One similarity between Bainbridge Island, WA and Philadelphia is an experimental gift economy. Hyperlocal groups are based on the concept of helping neighbors by giving items one person no longer finds useful to others who do. These groups are forming in communities all over the country. No bartering, trading or illegal activity are allowed.
Philadelphia started with one Buy Nothing group and has grown to around 15 in total. The groups form neighborhood by neighborhood and administrators of each group check to ensure every member lives within the boundaries of their specific group. Once a new member has been added, they have access to a page filled with things people are giving away, wishes and gratitude.
“There are only three kinds of posts allowed in the group,” said Brittany Hess, an administrator of the Graduate Hospital/Point Breeze/Newbold Buy Nothing Group.
People post requests for things others may have around their house to give, pictures and descriptions of items they are looking to give away themselves or gratitude for a person they gifted something too or got something from. The idea is an economy where neighbors help neighbors as opposed to similar concepts