Elf Pavlik - Moneyless since 2009

elf Pavlik

Elf Pavlik gave up money in 2009 after he had come back to Europe from San Francisco. In California he had been working for a highly competitive internet company that was mainly trying to compete with other companies, without really producing anything to make people happy. He decided he had enough of that and started living in nature for a while and he tried to give up money. When coming back to Europe he was living and working on wwoofing farms and decided to completely give up the idea of money. While at it he also decided to leave his passport with recycling paper, consequentially Elf is living without money or papers. No insurance, no rent, no bosses, not more personal belongings than he needs.

Some people think a life without money is very sad. But Pavlik is the opposite of sadness. He's always looking on the bright side of things.

Pavlik has chosen to live in a different reality, ahead of his time, working towards a world in which money is meaningless. A world without borders and states.
He's working a lot on decentralizing the web, a proponent of open web technologies such as Persona. A lot of his code is available at https://github.com/elf-pavlik and you can interact with him on Twitter through @elfpavlik.

Watch elf

elf Pavlik - Strictly Moneyless from Side Ways on Vimeo.

More reading and watching

  • elf in media
  • Further reading

    Living Moneyless: Mark Boyle

    Living without money, how does that work out in practice? The Irishman Mark Boyle has been doing it since November 2008 and he's having a great time. He's living in England in an old caravan given to him. He start symbolically on Buy Nothing Day, a yearly day to not buy anything together with others.