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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 do not buy, sell, trade, barter, or otherwise exchange money for items or services.
  • 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.

Interested in getting in touch with us? Fill out our Member Feedback Form.

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244 comments on “Mission & Principles

  1. Thank you for adding me to the group

  2. I’m ready. Add me

  3. Thank you and looking forward to sharing!

  4. Thanks for letting me join

  5. Looking forward to being member

  6. looking forward to sharing

  7. Genesee and Genesee CT
    I’m over 21

  8. Happy to be a member 😊

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Looking forward in becoming a member.

  12. Thanks for adding me as s member

  13. Thank you for adding me

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

  15. 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

  16. Looking forward to participating in this group.

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. Thanks for the add to the group.

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

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

  23. Thank you for letting me join!

  24. Thanks for allowing me to join this community. We bought our house in 2007 and love our neighborhood because of the people and the easy going nature of most folks we meet… I look forward to meeting some of you soon.

  25. Thank you for the add

  26. I would like to join. I live in north REDONDO beach zip 90278. Please let me know ifI am accepted. Vijaya

  27. thank you for allowing me to become part of a blessing to others

  28. newer 3x to 4x tops or kimono, jackets

  29. Happy to join!

  30. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of this mission.

  31. Looking forward to being apart of this group!

  32. Thank you for adding me

  33. Hi Vijaya,

    Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for our groups in California just 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/#CA

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  34. Hi Sandy,

    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.
    You would post your asks *in* your local group.

    Best of luck with your search for tops, or kimono jackets!

  35. Looking forward to becoming a member

  36. Thank you for allowing me to join the group

  37. Thbk u for letting me join the group

  38. Thank you fore letting us join you guys in this group so exited

  39. Thank you!

  40. I’m happy to be a member. Thank you.

  41. Thank you

  42. Glad to join and participate in the group.

  43. Cutting out the middle man and the tax man all while doing something nice for others and fostering community. What could be better than that? How refreshing. Thank You!

  44. Beautiful & well said !
    And so it is ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  45. Thanks !!

  46. Thank you so much

  47. Very Nice!! Thank You!

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