What this means, generally, is that I don’t set a “price” as a barrier. Instead, I do everything I can to offer everything here as a gift (from the resources, to the campus programs), and allow those who receive the gift to reciprocate based on ability, gratitude, and/or what feels fair.
For me, access is a core tenet to social justice, so constructing financial barriers preventing people from accessing my work feels wrong — it would be antithetical to the goals of the work itself.
In this way, I see operating in the gift economy as the only way I can walk my talk.
So I gift it all.
I gift my content here by releasing my copyright, by not having any pay walls or financially-exclusive content (even my books are available pay-what-you-can/want), and by making everything really easy to download, use, and access. And I gift my speaking/performing by allowing the organization bringing me in to pay what they want/can (which is sometimes $0).
In all of this, I trust that some people will be able reciprocate the gift in ways that allow this project to stay alive, to thrive, and to continue doing good in the world.
In the past, people would bring me in to perform for their campus or organization, and gift honoraria that support this site, and keep this work alive. This was the primary way I supported this site, but as of 2019 I’m no longer performing campus programs, and trying to fund my work here directly.
In all the ways people have gifted back, so far, it’s worked. We’ve managed to balance our books, I have been paid enough (just barely, most of the time) to make rent, and the site has stayed online (even if we’ve had some close calls).
Here’s to over 5 years living a bold experiment,