Adults Only ~ Give Where You Live ~ Join Only One Group
You further confirm that you are an adult, living within the boundaries of that group, that you do not belong to any other groups within the Buy Nothing network. You will be asked to confirm this information via 3 membership questions that pop up when you request to join a group and/or via private message. Details
These are the types of posts that belong in our groups:
- Offers of any goods or service you’d like to share, loan, or give away.
- Requests for any goods or service you’d like to borrow or keep.
- Gratitude posts! Gratitude is key; it’s what fuels the magic.
Aside from goods and services, there are a few other types of gifts that fit into our mission:
Finally, in addition to gifts, requests, and expressions of gratitude, we allow discussions sparked by those gives, asks and gratitude as well as discussions about a gift economy mindset and the group in general. Read Details
- Keep it legal. Details
- Keep it civil. Details
- Respect your neighbors. Details
- Give freely. Details
- Participate as yourself. Details
- Give from your own abundance. Details
- Buy (and Sell/Trade) Nothing. Details
- Ask and give creatively. Details
- Remember Our Mission Details
- All members participate at their own risk. Details
Here are a few suggestions for crafting your posts and comments:
These are not Rules, so they are not grounds for removing a member, but are helpful suggestions for stewarding an authentic Buy Nothing Project gift economy.
By joining a group within the Buy Nothing Project, you agree to abide by our Mission and Rules as they are outlined above, and detailed below. Every group within the Buy Nothing Project network is subject to the same rules and policies, regardless of location or size. All Rules and Standards are subject to change.
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More Details about our Fine Print
Keep reading to learn more about each of our rules in greater detail.
- Posting spam, marketing posts or items for sale or trade
- Joining any group with a fraudulent account(s) or with the purpose to defraud others
- Incivility towards or between group members
- Disrespect toward group members, their privacy or their property
- Dishonesty or obtaining items under false pretenses in order to sell said items without disclosing that intention
- Repeated instances of disregard for our rules or principles
- Blocking or failing to communicate with an admin
- Repeated complaints about the group or our rules
- Statements in the group that lead the admin to believe that you are unhappy in the group or would like to be removed
- Using the group as a platform for your own agenda including an agenda against sprouting into other local gifting groups
- Offers of any goods or services you’d like to share, loan, or give away.
- Requests for any goods or services you’d like to share, borrow, or keep.
- Gratitude posts! Gratitude is key, it’s what fuels the magic.
- Gifts of self: A Gift of Self is something that one member can do for another. It could be an evening of babysitting, a ride for an errand, help in the garden, a request for a spiritual act like prayer or meditation, or anything else that one neighbor might do for another neighbor.
- Gifts of talent: A Gift of Talent is anything that one member can teach another. Examples include: cooking or canning classes, computer lessons, tutoring or anything else that you would like to learn or teach.
- Gifts of time: A Gift of time refers to offering or asking for someone to spend time with. Examples include: jogging/walking/workout buddies, coffee/tea meet-ups, play dates for kids or pets, organizing an activity for the members of your group. This does not include open invitations to attend events that are also advertised elsewhere and open to the public, unless the recipient will be attending as a guest (or date) of the giver.
We welcome discussions that are sparked by the gives, asks, and gratitude posted in the groups. All of our stuff and gifts of self can be great starting points for building connections between us. If a discussion heads into controversial territory that threatens to divide more than unite, we will turn off commenting.
We ask that every discussion start naturally in response to a give, and ask, or sharing of gratitude. This group isn’t a great place for personal status updates, but the good news is that members can always befriend each other online or in-person for personal discussions.
These discussions must remain civil and respectful, and must remain on topic. We welcome all perspectives about the groups, and respect that an emotional post, and even an angry post that uses profanity or directly targets another member by name but without using threats or hate speech, may not necessarily be considered uncivil or need to be removed. If you are unsure if a link is suitable to share, please check with your Administrator before posting.
Keep it legal
- Don’t offer or request anything illegal. Follow all national, regional, and local laws, as well as Facebook’s Community Guidelines
- The Buy Nothing Project also prohibits giving or asking for items that endorse or oppose any current political party, candidate, or ballot option.
Keep it civil
Each group is open to every adult living within that group’s boundaries. We have no restrictions about philosophy, politics, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class, beliefs, or values.
As such, our groups are diverse and allow us all to experience what it’s like to give, receive, and share with people who may not experience the world as we do. We are each empowered to make our own choices here, and that requires communication that doesn’t include such things as personal insults, slurs, or anything that veers toward hate speech.
We are an inclusive, egalitarian movement, not open to active haters. We encourage everyone to report accounts that are responsible for hate speech and hateful action directly to Facebook, so that this platform and this group are safer for all of us.
Respect your neighbors
Do not use our groups as a means for collecting personal information about your neighbors, or to recruit people to join your religion, political philosophy, business or other organization. Our groups are inclusive and civil at their core. All group members should be respected as equals, just as they are.
Participate as yourself
Give from your own abundance
Buy (and Sell/Trade) Nothing
Ask and give creatively
Instead of asking for the money to buy what you need, simply ask for what you need.
Instead of offering a monetary donation, offer something that might help your neighbor in some other way.
Remember Our Mission
Please read through The Fine Print carefully before posting.
All members participate at their own risk.
Here are some suggestions for crafting your posts and comments. These are not hard-and-fast rules, but are suggestions and requests by the Buy Nothing Project, based on our experiences, and our mission to build and foster healthy hyperlocal gift-economies.
- What a beautiful dresser! (just a comment; we have plenty!)
- Those are adorable shoes! (so sad they aren’t in my size!)
- This is so generous of you! What a great neighbor!
- I think Mary posted what you are looking for just a few days ago!
- I’m out of town right now but I think I have some of these in my pantry. Could you message me on Tuesday if you haven’t already found some by then?
- I don’t have what you are asking for, but I may have some information for you. May I send you a message? (Remember – do not send messages without permission)
- Buy Nothing Project Administrators are volunteer stewards of this international project in their local area. All Buy Nothing Project Administrators agree to uphold, through example and explanation, the Mission of the Buy Nothing Project. Administrators should not be expected to mediate between members, resolve legal matters or negotiate when things don’t go as planned. As all of our members are adults, we expect everyone to handle these matters for themselves. We ask that members handle these issues to the best of their ability with civility and respect.
- The Buy Nothing Project, Founders and Administrators accept no responsibility for any loss, damage, or legal liability that may arise from a member’s participation in our groups. All members participate at their own risk.
- Every group within the Buy Nothing Project network is subject to the same rules and policies, regardless of location or size. The one exception to this statement is with regard to coupons and gift cards. Please ask your local Buy Nothing Project Admin about your group’s policy on coupons and gift cards. All Rules and Standards are subject to change.
- Local Admins reserve the right to delete anything that we feel doesn’t belong in our groups, usually without notice, or to remove members who act in a way that is not in accordance with our Rules, Standards or Principles.
- The goal of the Buy Nothing Project is to create and nourish a network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. To achieve this goal, Local Admins will have the option, when a group has out-grown its current incarnation, to transform it into smaller groups devoted to more hyper-local neighborhood regions. We call this process “Sprouting”. Find out more about this process here.
- To find the right group for you, visit our Find-A-Group page and visit the group page on Facebook. If there’s no Buy Nothing group in your home community and you’re willing to be a local Administrator for the group, click here to learn how to start your own Buy Nothing Project group.
- To join your local group, click “Join”, and you will see 3 questions that we ask all members to verify their eligibility for the group. If you do not see those questions, please send a message to the local Administrator listed in the group description. When the Administrator returns your message, it may be filtered by Facebook. Be sure to check your “message requests” folder for a message!
- If you have a question – ASK! Our Administrators are available to answer your questions, help you find the right group, or provide clarification whenever possible.
- Are you moving? Don’t forget, the Buy Nothing Project has groups all over the world! Every group has the same rules. All groups have a “One Group” policy and a “Give Where You Live” rule. If you are moving out of our neighborhood, our admins would be happy to help you find your new group! Remember to remove yourself from your old group when you go, or ask an admin to remove you. This will assist us in adding you to your new group as soon as we get your request.
- Want to help? Our Local Administrators are essential to the success of this project. Local Administrators are supported by and collaborate with our vast network of Administrators throughout the world, including Founders, Global Admin Team, Regional Administrators and co-admins. If you have a spare hour or two each week and would like to help out with this amazing experiment, send a message to your Local or Regional Administrator and let us know!
- Remember, this project is run entirely by volunteers. We all have busy lives, and sometimes things slip past us! You can help out your neighbors by commenting on their posts, encouraging their gifting, and offering your knowledge and experience of our rules, standards and mission. These comments should be civil, respectful and posted in the group where all members can see and learn from them. We appreciate your help!
- For more, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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