Is it possible to live without money? How to live without needing money? On Moneyless.org you'll find the answers to such questions, with inspiring examples, such as people who choose to live without money, tips on how to create a moneyless existence and stories about traveling and living without money.
Living without money is not easy. You have to really care and also give up some things. You will give up the comfort to buy what you desire. Instead you'll get another lifestyle: one in which you'll be happy with what you have. One in which you are obligated to be more creative to satisfy your needs.
Robino, instigator of Moneyless.org, has lived without money several times. The first time was three months during a trip in Portugal. He was going around eating what people gave him, sleeping in a tent in the forest or at people's homes. He hitchhiked and walked along the Portuguese coast.
This experience was simply amazing, a real eye-opener to possibilities of moneyless existence. To obtain food he knocked on doors of restaurants for free food, sometimes at the kitchen through the backdoor, other times after lunch, to ask if there were leftover he could take.
Such a trip without money is not just a learning experience on its own, it's also a life changing experience.
Often he was directly invited to take a seat an was fed enough for the next day. Other times he picked fruit right from trees, or took it out of a dumpster. Robin's gratitude for what he got was enormous; food had never been this tasty.
Afterwards he spent another 3 weeks travelling without money in the Netherlands. A foot trip from Amsterdam to the German border. He wanted to relive the experience but then in his home country. Was this also possible in Holland? How would Dutch people react?
Equipped with a small pack and a hammock he started walking straight from home, and the first night he slept among the trees right outside the city.
Living or traveling without money and adapt your life to this is a huge personal challenge. You really embark on an exploration by living this way. But how would it be of the entire society or even just a community would be focused on a moneyless existence? Said differently: a world without money, how would it be? Would it be possible?
This is not just a question asked for the first time here. Many philosophers, anthropologists, sociologists and economists have posed this question before. Often reference is made to prehistoric times of communal living, such as nomadic tribes. But also bartering is mentioned, and how money became a replacement of that and how money has made our lives so much easier.
Moneyless.org wants to go beyond this discussion and provide ways for living without money, with practical examples and give ideas that go beyond money. It's going into concepts such as bartering, the money economy, the role of social money, the gift economy, abundance, social economies and peerconomy. How to develop new social economic links that make money superfluous?