Streetbank

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The Streetbank is a UK-based network that helps users share equipment and skills with their neighbours. It was launched in 2010 by Sam Stephens and Ryan Davies.[1]  

The purpose of Streetbank is to boost local communities by encouraging people to get to know their neighbours.[2][3]

The website has 60,000 members worldwide.[4]  It was rated by The Times as one of the "50 websites you can’t live without".[5]

Accounts are free to set up. Once the account is set up the user will receive emails from other users living nearby. Users can offer items for free or to lend, or offer skills. Members can also make requests and provide information ("notices"). User can choose the size of their "neighbourhood" and can opt to receive messages from other users living within one, five or ten miles.

History[edit]

The Streetbank was founded in 2010, as a not for profit organization. Founder Sam Stephens says he got the idea when he saw a neighbour using a pair of hedge cutters and realised he needed to borrow some.[6]

In 2012 and 2013, Streetbank was awarded funding by Nesta.[7][8]

On October 2013, Streetbank 2.0[9] was launched.

In 2014, Streetbank merged with Freeconomy, a similar organisation set up by "Mark Boyle (the moneyless man)".[5] Mark continued as part of the Streetbank leadership team.

Partnerships[edit]

In 2014, Streetbank merged with Freeconomy, a similar organisation set up by "Mark Boyle (the moneyless man)".[10] Mark continued as part of the Streetbank leadership team.

Press articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Hero: Sam Stephens".
  2. ^ "Students: where to find free stuff".
  3. ^ "Introducing Streetbank: a new tool for rethinking resources".
  4. ^ "Streetbank - Nesta".
  5. ^ a b "50 top websites you can't live without".
  6. ^ "Streetbank: The Neighbours Social Network Website".
  7. ^ "Innovation in Giving Fund makes further awards to boost social action".
  8. ^ "Streetbank civic exchange".
  9. ^ "The launch of Streetbank 2.0".
  10. ^ "Streetbank - The one-stop shop for neighbourhood sharing is here!". Streetbank.com.

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