The Buy Nothing Academy

A Self-Paced Online Course

Course Outline:

Lesson 1:  Buy Nothing Project Mission Statement, Community Commitment, and Community Agreement

Lesson 2:  What a Gift Economy Looks Like

Lesson 3:  How to Build Your Local Gift Economy

Lesson 4:  Buy Nothing Culture: People Over Stuff

Lesson 5:  Diverse Communities Give the Gift of Growth 

Lesson 6:  Social Justice & Equity For All

Lesson 7:  Why & How

If you’d like to start right in, please go to Lesson 1.

How to Use this Course

Each lesson will include the lesson itself, links to outside resources, a roundup of links at the end of each lesson, and most lessons will have an activity, too. Any links embedded in a lesson will also be in the links list at the end of the lesson for you to click through after you’ve finished reading, if that’s easier for you to do. The activities are all optional. If you wish to listen instead of read, check your smartphone or tablet for the built-in Accessibility settings. Many laptops and mobile devices provide a Text-to-Speech feature to have your device read to you.

Expectations & Communication

There are volunteers available to answer your questions in the comments of this online course. If you’re looking for something you can’t find in this course, you can reach out to a Buy Nothing Librarian with your question. There are two binding contracts provided for all interactions among our community participants. The Community Commitment is specifically for the BuyNothingapp. The Community Agreement, which was created by the Equity Team, is for all other Buy Nothing communities. We recommend you read both of them, but please be sure to familiarize yourself with at least one of them to guide your connections during this course. 


Please Go To Lesson 1.

© 2021 Liesl Clark, Rebecca Rockefeller, and Jennifer Lansdowne on behalf of the Buy Nothing Project. All Rights Reserved.

2 thoughts

  1. I learned a lot looking at some of the videos and really understanding the concept of the buy nothing group with community sharing and sustainability. I look forward to being part of this in my community and commit to reducing single use plastics!

  2. I learnt a lot going through all the lessons on this academy course. I whole heartedly support the idea of buy nothing to reduce/reuse/recycle. We all have lot of stuff that we dont need/want so its good idea to pass it on to the community.

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