Myra Anderson heard about the Buy Nothing Project when, struggling to get around after knee surgery, she needed a few supplies. Soon dozens of people had offered to pick up what she needed, at no cost, and strangers began regularly checking in on her. It was the sort of genuine connection Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark envisioned in 2013 when they created Buy Nothing—a gift economy operated on a hyperlocal scale to bring neighbors together through sharing and community. They believed that what Clark had seen in Himalayan villages could be replicated in the US—and the proof is that around the globe people find community in its many forms through their Buy Nothing connections, from communities recovering after hurricanes to neighbors who had not met before. Buy Nothing now has more than four million participants in 6,500 groups in 44 countries.

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