Asking for, receiving or giving help is a natural part of life. Still, it can seem overwhelming and uncomfortable or be something we do not even consider. We offer different kinds of help. but we also aim to ask for help when needed and we love to see what comes out of a situation when the action of helping becomes a natural part of a relationship.
One could argue that doing favors for each other is what makes modern society social, efficient and functioning. Transactions of giving or receiving happen all the time whether we notice it or not. For example, someone makes you a cup of coffee at a café so that you do not have to make it yourself. You pay them so that the business can keep making coffees, and the person who served you gets payed so that they in turn can pay their rent. If we strip away the profit or money, the ecosystem of services basically comes down to you, the employee and the employer helping each other (with further services from other people outside this triangle).
Although money is a very convenient way of "giving back" when someone does you a favor, it is important that we sometimes look beyond the transaction and recognize that there is a person on the other end of the deal. For us money serves as fuel for the business so that it is able to keep operating, but we don't want it to overshadow the people putting in the work or offering the service. If we could take money out of the equation we would. We think it would probably make the exchanges more transparent and human. At the moment we can't keep running without the economic aspect of projects so we do what we can with what we have. However, we do not believe that money is the only value to be exchanged or way to give back so we can also operate with different value for different situations.
When we are able offer help and build a relationship we do this but it comes with a belief that the act of service will be repaid, in some form or another. It is important for us to trust that others treat us like we strive to treat them, without someone ending up drained.
"If we could take money out of the equation we would. We think it would probably make the exchanges more transparent and human"