OpenEdge’s money system
We offer our events through an Interdependent Gift Economy system. You can choose how much you contribute financially to the event and we request you read through the following as a guide:
Why we ask for a deposit, and how much should you choose for a deposit?
It is important to us that the deposit is not an obstacle to people joining us. And without any deposit we have found that some people sign up and don’t attend.
Guide: We request £75 for a deposit as this amount helps us to organise the event ahead of time. If you can offer this amount it would support our organising costs and sustainability. Otherwise, please choose your own amount.
How much to contribute for the whole event and when?
As a transformative act, it is important to OpenEdge to participate in and reproduce existing established financial systems as little as we possibly can. It is also important to us that no one is prevented from participating in our activities due to finances. So OpenEdge offers its events through an interdependent gift economy instead of a fixed fee transaction. It is also important that we are able to continue offering events, and we are not currently salaried or funded by other means, so it’s also important to us to meet our sustainability requirements.
Making your contributions
Towards the end of the event we will invite additional financial contributions (additional to the deposit) in the form of cash, cheque or a pledge for a bank transfer (in an envelope that we will provide). At this time we will talk about what an interdependent gift economy is for us, and what resources were needed to make this event happen.
Resources needed to make the event happen
We have venue cost and other expenses which range from £750- £1500 for a 2-day non residential programme and £1500-£2500 for a 3-day residential programme. In addition there is our input: It takes 2 or 3 of us around 3 days to plan and prepare, plus 2 days to follow up and debrief afterwards. This is in addition to the days facilitating the group.
Guide: While we want to move toward needs-based equity and resource sharing, and away from pricing things through strategies of equality (where we add up the costs and divide equally by the number of people there are) people do ask for a payment guide, as they find it helpful:
2-day non-residential: Individuals may want to give between £150 and £375.
3-day residential programme: Individuals may want to give between £250 and £450.
5 x 2.5 hour online programme: Individuals may want to give between £75 and £275
And you can choose your own amount.
We also invite you to give any additional amounts, to support others to attend our future events.
Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss anything about attending or gifting.