The Freeconomy Community's http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/
aim is to help reconnect people in their local communities through the simple act of sharing. Not only is sharing our resources better for the environment, it saves you money and builds friendships with those people who live closest to you. It is what we call a WIN-WIN-WIN situation.
Everything is shared for FREE on Freeconomy, and no money changes hands between members.
One of the critical reasons that we have so many major issues in the world today - such as climate change, sweatshops, and wars over oil reserves, factory farms, polluted oceans and rivers - is because we never have to see the direct repercussions that our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect. The degrees of separation between the consumer and the consumed have increased so much that it now, conveniently, means that people are completely unaware of the levels of destruction and suffering involved in the making of the 'stuff' they purchase. We have no longer any idea how much embodied energy has gone into the things we consume. The main reason we have no appreciation for this energy is because we are so disconnected from what we buy. The tool that has enabled us to be so disconnected, so separated from what we consume, is money, especially in it modern globalized format.
Take this for an example. If we grew our own food, we wouldn't waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn't throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn't defecate in it.
If we could see the child working under military presence in a sweatshop, we would probably think twice about buying that new pair of jeans on the High St. If we could see the face of the mother in Iraq as her child lies dead from a cluster bomb, we'd probably think twice about going on an oil-guzzling cheap flight for the weekend. If we could see the size of the landfill sites where our 'stuff' goes, we would probably have a lot more respect for what we have and use.
Money, as a method of easily storing wealth, has also enabled humans to bank exploitation - of people, the environment and animals - and has also replaced communities, friendships and families as the No.1 source of security for people.
What's our “pay-it-forward“
The philosofree behind the Freeconomy community differentiates it from other forms of alternative economy.
Whilst others are still focused on the concept of exchange, Freeconomy is based on 'Pay-it-forward' principles and economics. One week someone who you have never helped may share their time, skills, tools or spare spaces with you for free; another week someone who has never helped you may ask you to do the same. Every time you help someone you just ask him or her to 'pay the favor forward'.
Not only do you then still have access to a huge resource, you also build the trust and friendships in communities that inevitably form when someone does something 'just for the love of it'.
This is our point - if somebody needs help, why do we need to get anything in return? Is the fact that another human being needs your help not excuse enough?
So what is it all about?
It's about helping others and providing an opportunity for others to help you.
It's about sharing the skills you have learnt through your life and learning those you haven't for a time when you may need them.
It's about sharing your tools so you can have access to all the tools under the sun without it costing the earth.
It's about using any free space you have to either benefit positive, ethical and local projects, or to enable volunteers to keep doing their amazing work for free.
It's about getting to know people in your own community.
It's about learning to help each other again.
It's about getting ready for a post peak oil world.
It's about making dinner for a friend who was yesterday a stranger.
It's about putting the soul back into society.
It's about helping each other not for profit, but just for the love of it...
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The Following Freeconomist will inspire you to live without money
(Jürgen Wagner (Öff Öff))
(Neojamin X )
World freeconomy group
(forest row uk)
10 Moneyless People for your inspiration
Mark Boyle- The founder of The Freeconomy Community (related talks and interview)
Mark Boyle "The Moneyless Man" TEDxO'Porto Casa da Música, 21 de Março 2011
"Pay It Forward" song by Charlie Pride "Chain Of Love"
"Pay It Forward" song by Clay Walker “chain of love”
Freeconomy website title song "Just For The Love Of It" By charlie Pride
“Pay it Forward” movie
The Freeconomy Community,
Websites to get out of cash economy
This event aims to celebrate DIY culture, collective skill-sharing, and promote participation and activism as a healthy component for a functioning democratic society. The festival aims to empower people of all walks of life to get involved and take action on the issues that they feel passionate about.
The festival will introduce new people to activism, introduce the idea of sharing skills, radicalize people who are active already, develop skills in strategy and movement building in Ireland & introduce new challenging concepts.
Judson Memorial Church: We think the arts make life worth living and celebrate the secular and sacred in all that we do, including worship and how we use the inheritance of our glorious space.
A church, performing arts space, and social justice center that is a little bit different and committed to making a difference.
The Judson Memorial Church is located on Washington Square South between Thompson and Sullivan Streets, opposite Washington Square Park, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City. It is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and with the United Church...
The Way post coffee shop, home of Destination DIY listening parties as well as cool art, strong coffee and interesting people.
Schumacher College runs courses around sustainability, using a transformative approach in helping organizations understand and find solutions for environmental and social problems.
We have been thinking hard about time banking and consulting with our membership, and we are making some significant changes to the organization from its vision, purpose and ways of working, through to new branding and a new website
"Lift sharing", "ride-sharing", "car-sharing" or "carpooling" -it doesn't matter what you call it, it boils down to the same thing - two or more people sharing a car to get from A to B rather than driving alone. The benefits are numerous both for yourself, your family, your community and the environment
MyLifts on demand UK Carshare Liftshare Rideshare Search Match Share trips
The new way to travel and save money doing it! BlablaCar carpooling service offers the largest car share and rideshare options in Europe.
FreeBus is a non-profit organisation representing more than 700 members. The project aims to expand to other areas of the city and to establish the world's first major non-profit public transport group.
Greentyres are at the forefront of technology for puncture proof
tyres development with in-house design and production capability.
Greentyres process is clean, non carcinogenic, is CFC free and
releases no harmful toxins to the atmosphere. The products
Produced are long lasting, never fail can be recycled making
them truly earth friendly.
The company's commitment to the environment extends to the use of photo voltaic cells at the Middlesbrough production unit to convert the suns rays to electricity.
Sustrans makes smarter travel choices possible, desirable and inevitable. We're a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organizations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.
The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity, working to safeguard the footpaths, the countryside and other places we go walking, and to encourage more people to take up walking. With 119,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales, we've been working for walkers for 76 years.
Dictionary definition: To rustle, as silk
Our definition: To rustle clothes from friends
We all love fabulous new clothes but not the unfortunate side effects. Our bank managers don't understand the importance of shiny new shoes, and buying heaps of new stuff is pretty terrible for the planet. Whats a girl to do?
Swishing is shopping without these hangovers. We all bring nice, clean, presentable clothes that are lurking unloved in our wardrobe, and other girls fall in love with them and give them a good home. You might bring one sweater and take two pairs of shoes, or hang a party frock on the ˜Swishing Rail" and take a pair of skinny jeans and feather boa.
:The Sharehood aims to build joyful, sustainable and resilient communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours and share with them.
: Livemocha is the worlds most popular language learning site. Learn online with our award winning course and practice with native speakers. Best way to learn a new language.
:Free Music Portal and Psytrance Netlabel. Ektoplazm is a community-supported free music portal and netlabel group devoted to psytrance, techno, and downtempo:
Jersey City Free Books is a community book exchange.
Stop by to pick up a book or donate your books for others to use and enjoy.
Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals daily for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food, and every week handing out hundreds of weekend take-home packages of groceries. In 2009, Masbia expanded from one kitchen and dining hall in Brooklyn's Boro Park, to a four-kitchen network throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.
a bicycle-powered mobile library for people living outside
So far we have 1,971 articles in English, written and edited by 2,313 hitchhikers around the globe. Feel free to share your knowledge with us.
I have finally decided to put my life on the line, or at least online. I have tried to include any information that anyone searching for me would be interested in and, hopefully, have included something of interest to anyone who happens upon this site inadvertently.
A great place for all: This is a place where you can listen the sweet lyrics and music which attaches you to the god. Listen the stories about Sikh religion and have breakfast, lunch and dinner without paying anything.
ArvindGuptaToys.com. Gallery of Books And Toys courtesy Arvind Gupta the Toy Maker. Have fun and learn through Toys and Books.
Craig list provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community, and events
Hospitality exchange with BeWelcome free network for better intercultural understanding
Free network of people around the world who offer free accommodation, advice and help when they are traveling - hospitality exchange. Free membership
Imagine an alternative to the capitalist economic system! Take steps to become money-free, both locally & globally...
Welcome! The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,977 groups with 8,729,026 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun!
The ReUseIt Network is an on-line forum that serves as a tool to make connections between community members who want to help each other, themselves, and their environment.
Have you ever picked up something you found on the sidewalk? Or saved your neighbor from throwing away something useful?
Times Up is a New York City-based not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.
What is Greeniversity?
In a nutshell, Greeniversity is people from Peterborough getting together to learn green skills from other local people who have skills they are willing to share.
Greeniversity offers a range of free courses taught by ordinary people. There are courses about how to grow your own veg, how to knit, how to customise charity shop clothes, how to ride (and service) your bike, and even how to insulate your loft.
You could take a one off lesson or a five week course â€“ Greeniversity is very flexible. Itâ€™s all free and the idea is to have fun and meet new people while you learn how to be a little greener.
MyZeroWaste.com | Read the Green family's blog about reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill each week.
Use ecomodo to lend and borrow each other's everyday objects, skills and spaces with confidence. Choose to lend for free, for a fee or for charity.
LetsAllShare is a FREE site that helps you rent, borrow, lend or giveaway things amongst friends, neighbours, colleagues or anyone really. You control what you share, with whom & how, i.e for free, for a fee or both! Getting started is easy, just click Post An Item to add things you own to the site or search to find what you are looking for.
Dont throw it away, give it away on Freegle! You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there's something you'd like, someone nearby might have one.
Freelender: sharing the wealth of the community
We take all computer equipment, free of charge, working or not, in any condition.
GEOECOLOGY ENERGY ORGANISATION [GEO] is a registered Public Charitable Trust formed by people who have been closely associated with the work of various Institutions involved in ENVIRONMENTAL, CLIMATE CHANGE, NATURAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES - AGRICULTURE, TERRA PRETA, WATER, ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOO...
CMSimple is a simple content management system for smart maintainance of small commercial or private sites. It is simple - small - smart!
The global hub for those who cultivate land as guerrilla gardeners. Let's fight the filth with forks and flowers.
4th September 2011 - Scavenger re-launches it's new an improved website. We are no longer at scavenger.org.uk and have moved to www.scavenger.ws
! 6th August 2011 - New website coming soon. Launched planned for September. 21st July 2011 - Currently on the hunt for volunteers for the new Scavenger...
Thanks to everyone who responded to our free screening campaign in April, weâ€™ve now had over 100 public screenings of â€œLiving Without Moneyâ€ in almost 20 countries ! Check out our map below. Weâ€™ll announce a similar campaign this fall.
Creating local water points, for free water on the go!
Trade books for free with our online book swap. We are not just Paperbacks! Enjoy easy 1:1 trades on hardbacks, audiobooks, textbooks, romance novels, sci-fi, homeschool books and more.
BookHopper: The UK's free book sharing shop! Free second-hand book exchange - share books you've read and request new books from others, recycle books, used for new books. It's like a book swap or book swapping site, but it's more like book share site. Includes book discussion forum and shopping -...
It's easy to find books, share books, and meet fellow book lovers.
We are a tight-knit community whose participants educate themselves about careful decision-making and share knowledge to help keep everyone safer.
The UK's biggest car-sharing service. Free website with over 70million journeys available for sharing in the UK.
Fergus Drennan www.wildmanwildfood.com
Wild Man Wild Food is the website of professional forager Fergus Drennan. Foraging the woods of the UK for wild mushrooms and plants Fergus then creats recipes and cooks the fruit of his labour.
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Find others going your way so you can car-share together.
Save money, cut your carbon and have fun! Great for both drivers and passengers.
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