The Offers & Needs Market
May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
**Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Market starts promptly at 7:00 pm. We are allowing 30 minutes from 6:30-7:00 pm for people to arrive, park, and network. Parking may be found on the street, church parking, etc. (be attuned to parking signs/hrs)
The Offers & Needs Market (developed by the Post Growth Institute) is a guided process where we come together to identify and exchange our passions, knowledge, skills, resources, and needs. Combining community asset-mapping with sharing-economy principles, the Offers & Needs Market has the potential to enhance our work exponentially!
Whether for free, barter, or a set rate, participants might offer and/or need things such as:
Various other kinds of professional services
Tools, vehicles, etc.
Food/drinks for events
Consulting in various areas of expertise
Or whatever else they need or might have to offer!
The first Compassionate Austin Offers & Needs Market was held at the New Story Festival, March 31, 2019, at Huston-Tillotson University. It was a landmark event in Austin. It was the first citywide Offers & Needs Market and included people representing various organizations, businesses, and groups, as well as their own personal offers and needs. We’ve received wonderful feedback and are energized to offer more Offers & Needs Markets to the community!
“Imagine… if in just one hour you could match hundreds of detailed offers and needs within a group of people, even if the group were all strangers. What if such an opportunity not only stimulated meaningful connections but had the potential to re-localise your economy and reduce your ecological footprint, all through a fun activity? … Offers and needs markets are a wonderfully efficient way to remind us that, by working together, we can realise a new economy that serves all our needs. Ensuring everyone has access to healthy food, transportation, housing, and the other means to a fulfilling life, are made easier when we share what we’re offering and what we need from each other. But doing so requires trust. By making participation in the sharing economy simple, offers and needs markets are a tool for building collective trust and shifting people from being passive consumers… to engaged citizens in a thriving community.” (Donnie Maclurcan, Co-Founder of Post Growth Institute on 6th January 2015)
Join us for an inclusive, diverse Offers & Needs Market experience. The Market is a guided process. So, no prep is required by participants. The Servant Church of Austin has graciously provided their space for us! Our facilitator will be K. Stellar Dutcher. The event is free.
As part of registration for the Market, we encourage everyone to join the Compassionate Austin Co-op (as an organization or an individual) either at the time of online registration or onsite at the Market. Joining the Co-op is free with the only requirements being 1) to signal commitment to compassionate action in our community (caring for others, self, and the Earth) and; 2) to attend at least 1 Offers and Needs Market per year. Registration details are in the event registration link.