“Free” Map

[image via Arthur Mag]

People have used ‘free boxes’ since the ’60s to distribute unwanted but still valuable resources in an informal way. See The Diggers and their Free Stores for inspiration. It’s a simple concept: leave something, take something, or both.

Let’s create an updated (i.e. tech-infused) version; a micro-scaled, networked, ‘free’ distribution system for urban areas like the Mission in San Francisco, or rural areas like Joshua Tree. Almost anything can become an instant ‘free’ distribution node: a shelf, a box, a building lobby, a sidewalk. Taking it a bit further, there might be a ‘how to’ guide for folks creating a free node, with a way to ‘tag’ the node — with a sticker, a name, a color — so that people immediately recognize it when they come upon it. And also a web-based digital map (and a mobile app) of all the ‘free’ infrastructure in the whole area. Everyone who creates a node for ‘free’ can then put it on the map. And so on…

I’m thinking this might be one of the first resource-sharing tools our WeCommune incubator builds…

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