economic conspiracy project: relationality
In Relationality, you are about to read the words of a man that makes banana bread out of the peels that I throw away. The concept of Relationality can be understanding in terms of direct interactions between people. We can know something about someone without knowing them. Relationality is to know and experience, not simply exchange knowledge.
The Economic Conspiracy Project
This project has been created as a resource that sheds light on alternative economic sharing and a biblical understanding of money. Each book stands alone. They are designed to be used in a host of different settings: small groups, private and organizational retreats, individual devotions, church-school classes, and however you choose.
Here is a snippet of what you can expect
As we have seen, poverty is usually understanding as a lack of something: housing, jobs, education, money, clothing, cars, ipods… But what if we redefine poverty not as the lack of possessions or the lack of access to the goods of the consumer society? What if we say that poverty is something else?
Once I was in Germany giving a lecture and I asked the audience a simple question: What is poverty? The answers were typical, like the ones I mentioned above. Then I invited them to carry out the following thought experiment: “Imagine that you just lost everything you have. How much time you would need to find a place to sleep, or to find something to wear, or to get some food to eat? How much time would you need to start again? And, what would you do to start fixing the situation?”
They said, as most of us would probably say, that they could meet their immediate needs in a matter of hours if not minutes, and that they would need just several days, or perhaps a couple of weeks, to start over. They said they would deal with the situation by calling or finding some of their friends, by calling a relative, or by walking in a well- known neighborhood.
Then I asked them: “Why do you think you could do this so easily and so quickly?” Their answer was simple: “Because we have friends and family.” “But imagine,” I said to them, “if you were alone and nobody wanted to talk to you or to receive your collect calls. What would happen?” My point was this: poverty is not fundamentally the lack of things or of stuff, but rather the lack of friends. To be poor is to have no friends.