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Mission & Principles

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Our Buy Nothing Project Mission:

We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.

Principles:

  • We believe our hyper-local groups strengthen the social fabric of their communities, and ensure the health and vitality of each member.
  • We come from a place of abundance ~ not scarcity.
  • We believe in abundance, we give, we ask, we share, we lend and we express gratitude.
  • We are a gift economy, not a charity. We see no difference between want and need, waste and treasure.
  • We measure wealth by the personal connections made and trust between people.
  • We value people and their stories and narratives above the ‘stuff.’
  • We are inclusive and civil at our core.
  • We value honesty and integrity in all our interactions.
  • We view all gifts as equal; the human connection is the value.
  • We believe every community has the same wealth of generosity and abundance.

Join Us:
Buy Nothing: Give Freely. Share creatively. Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, no soliciting for cash. We’re an adult-only, hyper-local gift economy. We are not a charity or community bulletin board.

By joining a Buy Nothing Project group, you agree to abide by our Mission and Rules.

You can join one group only, the group where you live so you can literally “give where you live.” This is what builds community.

Brought to you by The Buy Nothing Project. Looking for a group near you? Visit our Find a Group page. Want to join the Buy Nothing Project network and there’s no group in your area? Visit our Start a Group page to learn about how we set groups up.

© 2015 Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller
All Rights Reserved

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123 comments on “Mission & Principles

  1. Thank you for allowing me to join

  2. Thank you happy to be a memeber

  3. Never been in a group that has a ‘mission’ before. I love what I’ve read here, as this is how I live my life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join. I can’t wait to see how the group is run in actuality on the page

  4. Look forward to being a member

  5. Thank you for adding me happy to be a member

  6. Thank u for adding me to this group

  7. So excited to be a member,thank you for letting me join!

  8. Thank you! Love this idea!

  9. Thank you for adding me

  10. thank you so much to become a member!
    Thanks my friend Michelle for letting me know about this!

  11. What a wonderful thing to do 😃

  12. Thank you so much for allowing me to join! Looking forward to be member.

  13. Thank you! Love this concept.

  14. Love it

  15. Looking forward to sharing! Thanks you.

  16. Thank you for adding me to the group

  17. I’m ready. Add me

    • Hi Peggy,

      To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  18. Thank you and looking forward to sharing!

  19. Looking forward to being member

  20. looking forward to sharing

  21. Genesee and Genesee CT
    I’m over 21

    • Hi Leslie,

      To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  22. Happy to be a member 😊

  23. Looking forward in becoming a member.

  24. Thanks for adding me as s member

  25. Thank you for adding me

  26. Do you have to be on FB to join?

    • All of the Buy Nothing Project groups use Facebook, yes … and people often ask us why we chose Facebook as our platform for The Buy Nothing Project. 1) It’s free; 2) Most of our friends and neighbors are on Facebook; and 3) It’s transparent.

      Transparency is the key ingredient to keeping a gift economy sustainable over time. Though there are some limitations to Facebook, the Buy Nothing Project is a network of groups completely run by Volunteers, without a budget (or time) to put the effort required into developing and maintaining a stand-alone site at this time.

      Thanks for your interest in the Project!

  27. Live on doliva dr San Diego looking for anything that would help for my new place. My ex kicked me and my kids out so we had to do the best we can to get an apartment right away and now we are struggling to pay for it and things we need

    • Hi Valerie,

      To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood.

      Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, 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

      Also if you have already sent a request to join, there is a chance someone has already sent you a Facebook message.

      Remember to check your message folders in addition to the in-box.
      Filtered (Other): https://www.facebook.com/messages/filtered
      Message Requests: https://www.facebook.com/messages/requests

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  28. Looking forward to participating in this group.

  29. Thank you so much!! This is a great idea ❤️

  30. Thanks for the add to the group.

  31. Thanks you for joining me to this group..

  32. looking forward to participating and finding out more on how this group operates.

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