The one-stop shop for neighbourhood sharing is here!
Streetbank and Freeconomy unite to become the one-stop shop for neighbourhood sharing
The UK's two largest neighbourhood sharing projects - with members in over 184 countries - are uniting to become the one-stop shop for neighbourhood sharing. At a time when awareness of ecological and financial crises is acute, and calls for tackling social exclusion and loneliness are prevalent, projects like Streetbank and Freeconomy highlight a positive trend of altruism and help foster generosity in our communities through the simple act of lending, sharing skills and re-homing preloved items.
From now on, anyone visiting justfortheloveofit's website will be redirected to Streetbank, where they can sign up to become part of Streetbank's growing movement of neighbours sharing and giving away everything from baby clothes to furniture, harvest apples to baking skills, guitars to camping gear.
Sam from Streetbank tells his side of the story:
“In early November I received an unexpected email from Mark Boyle, Moneyless Man and founder of the pioneering alternative economy website Freeconomy. Mark invited us to meet to discuss how we could work together. Over several Skype chats and a vegan meal here at Streetbank HQ with the team, we got to know each other and it quickly became clear that Freeconomy and Streetbank have an extraordinarily similar ethos.
What’s more, it was clear the two projects would be so much stronger if they came together. Mark, having lived a life of generosity, showed us what that really meant by suggesting that he extend an invitation to the Freeconomy membership to join Streetbank and merge his project with ours – that is what is happening now.
We’re honoured to be working with Mark, delighted to collaborate, and excited by the prospect of how our combined membership will strengthen the neighbourhood sharing movement. We welcome the Freeconomy community to Streetbank with open arms.”
Mark (aka Moneyless Man) explains why he’s excited about the new merger:
"After pouring my soul into Freeconomy for six years, joining forces with another organisation isn’t something I do lightly. Making the decision to unite with Streetbank so that we can be of better service to the world was easy though -- an inspiring mission, common values, a great platform and, most importantly, a fantastic team of people determined to take the sharing economy to communities everywhere. The potential is huge and very exciting."
If you are new to Streetbank please have a click around – we hope you’ll find it easy to use. Don’t hesitate to make a request of, or offer something to, your neighbours. Our experience is that neighbours are amazingly generous!