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Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
This deck is based on the opening chapter of "The Gift: Creativity & the A...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Author Lewis Hyde
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Gifts in Motion
Early in the book, Hyde introduces us to the Kula, a cerem...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
The Kula Gift Circle
These gifts are exchanged around the archipelago in a...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Gift Giving Creates Imbalance
Hyde comments, “…at the level of each man th...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Imbalance Creates Motion
So the important thing is the motion, and the mot...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Kula Giving Is Non-Reciprocal
Kula is non-linear and therefore not really ...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
The Gift Goes "Around a Corner"
I may give arm shells to my neighbor to th...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Kula: Circulatory System of the Tribe
So the continual cycle of Kula givin...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Kula Builds Tribes
When experts do Kula, they keep the world moving and bu...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Your Kula Gift: Your Expertise
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Benefit 1: The Tribe Thrives
Expertise passed on becomes a seed leading to...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Benefit 2: Esteem Flows to Giver
The next three benefits can't be manufact...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Benefit 3: Loyalty Flows to the Giver
A generous sharer of expertise will ...
Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
Benefit 4: Authority Flows to the Giver
Authority is the right to lead. It...
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Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?

Based on a chapter of the book The Gift by Lewis Hyde, this deck compares the practice of giving away one's expertise for free to the tribe-building Kula gift ceremonies of the Massim people of the South Pacific. Knowledge-sharing not only creates a better world, but brings esteem, loyalty, and authority back to the one who shares it. For more see http://bit.ly/XjbFpG

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  1. 1. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise?
  2. 2. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? This deck is based on the opening chapter of "The Gift: Creativity & the Artist in the Modern World" by Lewis Hyde
  3. 3. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Author Lewis Hyde
  4. 4. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Gifts in Motion Early in the book, Hyde introduces us to the Kula, a ceremonial, never-ending gift exchange practiced by the people of the Massim archipelago off New Guinea. There are two kinds of gifts, armshells (a shell ring worn about the wrist) and shell necklaces.
  5. 5. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? The Kula Gift Circle These gifts are exchanged around the archipelago in a circular motion; one going clockwise and the other counterclockwise. Anyone receiving one gift is expected to reciprocate with the equivalent value of the other kind within no more than a year. In this way, the gifts are continually in motion, travelling from island to island in a cycle that stretches from two to ten years for any one gift before it returns to its originator.
  6. 6. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Gift Giving Creates Imbalance Hyde comments, “…at the level of each man there will be the sense of imbalance, of shifting weight, that always marks a gift exchange.” Take note of that: giving a gift creates a (temporary) imbalance. The giver is without something, and the recipient has acquired a social obligation (to reciprocate and to move the gift along).
  7. 7. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Imbalance Creates Motion So the important thing is the motion, and the motion is fueled by temporary loss of equilibrium. A human preparing to run actually leans forward, intentionally (though not consciously) throwing off his balance, which is corrected by putting the first foot forward–as step. The runner in motion is someone continually falling forward. The lean is the loss of equilibrium; the step is the “gift” that restores it. In this way circular giving keeps a flow of new life traveling through the tribe, even among widely scattered islands in an archipelago.
  8. 8. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Kula Giving Is Non-Reciprocal Kula is non-linear and therefore not really reciprocal. It requires at least three parties (in reality, of course, many more are involved), and the same gift doesn’t immediately return to the giver. Hyde points out that most folk tales involving gifts have at least three people in them, establishing the minimum for a circle. The circle helps perpetuate dis-equilibrium and motion. No one ever receives the same gift from the same person.
  9. 9. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? The Gift Goes "Around a Corner" I may give arm shells to my neighbor to the west, but I will never get arm shells back from him. I have to give “blindly” and have “blind gratitude” as well. The gift “goes around a corner” as it were, before it comes back, and I usually will be unaware of all the connections it went through before it does return. When a gift has passed out of sight, it can’t be manipulated by the giver.
  10. 10. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Kula: Circulatory System of the Tribe So the continual cycle of Kula giving creates a circulatory system that reinforces and strengthens tribal bonds. Keeping Kula means traveling to adjacent islands in order for the exchange to take place. preventing isolationism. The times of Kula ceremonies are times of exchanging much more than just the physical gifts: news, information, etc. are exchanged as well.
  11. 11. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Kula Builds Tribes When experts do Kula, they keep the world moving and build tribes. Kula is the recognition that what we have is a gift. And by sharing the Kula of your expertise, you build a tribe that you are a part of. Far off peoples will benefit from you around the blind corner of the giving, and the whole tribe gets better because of it. And that means you get better too, for you are part of the tribe.
  12. 12. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Your Kula Gift: Your Expertise
  13. 13. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Benefit 1: The Tribe Thrives Expertise passed on becomes a seed leading to new and expanded knowledge, benefiting all.
  14. 14. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Benefit 2: Esteem Flows to Giver The next three benefits can't be manufactured or manipulated by the giver, but to those who regularly and freely give, they will inevitably come. The first is the esteem or respect of those associated with the giver.
  15. 15. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Benefit 3: Loyalty Flows to the Giver A generous sharer of expertise will eventually attract a following who are willing and happy to recommend them and lend support when needed.
  16. 16. Circle of Giving: Why Give Away Your Expertise? Benefit 4: Authority Flows to the Giver Authority is the right to lead. It is the establishment of a voice worth being heard. The giver of expertise earns and establishes authority. (For a fuller treatment of this topic, see my post at http://bit.ly/XjbFpG)
  • jcolman

    Apr. 20, 2013

Based on a chapter of the book The Gift by Lewis Hyde, this deck compares the practice of giving away one's expertise for free to the tribe-building Kula gift ceremonies of the Massim people of the South Pacific. Knowledge-sharing not only creates a better world, but brings esteem, loyalty, and authority back to the one who shares it. For more see http://bit.ly/XjbFpG

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