The idea for this tour was inspired in part by the pilgrimages of Satish Kumar, who travelled from India to Washington DC, and then around England with no money. His pilgrimages were acts of trust in people’s hospitality. If you are going to rethink the system it is surely essential to rethink money. We felt that by taking no money we would be challenging a major assumption that drives our society – that you need money to eat, sleep in a bed and move around. Of course we realise that other people will be spending money (directly or indirectly) to provide for us, but at least we will not be bound to our hosts, or them to us, via the current system of economic exchange. We will let you know how it feels to be dependent and without the means to buy a coffee or even take the bus if we are stranded. We will also let you know how it feels to receive hospitality, as we suspect there will be plenty along the way! Certainly so far it has been utterly heart-warming to have received so many offers for accommodation, meals, transport and meetings.
We weren’t quite brave enough to spend no money on the tour however. We were worried people might think it was cheeky of us to live off the generosity of others. So we have donated $4,000 to the organisations below. We deliberately chose these organisations in advance, as we felt it would spoil the spirit of the tour to have money up for grabs. We think these groups are doing great work, bringing attention to important issues and providing avenues for people to become active in social change or their communities. We also think there are numerous other inspiring groups out there; we just went for smaller, newer organisations that we happen to know fairly well.