The Friendly Society of the Filk Community

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Watch this space?
pocketnaomi wrote in filk_friendly
I'm planning to start posting outlines of some of the questions we might want to discuss, in deciding how to form a Friendly Society that will work for us, with safeguards for the issues that concern people most. I haven't yet because it's been a messy few days at home and I haven't had the brainpower for it, but please don't wait on me! We have more than thirty members now, and I'd be grateful to any of you who start us off by posting ideas, concerns, questions, suggestions, or anything that will get the ball rolling. I will do it when I can, probably in another couple of days, but nobody needs to wait for me to begin. I'm just the one who initiated this idea, I don't consider myself "in charge of" it, and I'm not by any means the only one supposed to start a thread here. I will if nobody else does, and I will post my own thoughts like everyone else (I hope) will, but I hope someone starts by the time I can.

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It occurs to me that outside of money, filk has a lot of resources that don't get passed around. A lot of people have clothes, musical instruments, children's toys, furniture, etc.

We do a lot of passing things around to people who are pregnant or in need. What if we started a full time swap, sort of a filk-internal freecycle, to redistribute unallocated resources?

Re: Idea for the interim

That's a good idea. I was also thinking of a barter exchange of sorts, a place where people could list skills they were willing to use on other people's behalf, and needs that they had; if you wanted to request that someone do something you can't do yourself, or offer to fill a need on someone's wishlist, email them. No mandatory exchange, but the expectation is that if you take help, you look for an opportunity to pay it forward.

Re: Idea for the interim

That's also a good idea.

Do you want to start two threads, one for stuff people want to donate and one for services people want to donate?

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