Flexible Fee

 In Times Of Change

Due to COVID19, a lot of us are finding new ways to teach, new ways to learn, and new ways to work. We never had such easy access to technology to allow us to stay connected to each other - many classes, workshops, and offerings have been moved to online platforms.

And right now, some of us have financial security, and some of us do not.

Worry and uncertainty about our financial situation are very real right now and I feel that my responsibility as a member of the community is to be aware of the whole picture and to practice inclusive adaptation.

As a self-employed small business owner, I can not afford to offer my work for free, but I can change the structure of my fees so we all have a chance to support each other. I created the Flexible Fee from that place, and this has been the catalyst for me to understand and practice a different way of seeing financial exchange for my work. This is initiating personal reflection, research and restructure about economic justice, a topic that has been on my mind for a while but for which I have not done anything concrete and systematic about so far. "Healing Through Awareness" has many layers of understanding, and this is an important one.

The chart below is a reference frame, a first iteration, and as this new situation unfolds, I expect it to change and evolve.

If you are interested in my work and there is another option that would work better for you, please contact me directly, no one will be turned down for lack of funds.

Where am I on the Flexible Fee scale?

Flow

  • I am comfortable meeting all my basic needs (food, housing, transportation).

  • I have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.

  • I own my home/property or rent a higher-end property.

  • I own or lease a car

  • I am employed or do not need to work to meet my needs.

  • I have regular access to healthcare

  • I have access to financial savings

  • I have an expendable income (I can afford to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or concerts, buy new clothes, books, similar items each month...)

  • I can afford an annual vacation or take time off.

Comfort

  • I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them

  • I have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.

  • I own or lease a car

  • I am employed

  • I have access to healthcare

  • I might have access to financial savings

  • I have

  • some expendable income

  • I can take a vacation every few years without financial burden.

Support

  • I frequently stress about basic needs and don't always meet them.

  • I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs.

  • I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing

  • I do not have a car OR have limited access to a car and can not always afford gas.

  • I am unemployed or underemployed.

  • I qualify for government assistance including food stamps and healthcare.

  • I have no access to savings

  • I have no or very limited expendable income.

  • I can not afford a vacation or have the ability to take time off without financial burden.

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Inspired by Alexis J. Cunningfolk's article.

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