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be the start of a nation that shares ..

May 29, 2013

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#DAY 29: We are so proud to be part of Be the Start and today is Ecomodo day! From lovely people at Start Be the Start is a campaign that celebrates living well & doing good by encouraging each of us to start something amazing this May 2013.  Over the past month we have been collecting a whole bunch of items (with little stories) to spark your imagination around what you can share on ecomodo.com.

Celebrate today and start sharing! Follow these 3 simple steps to be the start of a nation that shares ..

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1. Sign up .. it’s free to join!

Once registered we will keep you updated of new items to borrow and wanted ads near you. And choose to create a lending circle for your ‘hood.

2. Add items to lend to inspire others to share

Using Ecomodo.com you can choose to lend your items for free, for a fee to keep yourself or to donate your earnings to charity. Opt for deposits & insurance for extra peace of mind. Not sure what to lend? Get inspired

3. Tell a friend ..

Invite your friends, neighbours & work colleagues to join ecomodo. And if you’re having a Big Lunch this Sunday .. invite your fellow lunchers too!

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A bit about .. be the start!

With the help of an army of businesses and organisations across the country (M&S, Waitrose, B&Q and Ecomodo to name but a few), Be the Start is all about celebrating how living sustainably is a extremely meaningful and rewarding way to live. The aim is to help every single person in the UK discover how we can each make a unique and important contribution to a more sustainable and all-round lovelier Britain.

Check out Start’s Pinterest boards for a wealth of ideas about how to live sustainably. Be the start you want to see in the world!

sharing our prized possessions ..

April 4, 2013

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“As Leonard Nimoy famously quoted: “The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have”. Through the kind act of lending and borrowing, we can enrich our communities; creating strong friendships within neighbourhoods and a greater sense of self worth ..” Read on

This opening paragraph is the start of a fantastic article written about Ecomodo by the lovely people at Inspired Times. Inspired Times is an uplifting magazine magazine that explores the latest environmental issues and initiatives and celebrates holistic living.

It’s well worth a look so check out the rest of their Spring 2013 issue.

tackling confidence in peer-to-peer lending ..

January 30, 2013

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Recently, we were interviewed by Marke2ing, a strategic marketing company that specialises in bringing growth to ambitious businesses that do good and help others do good. Amongst many other things, they are extremely interested in the whole area of collaborative consumption and it’s potential to be the next disruptive innovation.

Check out our interview here > Ecomodo – tackling the confidence issue in peer-to-peer goods.

we’re partnering with Age UK ..

December 19, 2012

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Nesta recently run an Open Innovation programme for charities to find new ways to overcome major challenges within their sector. Through the Cabinet Office’s Innovation in Giving Fund, managed by Nesta, we had the opportunity to meet with a number of these charities and explore ways to collaborate.

Through the process we spoke to Age UK, who were very interested in the potential of working with ecomodo on a sharing platform that raises donations while reducing isolation in old age. And we are delighted to recently hear that Age UK was one of the 10 charities accepted to go forward.

Working together, the idea is to build on Ecomodo’s existing platform and for Age UK to explore new business model based on skills-sharing whilst encouraging older people to actively engage in society.

Paul Farthing, fundraising director at Age UK, says: “By working with Ecomodo, we believe we have found a way to bring these two challenges together, and generate an income stream that could be a long-term, sustainable platform for Age UK to fund its services.”

We are incredibly excited by this opportunity to work alongside one of the biggest charities in the UK. This mutually beneficial partnership can help us deliver the scale we need to drive impact whilst enabling Age UK to deliver on their mission and fundraise in a new way.

With Age UK, we will be exploring two models: a white label option branded as an Age UK and an integrated model where Age-UK offers would appear alongside others charities; to see which is most effective.

For the project, Age UK has been awarded £120,000 from Nesta to support technical development, salary contributions for key staff at Age UK and Ecomodo and market research.

londoners love sharing ..

November 14, 2012

Today is the first ever Global Sharing Day and to mark this historic occasion we are celebrating all of our members and especially those that live throughout London.

Amongst members using Ecomodo across the UK, 30% live within the Greater London area. Every borough in London has people using Ecomodo to share their everyday goods, skills and spaces with others nearby. As well as borrowing locally, Londoners are using Ecomodo to borrow further afield, across the UK,  to gain access to the things they need whilst on holiday, including kayaks, tents, travel cots and pushchairs.

Moving from 2nd place in 2011, Hackney has knocked Lambeth off the top spot and takes the ‘sharing’ crown for 2012 with Islington moving up a massive 3 places to 3rd position. Check out our graphic to see where your borough ranks and get wee taster of some of great items to borrow around London. Help your borough rise in the ranks and sign up for free to Ecomodo today.

.. And see what items you can borrow across London.

About Global Sharing Day ..

Kick-started by The People Who Share, Global Sharing Day has 160 partners and a network of 61 million+ and spans no less than 147 countries. It will see people and organisations across the world coming together to share in all sorts of different ways especially between  1-2pm on 14th November. There are lots of ways to get involved! Follow #GlobalSharingDay on Twitter to keep updated.

countdown to the Olympics .. lend your kit!

June 27, 2012

In just 30 days, we will open our doors to share our capital with visitors from across the UK and the world. Many of us watching the Olympics this summer may feel inspired to try out a new sport, but prevented by entry costs, lack of access to equipment, or lack of confidence or motivation.

Handing the baton to local people by encouraging them to share their under-utilised sports equipment, time and passion, Ecomodo hopes to help jump the cost prohibitive hurdles for anyone wanting to try something new.

From hockey to handball; basketball to boxing; there are 26 different sports that make up the Olympics and for most of these activities, people need stuff. Much of this kit already exists collecting dust in the homes, sheds, attics and cupboards of other local people – it just needs to be made visible and available to share.

Ecomodo members have already listed a number of items that people can borrow to try a new sport, including bikes, badminton rackets, weights and kayaks. But it’s not just equipment they’ve added. People have listed themselves as running partners and there are a few places to play too – including community centres and a field.

So if it’s a little motivation you need or you want to rekindle your passion – share your time or sporting expertise with someone new. And if you have access to a place to play – add that too!

So as the fervour builds to the start of The Games and beyond, we will celebrate different sports with different items you can lend. Share your “Goods For The Games” and to get inspired follow #GoodsForTheGames & #GFTGames on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

And if you’re lacking in the sports equipment department – don’t worry – there are lots of other goods you could lend for The Games, to support those living locally to you.

During the games London will be bursting at the seams. Londoners will need access to all sorts of the resources to host friends, family and visitors. They will need: air beds, highchairs, car booster seats, spare fridge, tent, garden space for a tent or a spare room > more

And across the UK, parties of all types will take place in streets, village halls and gardens as friends and communities come together to watch and celebrate the games. They will need: gazebos, generators, games, chocolate fountain, a venue, multimedia projectors or a just helping hand > more

So if you’ve got stuff to help someone try out a new sport; host visitors or have a party : join the marketplace of good returns at Ecomodo.com and share your Goods for the Games!

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getting creative with shared resources ..

October 26, 2011

Sustainability and environmental education

Recently we were invited to join Se-ed’s National Sustainable Schools Conference at London Zoo to run a workshop around “how schools can become more sustainable and creative with shared resources.” Delegates at the conference included teachers and representatives from primary and secondary schools as well as students of sustainability and staff from local councils.

Through our workshop, we used a series of games and co-creation techniques, to inspire the attendees to think differently about the resources around them and spark new opportunities that shared resources can bring for them and their school.

Alongside describing how Ecomodo delivers new opportunities for schools to fundraise and get equipped through shared resource, we encouraged participants to consider the value of sharing both economically and environmentally, why re-use and collaborative consumption are so important in a the broader context of sustainability; and how schools can act as a catalyst to spread good behaviour throughout their community.

For the session we asked the group to think about how ecomodo can work, not just in the context of their school community, but across all the different communities they as individuals belong to (their neighbourhood, friends, family, clubs etc). We wanted to broaden their thinking to “what local shared resources means” as well as instill the idea that through adopting a new behaviour within one community it enables it to easily spread to others.

Our first game was to uncover the assets of each individual in the room. We asked them to put on the wall at least 3 assets (everyday goods, skills or spaces) they might lend as well as something they may like to borrow. Quickly making these assets visible using post-its immediately gave rise to impromptu discussions around what people could do – even if they just had access to the items on the wall.

“Oh a shredder – now that would be useful”

Next, with a couple of volunteers, we played some further games to show how using Ecomodo to build a community and make resources you’re willing to share visible, can spark a whole host of new opportunities for different activities.

Near the end of the session, we asked the participants to put their “school community” hat on and break out into smaller groups to brainstorm this question:

“If we only had .. we could ..”

We wanted them to conjure up new types of projects to engage students, using action based learning, purely inspired through utilising borrowed assets.

And here are some of the ideas that came out of the session:

• Night vision equipment for a project to understand local wildlife to see what comes through the school at night.

• Gardening equipment to understand food and growing

• Costumes & props to re-enact moments in history

• Outside spaces to use as a different space from the classroom

• Specimens from zoos for biology projects & African artefacts for cultural projects

• Sewing machines to learn about recycling and upcycling

• Meteorological equipment for geography and learning about the weather

• Solar panels & wind turbines for science and energy projects

And lots of skills including: willow weaving, story tellers, drivers with transport, singing workshops, artists & craft

We will be shortly running this workshop again at Se-ed’s National Sustainable Schools Conference second event in Leicester on 30 November.

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Click here to find more information about how schools can use Ecomodo to fundraise, get equipped and save money and share resources with other schools locally.

ecomodo: a revolutionary idea ..

September 16, 2011

We were recently invited to talk at the Business for the Environment summit 2011 about Ecomodo, as a revolutionary idea that will change the world. Output from this summit will be feeding into COP17 – the international climate summit being held in Durban later this year.

Hosted by Dax Lovegrove (Head of Business and Industry at the WWF) our session included talks about:

• Environmental P&L from Reiner Hengstmann (Global Director, PUMA) & Richard Mattison (CEO of Trucost)

• Zero-emission public transport from Paul Lin (Marketing Director, BYD Auto Company Ltd)

• Zero-emission shipping and logistics from Melanie Moore (Vice President, Environment, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics)

.. and a presentation by John Elkington, Founding Partner of Volans.

Our focus was on dematerialised business and the need for manufacturers and outlets to change how they do business by moving from product to service solutions; from retail to rental. The question: will this work and can a service like Ecomodo disrupt the status quo to bring about more rapid change?

Now I’ve had time to digest and reflect on the summit as a whole, I think I’m even more excited about the need and potential of Ecomodo. My brain has just buzzing with ideas and thoughts.

When we first started researching Ecomodo our minds were set on a far bigger picture but like everything with limited resources, we needed to scale down for launch. For me, taking a day and half to step outside the fishbowl again and listen to the other delegates, has re-opened my eyes to what the future holds globally over the coming decades. The need for us all to instill a “sharing culture” seems so essential, especially when you bring together: global population growth; the upcoming consumption needs of emerging countries and our impending natural resource scarcity.

Ecomodo’s talk starts at 54 mins. More videos from the B4E summit are available on YouTube.

how to make money with ecomodo ..

July 10, 2011

Have you got a spare drill, ladders or a pushchair you’re keeping hold of until your next child grows into it? If so, why not put it to work and make some money!

Ecomodo.com is an effortless way to make some spare cash simply by renting out your household goods, your skills and any spaces you may have available. And you can save money too by borrowing the things you only occasionally need.

From lawnmowers to tents; golf clubs to awnings, Ecomodo lets you to list your items to lend and see what others have on offer. Items can be lent for free or as a lender you are able to charge for an item, and choose if you want to keep the fee or make a donation to charity.

People all around the UK have started to use ecomodo.com to lend their stuff to make money and save by borrowing.

Recently, Jon made £24 from lending his petrol hedge strimmer to a neighbour just for the weekend. And David from Reading, whilst on holiday in Guernsey, borrowed 2 Kayaks, earning Andre £12 from stuff that would otherwise have been idle.

Byron from Edinburgh fixed his shelves and saved £50 by not having to fork out for a new drill when he borrowed one locally from Jeremy for free. And Jayne in London borrowed Vicky’s iPad for a week to continue with her college work whilst her laptop was in for repair. From the lend Vicky raised £21.16 for a favourite charity The Princes Trust.

To buy these items would have cost the borrowers well over £1000 and though the lenders haven’t earned huge amounts from their stuff it only took a few minutes work.

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6 steps to start making money with Ecomodo ..

1. Sign up to Ecomodo. It’s FREE and always will be!

2. Think about all the stuff around home. Look under your bed and in your shed for those items gathering dust that you only occasionally use. And if can’t think of anything > Get inspired.

3. Take photos of your items and add them on our web-site to lend. It’s FREE to add items – so add as many items as you like.

4. Enter a description, choose a price to lend (for a day, weekend or week) and opt to take a deposit or insurance for extra peace of mind. And don’t forget to upload your photos.

5. Sit back and wait until a borrower in your area needs your item.

6. When you recieve a request – through the site send a message to arrange a convenient time to collect and return. At the end of the transaction receive your cash direct to your Paypal account! Simples!

DON’T Forget: You can add skills and spaces too: Anything from helping someone with a spot of gardening to teaching how to make a fish stew; a spare room to a beach hut.

Lend with confidence on Ecomodo.com. Available throughout the UK.

50 fabulous good causes ..

June 7, 2011

WOO-HOO! We now have 50 registered good causes for you to donate to when lending your stuff!

Ecomodo.com is an effortless and everyday way for supporters of good causes to fundraise, simply by lending and borrowing everyday objects, skills or spaces with their neighbours, friends and colleagues.

From lawnmowers to tents; golf clubs to awnings, individuals can simply list items to lend and see what others have on offer. Items can be lent for free or lenders are able to charge for an item, and choose if they want to keep the fee or make a donation to charity.

How to start fundraising on Ecomodo ..

1. Think about all the stuff around home that you want to keep but don’t use that often. And if can’t think of anything > Get inspired.

2. Take a photo of your item and add it on our web-site to lend.

3. Choose a price to lend for a day (or week) and select one of our 50 good causes to donate to. If you’re favourite isn’t there just make a suggestion and we will try to sign them up.

4. Sit back and wait until a borrower in your area needs your item.

5. When you recieve a request – arrange a time to collect and return. At the end of the transaction you will have raised money for your good cause!  – Easy!

And if you have a skills or spaces you can also add those to lend  too. It’s easy to and anyone can do it – and much easier than running a marathon.

Good causes on Ecomodo can be any not-for-profit group (from a registered charity, school PTA, social enterprise or community campaign). And though we have 50 good causes registered we are always looking for more. So if you run a charity or not-for profit group then register your good cause for free on Ecomodo. Read more about the benefits and how to get involved.

Here’s the 50 fabulous good causes we have signed up so far ..
Friends of the Earth, The Prince’s TrustWaste Watch, 10:10Bricks and BreadRSPCA (Hillingdon, Slough, Windsor, Kingston & District Branch)Positive Action in Housing, 3rd Guernsey Scout Group, Arthur Rank Hospice CharityCambodian Communities out of CrisisCare for Children, Children Walking TallDARE uk,Earthwatch InstituteEnvironmental Justice FoundationExercise Tiger TrustFanconi Hope Charitable Trust, Greener LeithFood4MaccFoodCycleForces Childrens TrustGroup B Strep SupportGuernsey Climate Action NetworkInternational Aid for the Protection & Welfare of AnimalsIslamic AidLungevityLemon Aid LimitedLow Carbon West OxfordMillennium Health Microscope FoundationPositive Action in Housing LtdPuriton Horse and Animal RescueScope, St Martin’s School PTA, The Book Bus FoundationThe Fostering NetworkThe National Autistic SocietyThe National Society for Epilepsy, Thrive AfricaUK YouthGrace & Flavour CIC, Harringay Online, Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, Sustaining DunbarCarmarthen Town AFCFood4Macc, Plant Heritage, Touchwood Project, Giving WorldContact the Elderly and XLP Research Trust.


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