Gift economy




What this is

The Freevolution is a movement promoting the gift economy

The gift economy

The economy is the very thing that has leverage above almost all - if it changes, everything else will follow. Because money makes the world go round...right?
With our current economical system based on constant economical growth, we try to make up for senseless long-hour work-weeks with short-term satisfactory consumption. With this insane pressure towards consumption, we're destroying our own beautiful habitat along the way, while being stuck in a loop of financial dependence.

In a true gift economy we don't exchange or trade goods and services, but instead give them away freely (without getting anything in exchange). As the gift economy grows and people (like you!) join the gift giving, there will be an abundance of free things - minimising your expenses, maximising your happiness. That way you can do more of what you love instead of having to trade a short weekend for 5 days doing what you hate.

The Freevolution

The Freevolution a transitional movement towards the gift economy by offering free services, products and sponsorships. Transition means we don't seclude ourselves from the current system, but instead use it to constantly increase the size of the gift economy offerings. This way we already inspired and supported countless people to become part of it.

What we create is a win-win situation, where we do what we love and get a better world in return, step by step, gift by gift, person by person. The gratitude you receive is priceless, the lasting community & support it creates is worth more than any money could ever buy and it feels like being a rockstar when doing the right thing.

The most important task at the moment is to increase the size of the gift economy, because it lives and dies with the people involved. This could be your chance to change the world.

Real world examples

The Free Pass

The Free Pass is our most important tool for promoting the gift economy.
For every gift you receive, you also receive a "free pass" (or more) with the incentive to pass it on to another person together with a valuable gift. That way more and more people can consciously join the loop, creating a gift economy from scratch. Every card can be tracked online if you want, in order to see the impact you've already had.

You can also order some free passes for yourself or your business and become part of the change!

Be part of the change

The result

Uniquely the gift economy is not based on endless growth, but on love and kindness. That means no pressure to endlessly buy crap you don't need from money you don't have to impress people you don't like.

Resulting in:
  • less slaving away in a dayjob and more resources for mother nature
  • more co-operation instead of competition between corporations economically & socially
  • not being at the mercy of the rich anymore, but being supported by a global community
  • real wealth getting valued over the amount of your belongings or the size of your bank account
  • overall more productiveness and happiness at the same time

The result is a society where greed and envy goes extinct, meaning we don’t have to exploit each other or nature anymore just for the system. Sustainability is going to solve itself, war over resources is going to end and happiness becomes achievable. Who doesn't want to live in such a world? So join us and be a pioneer!

See how you can make a difference

How to help

  • Help from home

    From home you you can be of help with social media promotion, blogging, printdesign, app development, web programming, contacting sponsors etc. Best is to contact us with the skills you have and what you would like to do. We urgently need help in this field as the movement is still very young and growing. And even the simplest step is important: Share the idea, talk with friends or post something on social media.

    Help us grow bigger

  • Free pass it!

    Probably the greatest impact you can have is by offering your own gift economy services or products, whether big or little. It doesn't have to cost you money and it doesn't even need to be full-time. We happily support you with free passes, information material and some advice on how to start best. You'll get featured on this website as well as benefit from promotions and donations.

    Contact us and get support

  • Volunteer

    You can volunteer on-site at the Freevolution "headquarters", currently in Portugal. You would make sure regular classes in permaculture, surfing, yoga and meditation (or something else you're keen on facilitating) run smoothly, next to routine things like shopping or cooking. You're also welcome to help in the garden and with building structures. Other things could involve giving away street food or other products for promotion as well as promoting leaflets, posters, brochures, etc. Minimum stay is 3 weeks, accomodation in tents.

    Be part of the movement

  • Donate

    While transitioning towards a gift economy we can use money or goods to accelerate and strengthen the gift economy. Contributions go towards advertisements in print and online, help to sustain volunteers and helpers, fund projects and new locations.

    Help with the transition to the gift economy with a money donation or donate some valuables. Here's a link to our PayPal MoneyPool. Alternatively contact us for sharing some of your belongings, products or services.

    Pay into the money pool
    Contact us to get it shipped

Spread the word

Feel free to send the link to friends and strangers alike. The world's gonna be green even faster!


See for yourself

Here you'll find some free stuff. Because a gift economy works.

Free stuff

For every gift you receive you also receive a "free pass" with the incentive to pass it on to another person together with another gift, so more and more people join the loop.


Surf lessons around the beaches near Aljezur for beginners and advanced. Wetsuits and surfboards can be provided.


Flexibility workouts through the introduction of yoga and fitness with coordination & surf-specific training.


Learn how to escape the "matrix" with meditation. Gain energy, manage anxiety, cope with depression and start living in the present in the serene setting of a portuguese forest.


Introduction to the three permaculture principles earth care, people care and fair share in an actionable approach whether you have a property or not.

All free, thanks to the gift economy. Because everything is impossible until it's done.

Free stuff

For every gift you receive you also receive a "free pass" with the incentive to pass it on to another person together with another gift, so more and more people join the loop.


Kitesurf lessons in the north of germany (Fischland-Darß Zingst) for beginners. Wetsuits and kitesurf equipment included.

All free, thanks to the gift economy. Because everything is impossible until it's done.


No offerings in the Netherlands at the moment. Be the first and change the world from your country!


No offerings in Spain at the moment. Be the first and change the world from your country!


No offerings in France at the moment. Be the first and change the world from your country!


No offerings in the USA at the moment. Be the first and change the world from your country!


Be the first and change the world from your country!

Who this is

One for all and all for one

Freevolution Founder

Hi, I'm Dan.

I'm the crazy nut that started all this, and I won't give up until we're free. I promise this to every younger generation, because they're the ones that will feel the effects of our behaviour the most.

I do this because it makes a lot of sense to me, or at least nothing else does. Facing extinction we do everything else but the right thing to prevent it. I don't see why one would do anything else, but to wake up now and roll up our sleeves to get something done.

I wouldn't consider myself as spiritual, religious or hippie. I'd just like to move something into a positive direction, without all the hocus pocus. My philosophy might be similar to spiritual movements - just good intentions - I'd rather use my own words though, because I think that's the language most people speak. So whatever religion, tribe or spirituality you come from, let us have an open mind and move something.

Living with depression and social anxiety through most parts of my life, I tried the commonly suggested routes already: Hospitals, therapies, pills, holidays, money, extreme sports, consumerism,... The problem lies deeper in our society, where competition and money is the unsatisfying substitute for love and kindness between ourselves and nature. Following this old trodden path you go in circles!

Therefore we've got nothing to loose, so I decided to pave a new path. I don't know about you, but I can't sit still watching and contributing to the destruction of the future of coming generations - all just for the illusion of satisfaction that actually isn't satisfying anyone. I want to do something! And for the fact you're reading this here, I guess you too! Let me show you how...

Not always happy, but striving towards Peace was always my objective Passion and addiction - Windsurfing Building houses Find my hat and you'll find me Kitesurfing sometimes Permaculture lessons Soulsurfing Playing ukulele Sailing

Questions anyone?

    What do you do?

We are actively promoting the gift economy, inspiring others to join in and give things away for free. That way we can create a society with goods and services that doesn't cost you anything. Leading by example we already offer a small repertoire of free things & services.

    Why do this?

We believe that with an economical change we can make the world a better place. This is why we promote the gift economy, where money doesn't dictate our lives and we can live in freedom, peace and without destroying nature. Whether it's global warming, devastation of nature, the economical collapse through artificial intelligence, war over resources or something else that is awaiting to give us major problems or even wipe us out in the very near future, we have to act now.

    How should this work?

The gift economy is not an utopia, but a current reality in healthy families, communities, friend- and relationships and even whole states (e.g. Mali). We got to start somewhere and solve our problems of nature exploitation, war over resources, pollution, poverty and much more. We don't see politics solving this problem, but a gift economy could solve this and do so much more good. Real change always happened from below, when people came together and acted. It's a system proven to work, even in a globalised world, if we just find enough people to join. This is where you can make a difference!!

    What about funding?

At the moment we're funding this from our own part-time jobs, savings and through donations. For now it needs to be clear that we are in a transition phase, where money is still needed and valued, but this will become less and less necessary. Eventually there won't be any funding needed once enough people contribute about 10% or more worldwide. This could be 10% of your current time or income, it could also just be 10% of the population.

If you're keen on helping, go to our support area and find out what you can do.


    How do you envision the future?

Very simple: Free. Free from pressure, free from money and most importantly free from attachment.
With more and more people entering this lifestyle, it soon will become sustainable without any funding from outside. This will mean that more and more businesses tangled up in the reckless consumerist economy will have to change in a way that benefits not just the system. Finally complete branches of our current economy can restructure into more sensible constructs, changing our lives, the environment for a future worth bearing children into.
It's important to understand that everything is possible if we work together - history has shown this in good and bad ways. So be the positive change you wanna see in the world!

    Isn't money also good?

Money is not the problem, it's the way we handle it, and it certainly got out of hand and doesn't seem to be tameable. Money used to have a fixed value, but with crediting, globalisation and exploitation (warfare) it got corrupted in a non-reversible way. This movement is not about demonising or abolishing money (see "How do you want to fund this" above), but slowly paving a way into a more sensible interaction with each other. The future will show where this will lead us, with our without money...

    Do we have to give up all luxury then?

The question rather is if it's really a sacrifice when you stop shooting yourself in your own foot? We're at a point in time where the impacts of our endless greed is just starting to be felt, not to speak of what future generations will have to deal with. If you think you can't give up product x or lifestyle x, then so be it. But you might change your mind if you're facing the results of this behaviour directly. The Freevolution movement is about showing us the impacts our behaviour has, but on top of that also the positive impacts we can have - which includes our own health and happiness!!

    Can I help?

Yes of course! The best way to join is just by doing something for free and without expectation of return. Doing what you love doing, you'll reap the fulfilling gratitude of others involved and create a community that can support each other. Make sure to use our "free pass" to pass on the idea.

And of course you can directly contribute to the success of this by supporting the movement.



You can bring many arguments forward, why this won't work. Here's a few...
  • "There's too many people that will abuse you just for their own good"
    Put a person in jail and they'll most likely commit a crime again. Give a person love and they will love you back. Nature has given us abundance to satisfy everyone - world hunger for example is rather a problem of distribution than a lack of food. Be the first one to change something for the better.

  • "But we need money to survive"
    Food for thought: Humanity has been around for about 200.000 years, money didn't exist until about 7000 years ago, oh how did we just survive until then? And no, we were not just living in caves before this printed piece of paper.

  • "So what's in it for you? Where's the catch?"
    There's none. "I'm happy when I'm happy to other people" (Russell Brand) . We've long passed a time where we were fighting for survival. Being happy is the new survival and we can't be truly happy when crushing everyone else!

  • "This won't work, because..."
    Maybe this is not for you, yet. But then please ask yourself this question: In 25 years, if some kids asked you 'what have you done to stop humanity from ruining the planet for our generation?', what would you like to say?
Ultimately there's just one thing left to say about this: It always seems impossible until it's done. (Nelson Mandela)

Any other question?

We're looking forward to hear from you!


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