Streetbank - Sharing in Your Community
I wanted to let you know about www.streetbank.com, a website that gives neighbours an opportunity to lend, give away or offer time and skills to anyone living within a mile of their home. The aims are to bring people together to reduce consumption, foster generosity and sharing amongst neighbours, and promote collaboration on everything and anything from food growing to bike fixing to ladder sharing. We find a lot of parents like to use it too to pass on no-longer-wanted baby items, children's clothes and so forth.
I've been part of a couple of Transition groups as well as putting in some groundwork to help set up Chiswick Transition. I think Transition is a super network and a brilliant way to bring communities together. At the first public Chiswick Transition meeting, Sam - one of the co-founders of www.streetbank.com - came along to meet us and talk about his project. I thought it was such a super initiative that I started helping spread the word about Streetbank in my spare time and as a result I'm now working at SB a couple of days a week to help support communities in the sorts of activities we want to promote, such as skill-sharing and reducing consumption.
Anyway, do check out www.streetbank.com - I love the idea that Transition groups across the UK (and world) will be able to make use of Streetbank and tap into the platform we're providing. We've just won a NESTA Innovation in Giving award, which is going to make it possible for us to develop the site even further over the next few months.
If you like facebook and twitter, we're on there too:
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and hopefully working with lots of Transitioners to help achieve more sustainable communities!
Hi Tess, i hope you're still on this thread. I have a thought. Would it be possible to creat some form of sharing widget that transitioners could put on their website and would link into their local streetank?
I work with the Transition Network's REconomy Project and would love to see this become a reality. You can contact me via here http://www.reconomyproject.org/?page_id=520 or we could continue to chat on this forum
Thanks for the introduction to StreetBank Tess. I recently began reading about sites that coordinate sharing. I'd love to do this with my neighborhood and with my church as well.
Here is a very insightful article on neighborhood sharing with a good discussion as well.
I recently created an account on sharetribe.com to try it out with my church. Since we are a group that already trust each other (a tribe) it made sense to find a sharing site that allowed us to share some items (valuable) privately. It also allows us to share things publicly too. I hope to start testing it soon.
I'm going to check out StreetBank as well. Seems like a great one for neighborhoods.