Welcome. I initiated Giving is All we in 2011, through an insight I had on one of my travels: nature is unconditional. It doesn’t barter or negotiate. It just is. And so are we as human beings.
I decided to experiment living that premise. This became a magical journey. In 2011, I gave away a ticket to Lowlands Festival, one of the most popular festivals in the Netherlands. From one thing came another, and this act of generosity grew into a worldwide movement, promoting an economy of the unconditional heart. You can read all about it on this site.
Remember, we were in the heat of the financial crises. People were seeking answers to the challenges that came to surface. How do we want to live together? How do we give meaning to our lives? The simple and natural philosophy of giving spread contagiously both online as offline. Miracles seemed to happen. Our talks, philosophy and activities such as the Give Shop not only provided a beacon of hope, but also gave a starting point for action for thousands of people and organisations. One of our activities, the Give Shop, (which you can see in the video’s below) was designed to let people have a direct experience of giving and receiving.
The activities of Giving is All we Have discontinued in 2015. However, its premise is embedded in nature, never lost. I found that many still obtain inspiration from reading the posts on this site. For those willing to experiment with a new form of living and working, here you can read all about my personal story, Economics, Society, Self, Consciousness.
Click on the links below for some of the interviews & articles.
Give Shop interview with Michiel Veenstra – 3FM
The Heart wants to give. Lowlands (Dutch | EN), NRC Next
Geefeconomie. Het hart als uitgangspunt. Vier Magazine
A Gift Society stems from the Heart, Vier Magazine
Niet verkopen, maar gewoon geven (Dutch | EN )– De Stentor
Stand Up Inspiration Talk (Dutch), Toomler Amsterdam
TEDx talk Giving is All we Have – TEDx
Geven is het nieuwe ontvangen (Dutch Only)
Het einde van concurrentie – Management Team.nl
Putting Soul into the Economy, Volzin Magazine
De ziel moet terug in de Economie, Volzin Magazine
Wealth is something trivial (EN | NL) , Nyenrode University
Giving is All we Have, Helen den Held
Lowlands – Switzerland of Pop festivals (Dutch), NRC Next
How things evolved (Dutch only), NRC Next
Changing the mentality of businesses (Dutch only) , VPRO
In the daily newspaper (Dutch only) , NRC Next
Want to have a Lowlands ticket? (Dutch only) , NRC NexTh