That which separates the haves from the have-nots. But what is money? It’s everything if you don’t have it, right?
Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. 25% have no savings at all. And only 15% of the population is on track to fund even one year of retirement. Suggesting what? The middle class is evaporating? Or the American Dream is dead? You wouldn’t be sitting there listening to me if the latter were true.
You see, I think most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money. Is it simply an agreed-upon unit of exchange for goods and services? $3.70 for a gallon of milk? Thirty bucks to cut your grass? Or is it an intangible? Security or happiness. Peace of mind.
Let me propose a third option. Money as a measuring device. You see, the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is not a function of who’s president or the economy or bubbles bursting or bad breaks or bosses. It’s about the American work ethic. The one that made us the greatest country on Earth. It’s about bucking the media’s opinion as to what constitutes a good parent. Deciding to miss the ball game, the play, the concert, because you’ve resolved to work and invest in your family’s future. And taking responsibility for the consequences of those actions.
Patience. Frugality. Sacrifice.
When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? – Those are choices.
Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence that measure of a man’s choices.
Bitwalk is an independent organisation. That means we can and we will do things that others can’t. No corporate, VC, or any other unethical source of funds was used to build Bitwalk and we have no interest in such. We’d rather think creatively than think about the dough and this is why we need your help.
How can you Join?
It’s totally up to you. This is about making a change, collaborating and sharing your skills — if you are a coder, activist, designer, artist, or think that you have something that can make Bitwalk better, send us a note at email@example.com
If you want to be the one that brings Bitwalk to your community [city, town, school, university, company, group, whatever..], rather if it’s for building your business around it or just for fun, Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
We wrote the Nine Principles as guidelines to us and to our community. A reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as we see it.
Inclusion Anyone may be a part of Bitwalk. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Radical Equality All people are equal and have the same opportunity to generate value - no matter who you are, or where you are.
Human Value We recognize and celebrate our human value. Our community is built on progress and made stronger by the momentum of each participant.
Privacy All people have the right for privacy. We have the right to be left alone and live life free from unwarranted publicity and to be protected from unwarranted intrusion.
Anonymity All participants have the right for anonymity. It’s the individual’s right to have and to maintain control over information about themselves.
Independence Actions, policies, and/or rules should be evaluated on the basis of their consequences on human welfare, free from commercial influences and exploitation.
Economy Self Reliance Bitwalk encourages all participants to ignore external influences and undertake that the strength of the Bitwalk economy rely solely on the agreement between it’s participants.
Civic responsibility We value civil society. Members assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Participation Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that a transformative change in society, can occur only through the medium of a deeply personal participation.