Posted 5 years ago on April 23, 2012, 3:27 p.m. EST by jph
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Here is an excellent article explaining Gift Economies;
"All of Coumba Toure’s work is aimed at keeping African values alive. As part of this, she is deeply involved in a women-led movement to keep the gift economy thriving. West African gifting is based on the interrelated values that all humanity is linked and that one’s well-being is only as strong as that of one’s neighbor. Profit and exchange are trumped by a commitment to care for community. ... Here we judge people by how much they give. Even if the person doesn’t have much, someone will say, “That’s a good person, an extraordinary person.” In other countries, the measure is that the person has a lot, not that they give a lot. But for us, if you have a lot and you don’t give it, what is it good for?"
- Coumba Toure | Bamako, Mali
 Some great links and suggestions for promoting humanity not greed, are at the end of this article;