The Buy Nothing Project is made up of a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies, and all of us working on this are volunteers. Groups are set up on in real life or any social media platform using our open-resource foundational documents and banner. We are an incubator, seeding local gift economies all over the world. We provide our materials through a Creative Commons license and give local volunteers leadership training on how to steward a local community group. We also connect volunteers in a network of Local, Development, and Operations Teams of volunteers to provide support and answer questions.
Want to start a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood? Please be sure to double-check whether there is an existing group for your local community listed here before volunteering to start a new group. Once you’ve confirmed there is no existing group in your area, please read the information on this page and fill out our Start-a-Group form at the bottom to participate in our training!
Would you like to join an Admin team, or take up the adminship reins for an existing/archived local Buy Nothing group? To join an admin team, check with the admin of your group to find out if there are openings in your neighborhood! Once you’ve made that connection, please be sure to ask them for information regarding an upcoming admin training session you can join! If your local group is adding new volunteers to prepare for an impending sprout, you may want to consider collaborating with a Buy Nothing Project Development Team member at the end of your training session. If you’re volunteering to admin an existing/archived group, you can find the next training here: Buy Nothing Project Training. If you’d like assistance from a Development Team member to update an existing/archived group, here is the link to our Google Form to get connected!
Please note that during the training you will be invited to join our Buy Nothing Project Admin Hub support and resource group, where our worldwide admins and volunteers communicate, collaborate, and contribute to the Project as a whole. The monthly training group you complete will be another resource for you, where you can continue to collaborate with your fellow trainees.
The primary responsibility of the Local Admin is to uphold, through example and explanation, the Mission and Principles of the Buy Nothing Project.
As stewards of our Mission to their varied local communities, our volunteers are essential to the continued success of the Buy Nothing Project. If you love the Buy Nothing Project, have some spare time each week, and would like to help this amazing experiment grow in your neighborhood, we would love for you to join us!
Here are some of the things you’ll do as a local group leader:
· Regularly review posts and comments, and take action regarding posts and comments that do not fit within our Rules;
· Model giving, asking, and gratitude within your own local group;
· Respect and explain the Buy Nothing Project Rules, guiding members to better understand and implement them;
· Model and encourage the Buy Nothing Project Suggestions for successful posts;
· Regularly engage members with Admin posts, comments and encouraging remarks;
· Strive to communicate with members with clarity, compassion, humility, and by offering a face-saving solution whenever possible;
· Respond to all membership inquiries in a timely manner;
· Respond to member questions or concerns and resolve group issues in a timely manner, in keeping with all Buy Nothing Project policies;
· Participate in the hyper-localization (sprouting) process when you feel your group is ready, as our goal is to have a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies;
· Review our volunteer-centered forums and groups, and participate in these groups in order to engage and collaborate with other volunteers and admins.
It is very important for our volunteers to be familiar with our Rules and Standards. Make sure to review these before moving forward. Another great source of information is our Frequently Asked Questions page. All Admins are also asked to regularly review and be familiar with our Mission and Principles.
We perform these roles collaboratively, with each admin taking on the tasks that feel most comfortable to them, as long as all of these tasks are completed. While these duties are often shared, it is important that every Local Admin be able and willing to take on any and all of these tasks if necessary.
A Buy Nothing Project local volunteer admin spends a bit of time each day checking the posts in their group to ensure they are within the scope of our rules, verifying and adding new members, modeling preferred behaviors and types of posts to inspire others in the community to participate and learn about the mission, and posting Admin Reminders or encouragement for more activity in the group as needed.
Local Admins estimate that they spend 15-60 minutes per day looking over the groups, reviewing posts, replying to questions, verifying membership requests, and participating in the group, depending on the size and activity level in a group, as well as the number of co-Admins.
We recommend that all Admins have some access to a computer. Volunteers with access to Facebook only via their phone may have difficulty performing certain tasks.
Every Buy Nothing Project Admin lives in the hyper-local area where their group is located. Keep in mind that this project is made up entirely of volunteers, many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!