NeighborGoods is a safe community where you can save money and resources by sharing stuff with your friends. Do you need a ladder? Borrow it from your neighbour. Have you got a bike collecting dust in your closet? Lend it out and make a new friend.
“The average lawn mower is used for four hours a year. The average power drill is used for only twenty minutes in its entire lifespan. The average car is unused for 22 hours a day, and even when it is being there are normally three empty seats. “
Rachel Botsman, What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Recently, the enormous waste of energies, products and resources in our lives is drawing the attention of many creative people, whose projects, focused on mutual cooperation, go under the phenomenon of sharing economy.
The sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as the peer-to-peer economy, mesh, collaborative economy, collaborative consumption) is a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical resources. read more
The cooperation proposed by this project has also a great social impact: it encourages the building of relations in an environment where they are going lost. Nowadays, with the massive expansion of urban areas, relationships between people living in the same place have increasingly reduced compared to the past. In big cities most of the people spend their days away from their districts, either for work, for business or just for leisure. Moreover, people relocate very frequently, as probably never happened in the past, and this only generates more and more foreigners in neighbourhoods.
Here is Streetwork a parallel European project, which apparently has been much more successful than NeighborGood though.
(remarkable the difference between the American practicalism and cheesiness and the European romanticism).