My first behavioural challenge is to live without money for a week.
I will start from tomorrow,Saturday 27th November, International Buy Nothing Day 2010. http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/
Why, i hear you ask?
Well, its simple really. I want to question the common idea that money and economic growth should be the focus of society's efforts. By living without money, I will be freed up to focus on the truly important things in life; such as friends, family, time, music, food.
The existence of money enables unethical consumption. Like the moneyless man, Mark Boyle http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/blog-3854~in-your-name?, I believe that money creates distance between consumers and producers, and that it is easy for corruption to exist within this gap. It is difficult to make more ethical decisions when you're not confronted face to face with the effects of your decisions. For example, it is all too easy to go and buy something cheap in Primark without thinking too much about where your purchases have come from. However, would it be so easy to buy something if on going into the shop, you were confronted with children sewing all of your clothes together, for a pitiful wage and in awful working conditions?
The existence of money and oil allows long unsustainable production lines to exist, where consumers are far removed from the consequences of their purchases.
So how will I be living without money for a week?
For food, I will be either eating freegan food, or using up what's left in my cupboards.
In relation to shelter, I will continue to live in my current residence- a community centre where i volunteer my time and energy in exchange for rent.
In terms of travel, I will be going everywhere by foot or bike.
So, as of tomorrow, let the moneyless adventures begin!