Collaborative Wealth: What Is It?

Collaborative Wealth: What Is It?

glass dishes of fruit as offerings on an altar

Collaborative wealth: what is it? Each person has their own idea of what makes them feel wealthy. I find each person’s individual idea beautiful and special and quite sacred, like these offerings of fruit on an altar, each in its own glass dish. Image: Living in Monrovia.

Collaborative Wealth: What Is It?

Collaborative wealth is wealth you own and I help you make. Likewise: it’s wealth you help me make and I own. I mean: you don’t decide how to spend mine and I don’t decide how to spend yours. We just collaborate in making it happen.*

Talking “ownership” is less cool than talking sharing. That’s ok.  Right now, I want to distinguish something that may be a bit new:

a way of helping each other have wealth while relinquishing any control over what we each do with it.

Actually, this is what RAISING CLARITY is about, in a nutshell.

The Abundance and Sharing Landscape

I am interested in collaborative wealth. So, it seems, are you: several people commented on our “Collaborative Wealth: Why?” post giving the “why” for collaborative wealth. I can see that RAISING CLARITY was not clear enough! These comments helped me discern what I was not talking about. They gave me a very clear sense of the many other neighboring notions on the landscape of abundance and sharing. (If you like my concept, great, let’s play with it together. If not, it’s great to do whatever you do–we are together on that landscape of abundance and sharing. Let 1000 flowers bloom!) There are so many ways sharing helps us have more abundance.


Sharing may be cooler than ownership, but how cool it is that trust arises immediately as key to collaborative wealth.

I want to help you be wealthy and have no say in what you do with it. What are the conditions that make that possible? Trust.

As the bumpersticker says: if you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with child? (I happen to agree with this, strongly.) RAISING CLARITY say: if I can’t trust what you do with your wealth, why would I help you make it happen?*

That’s why we don’t coach or consult to people or causes we don’t want to thrive. If you are reading this, you are questioning the world, your place in it, and what to do with your wealth–which includes your time, your money, your attention, your love, and your connections and relationships! We may hope and help you choose wisely. But we’re not interested in controlling what happens with your wealth. We have too much wealth of our own to worry about yours!

Still, you may find yourself asking the question underlying this series…

What Is Wealth?

Figuring out what is wealth to you is important. Many of our posts have that as their aim. (Start with this post if you want just one).

RAISING CLARITY  is dedicated to the proposition that wealth is felt by each person differently AND that without forces outside us telling us what to think wealth is, wealth is quite naturally healed of much of its pernicious nastiness.

You know when you feel wealthy. It’s got everything to do with well-being, which is where the word “wealth” comes from, as we noted last week.

Other Posts in The Collaborative Wealth Series:





*I write, “make it happen” rather than “make it” because what I think of when I think of making wealth happen is much more creative, rich, and full of possibilities and pathways than what I think of when I think of simply making wealth.)

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  • Jennifer Kahly
    Posted at 12:34h, 15 April Reply

    Still following. 🙂 Keep it coming!

    • Beth
      Posted at 16:10h, 15 April Reply

      Thank you!!!

  • bj appelgren
    Posted at 22:32h, 12 April Reply

    I love your posts. You always make me think in a different yet recognizable way about things. I use the word recognizable to indicate that i can look around my life and see that what you are saying is something i’ve felt even if i didn’t speak about it in that way. Whether you know it or not, i think of you as part of team BJ because i know when it’s time to look at things differently i can always call upon your wealth in that area. Thanks!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 17:32h, 12 April Reply

    I think what you are talking about is something I take for granted. I am continually helping others to have more information about opportunities and connections with what they are passionate about and what is already happening. I love working with young people for this reason. I find myself listening to their ideas for their future and then directing them to resources, opportunities, and other people that are related to that vision. I think you do this on a much bigger scale due to the colleagues that contact you and the extent of your knowledge. I think you also help by taking people through their internal world to define their vision for themselves.

    • Beth
      Posted at 19:06h, 12 April Reply

      Why, thank you! I want us to stop taking this work we do for granted, Danielle! I think that whatever we focus on, we get more of and I definitely want more of this.

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