Did you already get to clicking around a bit more in Karrot? I’d love to hear how you like it…
I just now read a bit more through the FNB FAQ and I have to say I’m thrilled to collaborate more! It seems that we really share all of the basic ideas; not only the volunteer saving and unconditional sharing of food but also the perspective of wanting to empower people to get active for positive change and to take matters into their own hands without waiting for somebody to give them permission. It’s really great to realize that there are so many allies already out there!
So to tell you a bit more about our activities:
The foodsaving worldwide movement consists of different groups and organisations - which I guess FNB is part of… - that act independently but in the same set of values. We all try use the direct action approach to save food from being wasted in that we build cooperations with stores, restaurants, bakeries, etc. That food then is either eaten by ourselves or shared with whoever can make use of it. We also maintain public food-share points were people can bring or take food. The exact setup is different in every city and every group, but this is the general idea.
The biggest player is foodsharing in Germany which had a lot of media coverage over the years and inspired many more people to copy the system of saving food via cooperations. Its software is also the prototype we based Karrot on - even though there are many things which are different between the two.
As you can see we have several layers of activity and in each there are different people:
- Local, direct foodsaving
- Building and maintaining cooperations
- Building and maintaining a foodsaving community
- Administrative work for the movement
- Documenting what is done where and how
- Connecting people and coaching groups that are just starting
- Software development work
- Conceptualizing and coding of new features
- Bug fixing and maintenance
As I see it @nicksellen and @tiltec are mostly busy with the software bit, whereas I do a lot of administration, some development and some local foodsaving. I guess most of the other people in this forum are part of a local foodsaving group in a city somewhere, like e.g. Gothenburg (Sweden), Warsaw (Poland), Quito (Ecuador), Moscow (Russia) or Taiwan. There’s also some German foodsavers here, but since those are mostly organized via foodsharing.de it’s not many.
I hope this was a bit informative for you!