How's it going?
Does anyone remember how I used to do a weekly positivity post?
This is a positivity post. Tell me what your favourite flavour of ice cream is. And tell me something good that happened to you recently.
The Favor Network.
Yes, it sounds illegal. Stay with me!
Remember how people used to rely on each other? Remember how you would go over to your neighbor and ask to borrow a cup of sugar or an egg or a transmission? Well, those days can be here again, thanks to this brave new Internet-aware world!
Picture a social website like couchsurfing.com, except it contains profiles of people willing to do favors for each other. It also contains favor requests, sorted by whatever criteria you like; zip code, type of work able to provide, date, type of work requested, etc.
Examples of types of favors: yardwork, changing lightbulbs for older people who can't reach them, carsharing, moving boxes, fixing a bike tire...whatever sort of favors people are willing to volunteer or barter for.
You need to move a couch? Create an event, enter your details:
Time and date
Length of time
Type of service? Move furniture.
Car required? Yes.
Compensation offered? Cookies.
You want to help out by volunteering this weekend? Create your profile then check the calendar or search the database for favors that fit your schedule or abilities.
The by-product of such unofficial volunteering would be increased community strength and connections. Barn-raisings had the side effect of bringing together the community and strengthening ties between members; a website like this could have the same effect. It has the additional benefit of keeping your volunteer work hyper-local and connected to your neighbors as well, instead of showing up with a bunch of strangers for a one-time event and then never seeing them again.
Alternate ideas: The Volunteer Network, The Barter Network.
I'm not going to set up a website, but I thought other people might be interested in hearing this idea.
Edit: Just Googled bartering websites. Looks like people have tried to do this but I'm not aware of any successful, legit ones. Has anyone had any good experiences with bartering websites? Also, I haven't found a site that is focused primarily on trading volunteer services.
I'm telling you, I love this city. Today's events conspired to make it pretty damn good so far. Lunch time, I notice I have cash in my pocket. Enough cash to go to Humdinger for lunch, in fact. Not only do I have enough, but they're running a lunchtime discount, so I get a huge-ass chocolate malt to go with it. SO GOOD.
As I'm driving back to the office with my delectable eatable booty, I see, walking down the sidewalk, a young lady clad in a plaid skirt and boots, with hair dyed shock red, carrying her shirt in her hand. Topless young women walking around the place, soaking in the sunshine.
Yup, I love this fucking city.
Maybe something that happened to you.
What one thing have you done today to make someone else happy?
Me? I helped someone open a bottle of water.