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© Liesl Clark
© Liesl Clark

The Buy Nothing Project is a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies. We’re expanding to many platforms, including our own BuyNothing app, available to everyone in mid to late 2021! In the meantime, if you’d like to set up a local gift economy right away, groups are set up (primarily on Facebook at the moment), using our Creative Commons public copyright-protected documents. These resources can be used as-is without any changes to create a Global Standard group, or changed (following Creative Commons’ license directions) to create a Local Variation group. The co-founders see all of these groups as equally important and valuable parts of the overall Buy Nothing movement.

The Buy Nothing Project is an incubator and library, seeding local gift economies all over the world with freely-given resources that help individuals build strong, vibrant, inclusive and equitable local sharing communities. We provide our materials through a Creative Commons license and offer an online course for those who would like to learn how to build community through a local gift economy. Anyone can take the course, whether you’re a participant in a current gift economy or if you’re looking to kickstart one. We also connect volunteers in an Admin Hub to provide support, up-to-the-minute announcements, resources, and answer questions.

As the Buy Nothing Project founding team sees it, the primary responsibility of Local Group Leaders (aka Admins on Facebook) is to cheerlead and guide others, through example and explanation, the Mission and Principles of the Buy Nothing Project. Each and every Buy Nothing group is led only by its local admins and answers directly to its participants and community. The Buy Nothing Project has a wealth of freely-given resources to help you set up a group. Please visit our Buy Nothing on Facebook page if you’re interested in setting up a group on the Facebook platform. You will be solely responsible for its impact on your community. We are here as Buy Nothing librarians to provide you with tools you can use to build a group, and to help you make your group’s impact as profound and positive as possible, to help you bring an inclusive and equitable gift economy to life to serve your community well.

As stewards of the Mission to their varied local communities, 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!

The primary tasks of a Local Group Admin are to:

· Regularly review posts and comments;

· Model giving, asking, and gratitude within your own local group;

· Help to explain the Buy Nothing culture,  guiding members along;

· Strive to communicate with members with clarity, compassion, humility, and by offering a way to say “yes” 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;

Here is the direct link to our Google Form to get started!

657 thoughts

  1. Hi, I would love to start a buy nothing group in Sheridan Indiana. This town would benefit this type of group and the community would really enjoy it. Thank you

  2. Wouldn’t it be better to have a group expand it’s boundaries some instead of starting a brand new group?

  3. Is there any other platform besides Facebook to connect with a Buy Nothing Group? Facebook blocked my account for an unknown reason, so I am now unable to participate in my local buy nothing group. Thank you.

  4. Hi Elee Jones! Thanks so much for asking. Yes! We’re racing to build a custom BuyNothing app that will have even more sharing features than Facebook groups are able to provide and we’re so excited to roll it out. The first version will be bare bones so we can all give feedback and build this new platform together so it can be the best gift economy experience for everyone, with a focus on equity and allowing for each of us to define our own “communities.” Please sign up for our waitlist at and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the app goes live!

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