Giftivism is our philosophy

What is Giftivism?

In Giftivism or gift-economy, goods and services are given without any strings attached; it is an economic system where it is the circulation of the gifts within the community that leads to increase – increase in connections, increase in relationship strength; in this context, hoarding actually decreases wealth. At its core, Giftivism is a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance, and isolation to community.*

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Let's do this together!

At Sustainable Future Center we are energized by the belief that fundamental social change will require that we design for generosity, not self-interest. 

Sustainable Future Center is a community hub for the sustainability movement in Knoxville. We provide

resources and space for people, organizations and projects to build sustainable systems, and energize, encourage and inspire community members to integrate sustainability and holistic principles into their lives.  Our approach is to empower the individual to be involved and take concrete steps today that will affect the sustainable future of our planet.

To this end, the Sustainable Future Center offers:

  • seasonal community garden 

  • meeting space

  • class room and workshop space

  • kitchen

  • library

  • demonstration site

for individuals, community organizations, and other non-profits to gather and share.


This allows us to actively address issues of poverty and environmental stewardship. Here, we envision a future where Knoxville works together towards a healthier, collaborative, and sustainable future.


Through our:

  • partnerships & outreach projects

  • events & workshops

  • training seminars

  • community garden & workday programs

  • permaculture design principles

we strive to be a foundation for the South Knoxville community and an indispensable resource for the entire East Tennessee region.

Tackling the significant issues that face our planet and its future will take cooperation, innovation and action. We are at a point in human history where sitting on the sidelines waiting for others to take charge is not going to make an impact.

For this reason, we have decided to make all our SFC sponsored classes, workshops and events free or by donation. Or you can choose to pay it forward for the person behind you.**

For upcoming workshops, classes & events

Donations are are greatly appreciated!

To make a donation to Sustainable Future Center