This is discussion about ClosestCloset.Com - Self sustaining communities by sharing locally..
I've been reading a lot of these entries and I am completely interested in collaborating with anyone interested in linking up and working a little closer to reach some of our goals.
It's so hard though. I know that I've worked really hard and invested a lot of time and money in making my project come to life, and the thought of it dissipating into something else makes me a little nervous, but the truth is, it's kind of counter-intuitive and counter-productive to try and "protect" MY idea and not work toward the ultimate goal.
I get irritated easily when I feel someone else's mission is really "money" underneath a really pretty shield of "doing the right thing," or "making the world a better place." But I find myself feeling this fear, that if I let go of Closest Closet to collaborate with others, that the mission will somehow get diluted and won't really be "mine." I'm trying to let go of that. The mission supersedes me. I get that.
So, although I am trying to work my way through all the entries and make an invite to any of you, please feel free to do the same. And if anyone has any feedback, suggestions, ideas, anything, let's let the collaboration begin here. Why wait to get to Denver? Good luck everyone!
Your website looks great and you have a wonderful personal story. Thanks for posting your idea!
I did have a few questions after reading your entry and wondered if you could update it to say more.
- you mention having some local swap meets, which would bring people together, but can you say more about how this idea really helps to connect people and build strong communities?
- there are a lot of sites and projects out there that are similar to this (everything from the freecycling movement to craigslist), which you acknowledge as well in your comment. how are you going to differentiate your site and attract an audience?
- it seems like the success of the site will depend heavily on getting enough people to use - and especially to offer - services and goods. can you give any more details about how you plan to find and engage people to offer services and use the site?
Good luck with the project!
Thank you so much Rebecca for taking the time to read this entry and ask your questions. Any clarity to the entry that I can give will be much appreciated by other readers I'm sure.
I've updated my entry to include the answers to your questions. I hope my changes help give a deeper understanding to this project.
If anyone reading this discussion didn't feel as though the questions were answered to your satisfaction, please let me know and I'll be happy to explain more.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine has selected Closest Closet (Joanna Basinger) as one of three finalists in their 5th annual People's Choice Award. FMI: http://www.nrcm.org/peoples_choice_vote.asp
The sunrise guide, a guide to living sustainably in southern Maine has also just notified me that I will be featured in their fall edition in a special new section entitled "green heros."