Call it the gift economy, the informal economy, or collaborative consumption. The principle? Give more and receive more.
One man in Germany has exercised this philosophy with his social D.I.Y. design movement. Van Bo Le-Menztel first devised a furniture design project named after the unpopular German welfare system (Hartz IV Moebel), and it sheds light on who furniture is for: people who have limited income, but lots of taste.