About Moneyless.org

Moneyless.org is a social project by Robino and Guaka about money and the disposal of that. The goal is to provide more creative ways to reduce the influence of money on daily life. It's also a project to have fun, to express our creativity and do something cool. Moneyless.org was originally started as the Dutch website Geldloos.nl and now covers 7 languages.

The idea to start a website that is centered around not using money, comes straight from the experience of Robin while living without using money consciously, while traveling and while living in the nomadic-community house (nomadbase) Casa Robino in Amsterdam.

No money

Having no money makes life in our society hard. At first sight at least. It can be solution as well. It's challenging you to come up with new ways to satisfy your needs. Although having no money is often experienced as negative it can also be a positive thing.

Our society is based on the money economy: all transactions are monetary. But does it apply to everything? No! The most beautiful things in life are free. And above all: there are alternative ways to get food, even if you don't have money. And even if you are pregnant without money you can raise your baby in a nice and beautiful way.

Many people immediately think about borrowing money when their money is all spent. Some even borrow money without any regular income. Everyone can make their own choice, but here on Moneyless you will mainly find a lot of tips about how to get around for free.

Another alternative is bartering. There are many people who live without money, who made a conscious choice to give up cash and other forms of currency. They consciously don't have money, some even live stateless. Some satisfy their needs by exchanging services, others prefer to think of doing it pay-it-forward style. Often this is an inspiration to people who involuntarily don't have money. In other words: how to be rich without money.

If living without money is too radical for you, you can also simply save money.

Blip from 2013

A week ago my friend Kasper came up with the idea to start moneyless.org, a project to inform people how they can reduce the influence of money in their life, and ultimately how they could live without money at all.

I was quite surprised by the idea. For over two years now I have such a website but in Dutch, focusing on people in the Netherlands and Belgium. I never had the intention to bring this website over its language-border. But why not?

At the moment the website in the Netherlands Geldloos.nl is getting more and more popular with more than 5000 visits a month and the contents is quite new, refreshing and edgy. It would be great to push these ideas a bit more world-wide.

And like this we also get new inspiration and new stuff. Like Kasper writing an article on letting your hair be cut by friends for example. At some point we'll be also looking into ways for other people to join in and add articles like that, or even edit existing articles. That would also bring in new ideas and experiences.

But for the time being the focus is to get more information translated first and adapt it to the more international and English-American context.

Blip from 2014

How to further develop Moneyless.org? That's a question I've been dealing with recently. Shall I continue with ways and tips to live and travel without money? Or shall I add more perspective by talking about spending less money, saving money or even how to make money?

Or why not all of the above? I'm also thinking about blogging about money and to turn Geldloos into a consumer knowledge center about money. How you can spend less, how to live without money, and how to get money if you need it. I have a lot of knowledge about this and I can collect more knowledge about it.

So many ideas. I'll sit on it for a while, to get some more structure and will reshape things accordingly.

Life beyond money

Moneyless.org is especially about ways to live with less or even completely without money. With Moneyless we want to draw attention to alternative ways to organize society and the economy in a bottom-up, sometimes peer-to-peer way. Ways that are especially based on sharing and giving, not necessarily on money and profit. Apart from that there's also attention to bartering.

Of course Moneyless just didn't appear out of thin air. From his studies of political science and journalism Robin has learned a lot of about topics such as the role of money and power structures in society. He's also always been interested in social transformation, politics and economy. This is also how he met Guaka in 2003, on Indymedia, IRC and Wikipedia. Guaka has been active in building websites such as CouchSurfing, Hitchwiki and Trashwiki. We both think a world without money is possible as soon as we organize ourselves in a way that makes money superfluous.

Money corrupts? Or how we embrace the paradoxes of life

Nevertheless the dynamic duo is not radically opposed against the use of money. On the contrary, we understand why money is around and why we're so dependent on it. The lack of dogmatism is apparent from the acceptance of advertising on this website. We use also this website to actually make money in order to sustain our subversion attempts on a wider scale.

For example, through search engine optimization we also consciously attract people who do not have money, people who think they need money in order to live or even people who are looking for ways to borrow money.

With Moneyless we want to show these visitors that there are also different ways to solve money problems, much better than quickly borrowing money. For example by consuming less, saving money and by changing one's mindset. Though, if people are still seduced and want to borrow money, we will get a little bit of money for this.

So far this has been supporting our families financially while being able to spread post-consumer propaganda. The bigger plan is to feed the money back into cool projects such as the lovely Wikis. If our plan works out very well we want to use some of this money to support more projects that we love and that are aimed at bringing about more freedom from money.

It might sound like a paradox. Making money for Moneyless.org. For a while I've lived and especially traveled without money. I like saving money and I really hate advertising. Still, on PR9's advice I've chosen for this. Consider it a subversity.

Through search engines a lot more visitors arrive at Moneyless. They're looking for ways to save, borrow and earn online money, or to become rich without money. Thanks to a good search engine optimization strategy they also arrive at Moneyless.org and with that they get in touch with other types of articles, as well as ways to kick the money addiction.

Meanwhile, if you don't like advertising you should really install an adblocker.

At the same time this commercial stuff also creates some extra income for Moneyless. With this extra income there's more time to write and to create more subversive products.

Main topics

Since 2015 we're slowly moving towards dividing the website into the following different topics:

Be free

Finally Moneyless is also a tool for people who want to act and live more consciously. But what are the things you can do as a person to be freer? Money is something you definitely do not need. Freedom lives in yourself. It comes from the inside. Even when we think money provides us freedom, we're most often just caught by money.

Whichever way things in society have been conditioned, including our own existence, in the end we make our own choices. And whenever you make a choice, you choose something. If you want a freer life, Moneyless can provide you many tips to help you with your choices.

You're welcome to write to us. If you're not a spammer we'll probably get back to you at some point in the future.


Many illustrations have been created by Erga Sonnenberg.

A beautiful day in the park. No money changed hands.

Moneyless in other languages