Shared Values

The Moneyless Society enacts a new way of doing things. For that reason, it is helpful to compare our desired values against the values currently guiding our society and how those values influence our behaviors.

As such, we have formatted each of these values in this way: 

The value guiding our society today → The new shared value we aim to achieve

This format also provides clarity on behaviors that do and do not support our shared values.

Under each value we are abandoning, you will find corresponding agreements and behaviors that have historically contributed to our current dystopian social trend.

Under each value we are embracing, you will find corresponding agreements and behaviors which express the standard by which we hope every MOSO member strives to show up in the movement. 

It is essential to remember that our organization does not consider one value bad and one value good. We strive to operate in a feedback loop—which means we take behaviors and circumstances as they are, and use every experience to learn and enhance our approach. 

We lean into pain points; we offer a supportive and safe space to heal the trauma induced by our current system of separation and introduce a new way of doing things.

Hyper-Individualism → Interdependence

From a value of hyper-individualism, we:From a value of interdependence, we:
– Continually focus on how I am compared to someone else

– Assume that my goal is different than your goal

– Assume that my needs are different than yours

– Accumulate and possess

– Treat Earth like an infinite resource

– Idolize the individual
– Continually focus on how each individual’s contribution is valuable in its own right

– Assume that my goal can be aligned with your goal

– Assume that our needs overlap

– Share and relate

– Recognize our relationship with Earth

– Value everyone in the community

Competition → Collaboration

From a value of competition, we:From a value of collaboration, we:
– Compete with each other out of self preservation

– Consider difference a threat

– Blame individuals for failure

– Punish mistakes

– Assume scarcity
– Collaborate out of a desire for sustainability

– Consider difference an opportunity

– Address systemic roots of failure

– Learn from mistakes

– Discover abundance

Privatization → Transparency

From a value of privatization, we:From a value of transparency, we:
– Avoid accountability

– Hoard resources

– Force scarcity

– Cover up mistakes

– Are incentivized to lie

– Create echo chambers

– Provoke deeper individualism

– Protect trade secrets
– Take accountability

– Open up access to resources

– Catalyze abundance

– Admit when we are wrong

– Are incentivized to tell the truth

– Earnestly seek & integrate feedback

– Grow relationships and trust

– Show our work

Hierarchy → Sociocracy

From a value of hierarchy, we:From a value of sociocracy, we:
– Uphold colonial mindsets

– Enforce superiority

– Oppress minority groups and perspectives

– Dominate & devalue each other

– Centralize power and decision-making

– Promote authoritarianism

– Incentivize greed and profit

– Punish dissent

– Require inequality

– Mistrust equity
– Decolonize our minds

– Create harmony

– Respect each other’s perspectives and needs

– Prioritize partnership & collaboration

– Empower the community with civic tools

– Require consensus

– Incentivize sharing and people

– Seek consent

– Operationalize equality

– Embrace equity

Rigidity → Fluidity

Under a value of rigidity we:Under a value of fluidity we:
– Try to control outcomes

– Maintain outdated habits

– Remain closed off

– Whitewash

– Become redundant

– Trust convention

– Stagnate
– Allow for natural growth and change

– Evaluate our habits regularly

– Commit to being open-minded

– Value diversity

– Add unique value

– Trust intuition

– Act on what is alive in us

Extraction → Regeneration

Under a value of extraction we:Under a value of regeneration we:
– Deplete the earth’s resources, ecosystems, and ourselves

– Exploit

– Grind and hustle

– Consume

– Focus on short term gain

– Abuse volunteer’s time & talent
– Restore the earth’s resources, ecosystems, and ourselves.

– Rejuvenate

– Relax and reflect

– Create

– Look ahead for future generations

– Give freely and value efforts

Dogma → Curiosity

Under a value of dogma we:Under a value of curiosity we:
– Exalt ideology

– Obey without question

– Ask no questions

– Disassociate from reality

– Blindly trust institutional authority
– Test hypotheses & ideas

– Act autonomously on our intentions

– Use our curiosity to learn

– Actively engage with reality

– Trust experience and knowledge