The three day gathering of AJUDADA took place on the 14, 15 and 16 of June in Portalegre, Portugal. The big challenge for organisers and participants was to explore the potential of the gift economy, both during the preparatory phase and the event itself. Together they tried to answer the following key question: What can we accomplish when we share the resources and skills present in our community, so that all of us have an active, invaluable role in creating a prosperous future?
We are a grassroots & entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own Towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free. And now you can also set up your own, smaller personal Friends Circle for gifting and lending of items with just your friends!
“It is thus that man, who can subsist only in society, was fitted by nature to that situation for which he was made. All members of human society stand in need of each others assistance …. [w]here the necessary assistance is reciprocally afforded from love, from gratitude … the society flourishes and is happy.” Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
It’s in November 2005 that Ridesharing.com (previously known as The Carpooling Network) made its debut in the world of mobility with the first objective to facilitate carpooling for daily commute in the Greater Montreal area. Over the years, the company has deployed in several regions of Canada by working with employers, colleges, universities and municipal authorities to promote carpooling as an alternate mode of transportation. Following a major transformation in 2015 to highlight the company’s 10 years, a new platform has been developed to integrate online payment and seat booking for long distance ride share. With the new platform launched in 2016 and thanks to electronic money transfers, cash in hand payment between passengers and the driver is now thing of the past!
At the core of the sharing transformation is timeless wisdom updated for today — that it’s only through sharing, cooperation, and contribution to the common good that it’s possible to create lives and a world worth experiencing.