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How To Set Up Your Own Buy Nothing Group

Welcome to the Buy Nothing Community!

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© Christa Hinchcliffe

Want a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood? Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Let us know that you would like to set up a group by sending us an email here.  We’ll set up a Facebook Group for your neighborhood – Since you know your region better than we do, think about what makes sort of an area makes sense as a single group; you’ll want an area large enough to gather a critical mass of members, but not so large geographically that it will be difficult for members to connect in person to share things.
  2. Your group will need one or two volunteer administrators. Group admins are responsible for answering questions and helping to keep the Buy Nothing culture developing in a kind way. If you can’t volunteer as the local administrator of your new local Buy Nothing group, recruit a friend who can!  From here on out, the directions will assume that you are going to be one of these administrators.
  3. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, you’ll need to create one. Buy Nothing Project groups connect online through Facebook group pages, so each Buy Nothing member needs a Facebook account.
  4. We’ll notify you when we’ve set up your group and will invite you to join, then upgrade you to administrator status. We’ll co-admin with you to help things run smoothly, answer questions, and share tips from other groups around the world.
  5. Invite your local friends to the new group, and ask each of them to invite their friends, and so on and so forth.
  6. Start posting! Groups need to see examples of every sort of interaction that Buy Nothing fosters: Things being given freely, things being ask for freely, items up for loan and sharing. The more there is to scroll through, the easier it is for new members to see how things work, and the more inspired everyone will be to add their own things to the mix.
  7. It’s that simple!
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107 comments on “How To Set Up Your Own Buy Nothing Group

  1. I would like to start a buy nothing page in my town Ipswich, MA. We are in between homes in beverly and Ipswich right now but will soon be permanent Ipswich residents. Could you help get me started?

    • Hi Allison,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our Social Experiment!

  2. I would love to start a group of this type. Checked and none in my area as of yet, San Pablo CA 94806.

    • Hi Roxanne,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Currently there is a backlog of several weeks, due to the huge increase in interest; our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  3. I would like to start a Buy Nothing Group in our our community in Bandera Texas. My daughter who lives in Seattle told me about it and I think it would be an asset to our community. I would volunteer to be an Admin.
    Thanks,
    Dee Dee Honea

    • Hi Dee Dee,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  4. Hello!
    How can I find out where there are Buy Nothing Groups in/around the Green Bay, WI area?

    Thank you,
    Susan

    • Hi Susan,

      Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please check this list (which is updated frequently) for the groups in Wisconsin, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#WI

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  5. Looking to start a group in Maryland. Please be in touch.

    • Hi Rima,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  6. I would like to be a volunteer administrator in my neighborhood. I have always wanted a site like this but didn’t know how to get started. I feel it is a need in every community. Please let me know what the next step is. My FB page is under my old email so would I need to change that or will it be ok to leave the way it is?

    • Hi Susan,

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested in becoming an Admin, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond. Our Development Team is working diligently through the requests for new groups as quickly as they are able.

      https://buynothingproject.org/start-a-group/

      You will not need to change email or Facebook ID, just use the email address you can easily be reached at, and the Facebook account you use everyday.

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

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