In the generosity economy, we are all taking steps to help one another. We are open to possibilities, we work to create success for others, and we hope and expect that others will also open up to and support our own success.
“Trading favors” is entirely different. It is: “Here’s what I’m doing for you now, and what are you going to do for me now or soon in return?”
In one case, you genuinely care about others’ success. In the other case, what you get now and later is really all that matters; you’re just using creative tactics to get there.
In one case, there is an element of faith and trust, and a sense of abundance. In the other case, you believe and act like what you have to offer is scarce, and that the only time to get what is coming to you is right now.
The difference is clear, and everyone can smell it a mile away.