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So you want to build a new Sharing Center?
Well, you’re in the right place!
We would love to help and guide you through this amazing process and share our and other organizations’ best practices.
Building Your Sharing Center
Building your Sharing Center is very easy, but also very specific. It depends on the region you are in, laws, community restrictions, preferences, your partners, funding and many other things. That is why we highly recommend to contact us directly with your project, so we can help you build and tailor your Sharing Center in the best possible way.
Below are however 3 main questions and couple of things to keep in mind before building your Sharing Center. Good luck!
What type of Sharing Center you want to build?
This purely depends on your possibilities and what is the most suitable for your neighborhood. We believe that members of the community know the best.
Sharing Box is the easiest to produce, simply by using a piece of furniture or approaching a local craftsman to build a masterpiece to impress the world.
Sharing Fridge is the most difficult as energy supply needs to be assured. As it is also most often used for sharing a perishable food it requires additional measures taken to assure harmlessness of the shared items and it is the most challenging from the legal perspective in some regions.
Sharing Bulletin is a nice addon you can add to every Sharing Center to make it possible for a community to share the information.
You need to also assure that you are not breaching any legal restrictions and mainly that your Sharing Center is not putting anyone in danger.
Where to build the center? This is very important – you want to choose a good location that gets enough attention and traffic from the community, is easily accessible to the public, so that you can help as many people as possible. It has to be accessible to all members of the community and not discriminate anyone. This could be anywhere where you have the permission from a place owner, such as a place near a church or public institution such as schools, townhalls, bus stations or even a shopping mall or simply in front of your house. It should also be a place that is safe, not putting anyone in immediate danger or attracting any negative attention, and should not be nuisance to the neighborhood.
Who is going to build, install and maintain your center?
These are essential parts of the process and it is important to decide early on how your center will be built and organized after.
It is essential to decide who is going to maintain your center. Safety is very important, and therefore maintenance should be on the top of your list. You need to arrange for the center to be cleaned on a regular basis and maintained in case of any damage.
After building your Sharing Center
If you have any other questions, just ask us!
Do you have any other questions?
Feel free to ask what you are curious about!