This is the backstory behind local gift economies of The Buy Nothing Project, an experimental social movement sweeping across the globe. To join your nearest Buy Nothing community or start one in your neighborhood, visit our Start A Group page.
An island community off the coast of Seattle launches a gift economy where people can offer freely what they have or ask for what they need. In less than a month, over 1000 members have given, borrowed, loaned, mended and shared thousands of items including garden produce, furniture, even kayaks and services, too. Watch these islanders give freely and build a resilient and trusting community.
A community on a small island off the coast of Seattle launches a gift economy called the Buy Nothing Project and it becomes so successful that they begin gifting other communities to share the love. Children, families, neighbors, many of the strangers, contribute toward pinatas that the island gifters plan to offer to a new Buy Nothing group in another community.
This is what a modern-day gift economy looks like, a symbiosis of people giving in creative ways.