Better World Radio Episode 05 – Buy Nothing


It started as a community experiment on a rural island in the Pacific Northwest. Back then, members of the Buy Nothing Project gathered once a week to share home-baked goods and bounty from their gardens. In just two years the project expanded to become the world’s most organized “gift economy,” with 781 groups in 13 countries and more than 170,000 members.

The Buy Nothing mission is to offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. We interview one of the founders of the project and two group admins who give us some insight into how these groups actually work, and how communities worldwide are being impacted by this exciting new movement.

This month’s episode:
1. Buy nothing, give freely: We interview one of the founders of the Buy Nothing Project and find out how this movement is changing the way we interact with our neighbors.

2. Better world roundup, (or: a man, a plan, and a shoe): A new invention enables shoes to grow with you, providing sturdy, long-lasting footwear to needy children worldwide. Also, how two teens are creating affordable mobile housing for Seattle’s homeless community.

3. Who’s on first?: Some wisdom from Jon Siegel, TisBest Executive Director.

As mentioned in the show, 7 vetted charities doing relief work in Nepal following the earthquake.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or use this RSS feed in your podcatcher of choice. To download the episode right click here and select “Save as”.