What is Seeds?
Our founder, Rachel Cook, saw a lot of misogyny in institutionalized finance (and in the world) when working as a futures and equities trader, and later when raising investment capital for Seeds.
After a good deal of Vipassana meditation and time spent alone in thought, she came to realize that the problem seemed to be capitalism itself, because its OS is patriarchy: an extractive system that teaches humans of all genders to overvalue masculine energies and denigrate feminine energies, in other people, in ourselves, and in the man-made external world. All forms of discrimination seemed to stem from this.
Rachel saw that this imbalance infused every institution that humans who were not working to correct it had built to date: governing structures, financial mechanisms, and the essential building blocks of the technology we use everyday. She learned that Leibniz, the father of binary code, read about yin and yang in the I Ching, which gave him the idea to use 1s and 0s to communicate logic problems numerically. His translation of these male and female energies - which flow together in equal balance - into concrete units of All or Nothing make up the foundational workings of every technological system in existence (even those being used for quantum computing), skewing things in an unhealthy direction from the start. Rachel realized her mission in this life was to do all she could to right this patriarchal imbalance in herself, and in the things she created.
Seeds is an important embodiment of this mission, because it’s a tool to help all of us receive vital financial support so that we can stop worrying about survival. When we have what we need, we can shift out of fear. From there, we can begin to focus on healing ourselves and waking up, so that we have the space to tune into the inner voice telling us what we’re meant to do in this lifetime - and we can then joyfully offer that to others.
how seeds works
What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money?
Seeds is sort of like a distributed GoFundMe. It takes just a few minutes to complete the form to redeem a token to ask for help, and your Request for Help is shared via websites and apps using the Seeds tools, like in the examples above and below. What you need pops up kind of like an ad would, and users of those websites and apps are invited to contribute to you.
As contributions come in, every member of the ecosystem receives value: the app gets a cut, Seeds gets a cut, and once it’s been sourced, we gift your full request amount to you. In this way, we’re working to create a bigger pie for everyone. We want to transcend the current, binary for-profit/non-profit framework because we think it’s not serving people as it could.
Our hope is that Seeds will ultimately function well enough that eventually we won’t have to take a cut, that we’ll be able to sustain ourselves by redeeming tokens to cover our operational needs.
The biggest Request for Help we’ve granted to date was for $1800. As our community grows, we hope that Seeds can be used as a tool to pay for bigger things, like a private college education in places where that’s prohibitively expensive for too many people, or a new home.
We want folks to use Seeds to build a new future: to pursue startup ideas, create art, or quit working jobs that they hate, so that they have the space to do the healing work they need to do to discover what they love.
So what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to help. :)