In this page I share my list of desired riches, or more precisely my desired material wealth. You will find the whole spectrum, from the most basic forms (food, shelter, health care) to those that support beauty, goodness, truth and invite the highest expression of my being. I have also chosen not to support junk objects. I support quality (which I see different from luxury) and I would rather not own an object than acquiring one of bad quality, made in bad conditions to lower the costs, and that will eventually pollute because of its short life span.
Some ‘yes but’ thoughts may cross your mind while reading it. For instance:
- By living in the gift economy, don’t I live off my friends and the world in general?
- Why do I mix what serves for surviving with other things that may look trivial or not vital?
Whatever form of kindness you would like to manifest or talk about, please contact me so we can explore this together.
So, here we go 🙂
From your perspective, conventional money may offer the easiest way to support my son and I (food, shelter, school, etc), as it gives direct access to all the material riches I mention below.
I like the idea of you manifesting directly your generosity by offering one of the things listed below. You may prefer this too: it shows directly where your kindness goes, in a transparent way.
School for Estéban
Estéban goes to a Steiner-Waldorf school, a very special school that offers kids an incredibly creative and powerful way to blossom.
Per year: 4400€ ($4,700) – tax-deductible in France.
I eat organic raw vegan food. This article explains why. Estéban eats organic vegetarian food.
Monthly: 700€ ($750) – possible deal with a local organic food store.
A must have tool for delicious raw vegan cuisine. This one became a legend in the raw vegan community. It lasts for ever and has a 7 years warranty.
Estimated cost: 475-650€ ($500-$700).
A motorbike driving course
You drive a car, you pilot a motorbike. Safety and pleasure have to walk hand in hand. Therefore a 2 days advance driving course with one of the best teachers in the world has become a must for me.
Estimated cost: 900€ ($970)
A base in Paris
I come very often to Paris. Lot’s of my friends there can host me, however I rarely ask them for 2 reasons: first I come too often to invite myself every time, second my days begin early and end late, not super compatible with a social life. Hence why I use a lot’s of Airbnb and hotels. However I know Paris has lot’s of empty apartments. If you have one available, I will honor it and take good care of it.
A health insurance
The lifestyle I chose provides me with the wonders of an excellent health. However we never know what life will look like.
Estimated yearly cost: 1200-1500€ ($1,300-$1,600)
I don’t want lot’s of clothes, but those I wear have to embody quality and excellence, two qualities that should infuse every aspects of our life. My research on clothing has led to 4 criteria:
- Elegant: we can keep elegant in everything, even when we practice sports
- Technical: clothes that hold precise standards (warming, breathing, protecting, enduring, etc)
- Nomadic: meaning light, easy to put in a back pack
- Ethical: respecting nature, health, earthlings (i.e. vegan clothes or well treated and not killed animals in case of wool)
A year to finish my novel
What will happen in the next 100 years? What if human consciousness made an incredible leap? Thanks to what, and to who? You will follow the story of 3 young adults in their journey through the 21st century and the shift of our species and its consciousness. Each of them will live an extraordinary adventure that will take them all around the world and at the edge of consciousness.
This novel requires that I give it a full year, full-time. What about contributing to its making?
A Systema seminar in Toronto or Moscow
I practice and teach this extraordinary martial art called “Systema“. It operates through the complete relaxation of the body while in extreme contexts. In order to keep improving my practice, I need to go to international meetings for instructors, both in Toronto and Moscow.
Evaluated cost: 3000€ ($3,200) that include travel, accommodation and seminar expenses.
Website, server, etc
My different websites (noubel.com, noubel.fr, TheNewRepublics, cir.institute) need maintenance costs (server, software…). Let’s add domain name renewals and some software I need to acquire from time to time. You can gift me on a case by case if you want. I would then ask you a few times a year, and you can freely say yes or no.
Estimated yearly cost: 1000€ ($1,200)
A bicycle remains the funniest way to circulate in urban environment and nature. I see a bicycle like an extension of myself, therefore I don’t want to compromise its quality. The one of my dream — the Trek Procaliber 9.8 — allows to ride everywhere in town as well as the most hilly trails.
Cost: 4500€ ($5,000)
A place to live in Aix-en-Provence
I dreamed of it, the dream came true, thanks to the generosity of the universe manifested through human heart. I became the happy renter of a little apartment in Aix-en-Provence. It will last until the end of November 2015. A peaceful place to write, to rest between my trips and to enjoy life with my son Estéban.
Yearly: 13,200€ ($14,000) – you can contribute for future years.
Gift economy as a system and lifestyle doesn’t have much space for it in the legal system, to say the least. I would like to work with a lawyer who feels passionate about these questions and who would like to explore new possibilities. What legal entities should we create, and what personal status should we choose? How can we open the path for others? How can we avoid paying taxes for war and other inhumane things, and direct wealth to the right actions?
A piano & home studio for music composition
These Yamaha pianos record not just the sound of what you play, but the real move of your hands on the keys. And they can reproduce it, or edit it into a score. I know that music composition will take a central place in my life.
Depending on the configuration, the amount goes from 20,000€ to 60,000€ ($21,000 to $64,000) for the piano + studio hardware & software.