Buy Nothing 10 Rules

Buy Nothing Project Short & Sweet Version of the Mission, Rules, Tenets, and Attribution.
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1) The Buy Nothing Project Mission & Rules
Give. Ask. Borrow. Lend. Share Gratitude. We are a Gift Economy movement.
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2) Keep it legal 

Anything legal is allowed as a gift/ask. Follow all national and local laws, as well as this platform’s Community Guidelines/Regulated Goods list. 

3) Show your humanity 

No cruelty, harassment, or hate speech. The Buy Nothing Project Equity Team wrote the Community Agreement to facilitate communication and strengthen connections in Buy Nothing groups:

4) Build trust

Trust is the foundation of this gift economy. Act with honesty and empathy, using each interaction to build community. Stealing is prohibited. Don’t pressure others via private message.

5) Give Freely

All gifts must be given freely without any expectation of reward other than the joy of giving and connecting. No buying, selling, bartering, trading, advertising, or marketing of goods or services allowed. 

6) Participate as Yourself

Join and participate in your local Buy Nothing community’s Facebook group as yourself, using your personal Facebook profile. 

7) Give from Your Own Abundance

Please focus on what you can share from your own hands, heart, time, and stuff.

8) Participate At Your Own Risk

The Buy Nothing Project, Founders, Community Leaders, and Group Admins accept no responsibility or legal liability for any loss, damage, illness, or injury arising out of group activities.

9) Respect Local Buy Nothing Culture 

See this community’s conversation and pinned posts for information about this group’s localized rules and norms that bring the Buy Nothing ethos to life. 

10) Buy Nothing Project Attribution 

This group is a local iteration of the Buy Nothing Project and agrees to the terms of the Buy Nothing Project co-founders’ copyrights that allow for non-commercial use of their open source foundational documents, with full credit by name and link. These works were created by Liesl Clark & Rebecca Rockefeller on behalf of the Buy Nothing Project, This document carries this license:

Most recent update: 5 July 2021

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This page updated 12 July 2021. Copyright Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller, the Buy Nothing Project