Can’t Give It Away…
“Hey Phantom, what’s going on with Greenwich Freecycle?”
The Phantom replies:
Colin, if there is one thing that you can almost guarantee with any group of people it is that there will be Politics. Some people will think one thing, others will think something else and inevitably things will come to blows. It doesn’t matter how big or small the group – in fact often the smaller the group the more vicious and personal the argument. This usually ends with a split – two groups doing exactly the same thing, both thinking that they’re the ‘real’ thing, and each hating the other’s guts.
While I can’t tell you anything of the politics ‘what’s going on’ (because I don’t know them…) I can tell you that there is now a breakaway group in Greenwich doing the free-cycle thing.
In case you don’t know what the Freecycle movement is, it’s basically a Yahoo Group where people advertise things they no longer need that would otherwise go to landfill and other people who need them take the things off their hands.
I think it’s brilliant and although I’ve only ever got two tomato plants off it, I’ve got rid of all kinds of junk over the years – stuff I don’t need but would have felt ‘guilty’ about chucking away but can give to someone else with an open heart.
Something’s been brewing over the past months between the local administrator and sundry users. I don’t know what it is and I don’t want to know – I certainly don’t want the argument to pop up here, okay? I get no pleasure for seeing people who I am sure have only good intentions, on both sides, fall out. To be honest I began to weary of the obscure emails I was getting as a member of the mailing list and since it wasn’t my fight anyway, I confess I quietly moved them to my junk folder. So I have to thank Lara for actually continuing to read them and tell me to take a peek at the latest ones.
Suffice to say that this particular spat has got out of hand and the local moderator has been asked to resign from the official movement. She’s upset about this, saying that she’s not had any explanation for the request.
She sent round an email asking that if she started her own version (with a different name) would members be interested, as an extra thing – she’s not interested in all-or-nothing – you could be part of both hers and the official Yahoo group. She presumably got a favourable response as the new group is now up and running.
“This Group is primarily about Recyling items to keep them out of landfill. This site will allow you to Swap Items, and a community cafe to exchange idea’s such as recipies, gardening tips, suggestions, advice and information.”
If you want to try the new group it’s here.
I’m not sure what will happen with official Greenwich Freecycle. Such a shame when things like this, that start out with the very best of intentions, have issues that break up friendships.