask me for a draft of my paper (can't find the final (!) ) from grad school.
But why get all formal about this? Don't you easily remember how good it felt to give something to someone? Now imagine that feeling on a regular basis. How could you not walk around with more of a spring in your step?
Hey there, I'm Beth Craig and I've been giving back for going on eight years and it's impacted my life so profoundly, I'm still talking it up. I'm in grad school now and working full-time so I don't have as much room to post as often and teach and write, but I'm still into it and happy to chat about any of it. Just contact me :)
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