‘Why buy the drill when all you need is the hole?’ – Making friends with Friends with Things

‘Why buy the drill when all you need is the hole?’ – Making friends with Friends with Things

‘Why buy the drill when all you need is the hole?’ – Making friends with Friends with Things

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by Friends with Things
14/03/2011

At TedX Sydney I heard Rachel Botsman speak, she had a statistic: the average electric drill was used for only 13 minutes over its entire life time.

People didn’t want the drill, they wanted the hole.

I wondered how many other things people own that they seldom used.

I wondered about the environmental cost of manufacturing, transporting and selling all of these things; it must be huge. How much could we help the environment just by sharing what we have?

It made me wonder about how much we consume, about how sustainable our lives are, and wanted to do something about it.

So I decided to start Friends with Things- www.friendswiththings.com - it’s a place where you can share things with, or borrow things from your neighbours for free – from bicycles to power tools, from cameras to sewing machines.

It’s about collaborative consumption and sustainability – but there’s more to it than just helping the environment. At Friends with Things you’re also welcome to share your time, skills and expertise with people – you can even share your local knowledge or connect with local people who share common interests.

In doing this, you make connections with your neighbours - and those connections can help bring back a sense of community and neighbourhood that’s often missing from apartment complexes, city living and suburban sprawl – so it’s a nice way to make friends with your neighbours.

The first challenge:

While there’s already lots of people using Friends with Things every day, and hundreds of things you can share, we face a challenge. We’re up against something marketers call ‘peer permission’. Basically, for people to get involved they have to see other people in their local area already doing it first - so our challenge is to find people willing to lead by example; to become local ambassadors for Friends with Things in their neighbourhood.

So if you think you can take the lead, let us know. You can start by sharing anything you want, local knowledge, a skill, anything you like – every little thing will make a big difference. If you want to find out more about becoming an ambassador for Friends with Things, you can drop us a line at friendswiththings@gmail.com

You can also do some simple things like: -Spreading the word on Facebook; just share the link -Share the link or follow us on Twitter: @ihavethings

We’re also looking for opinion, feedback and expertise, so if you have any thoughts or ideas about how we can improve what we’re doing, have a look at the site and let us know what you think.

Friends with Things, it’s part community notice board, part local market and part ‘town square – it’s a community initiative, it’s free and it always will be.

Many thanks,

Ravi Prasad Project coordinator, Friends with Things Email: friendswiththings@gmail.com Twitter: @ihavethings


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