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This is where you can connect with other Community Builders and find resources to help you build a new community or increase engagement within an existing community.
STEP 1: Quick Start Guide
Welcome Community Builders!
Here's our quick start guide to getting your new community started or encourage engagement within your existing community.
Download the App
Download the BuyNothing app and create your profile! (see app links at bottom)
Post Something in the App
Post 2 Gives (an item or service or talent), an Ask (you can ask for anything you’d like or may need), and an expression of Gratitude on the app, to let your friends and neighbors know you’re here!
Share a link to the App
Share the following post and link on your social media pages to spread the word:
"I’m building a gift economy in the BuyNothing app. Please join me! Let’s share our abundance, reduce our waste, build a circular economy, and strengthen ties within our community: www.buynothingproject.org"
STEP 2: Invite your Group into the App
Are you an Admin of a current FB BN Group?
Here are step by step instructions on how to organically transition your group into the app.
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FB Admins can register to be recognized as a Community Builder in the app. You should have received an email invitation to register, but if not, ask in the hub.
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Download and post in the app
The best way to start building community is to show everyone that you're there, in the app, and posting away. Post Gives, Asks, and Gratitude to model how it's done and others will follow your lead!
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Things you can do in your Facebook group
Pin a post to your group letting people know you are transitioning. View Sample FB Posts. Modify your group description and add a new group banner in your facebook group settings. View FB Group Description and Banners.
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Spread the word to everyone in your community
Share the following post and link on your social media pages to spread the word:
"I’m building a gift economy in the BuyNothing app. Please join me! Let’s share our abundance, reduce our waste, build a circular economy, and strengthen ties within our community: www.buynothingproject.org"

Here's a note you can send to folks trying to join your group, or who live outside of your area who are requesting to join your group, to let them know your community is moving over to the app:
"Hi (person's name)! I'm an admin of the Buy Nothing (group name) group. I see you in the queue to join the group. We've made an app for Buying Nothing! We've moved to the free BuyNothing app, available in the App Store or Google Play. Please download the app and join us all there!"
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Use our Tools and Resources to build engagement
Take a self-guided lesson from our Academy. View tips, inspirations, and sample posts you can use to foster community-building and local sharing in your part of the world!
Take Our Academy Lessons
Dig in deeper into the buy nothing ethos, guidelines, and practical applications to build community in our BN Academy. Everything you need to become a Community Builder.
View all 7 lessons