Fighting for freerecyling

How good is your eyesight?

I have asked for more info on the new TFN website on several occasions, unfortunately there is not much info forthcoming.  However a colleague found this thread publicly posted by the site’s architect, Richard Wallman.  The main value of which is showing the use of MySql for the new system, which seems like a good decision to me.

If you find any public info then let me know and I will share it here.


July 7, 2007 Posted by | freecycle, MySql, new tfn website | Leave a comment

Kind messages of support

Each day I am receiving kind messages of support from the four quarters of the globe (actually three are in the USA, but that’s just how the Internet works – joke).  One just in from Grants Pass Oregon Down.  This is a freecycler, who is running a group that is supporting the local community, nothing better.  If your are a nearby that way I suggest you join and talk to the owner and other locals.  Thank you, Beth.

July 7, 2007 Posted by | Oregon, yahoogroups | Leave a comment

A pledge (closed) kicks in

Quite a number of people felt so strongly about this issue they put together a pledge on Pledgebank. Although closed now it again gives a strong feeling that something should be done…

July 7, 2007 Posted by | freecycle | Leave a comment

Internet Patrol kicks in

You would think after all the research I have done that there would be no more web pages out there that had anything new to say. Well I was wrong. The Internet Patrol website has a page (even if a bit dated) on the subject a different freecycle controversy than we normal refer to on this blog. This one is the pure frustration of someone actually trying to use the movement for its intended purposes, that of offering or wanting items. Isn’t life wonderful.

July 7, 2007 Posted by | freecycle, freecycling, Internet Patrol, San Jose | Leave a comment

FreecycleFabby is totally fantabulous

It is lovely when you find a website that inspires and one thing we all need more of are occasions to laugh. So if you are into freecycling and want to see the lighter side, or even contribute some of your own wit – then visit freecyclefabby.

July 7, 2007 Posted by | freecycle, yahoogroups | Leave a comment

Is it a dream or is it a nightmare?

Ok, lets hypothesise.  Deron Beal thinks to himself “I have had enough, I’m off” and he drives off into the sunset.  What is left regarding TFN and freecycling?  Some might argue possibly much the same unless you at least pack his car with a few key colleagues.  But is even that enough?  Remember that the sponsorship comes from the corporate world.  Won’t they want to continue as they were? 

Also any lawyers and accountants who advise TFN (who all want to make some money at some time out of this at some time if not now) all must have supported going down this road.  So they aren’t going to backtrack easily.

So you clean out all that and then what?

Then you have to really think hard about the top of the organisation and what its relevance is.  Should new incumbants simply take over.  What will their direction be?  Ok so they have a clean slate.  Where will they get their ideas from?  From moderators, and if so which ones or even from the membership? 

That’s a big ask and you might end up with exactly the same situation.

What I am saying is that simply taking out the top person or team of an organisation does not necessarily get you where you might want to be instantly.  There is instead a lot of work to do, and I mean a lot.

Fortunately, unlike many “organisations”, freecycling groups on Yahoo Groups would just go on, and on and on. 

(By the way I am definitely not advocating any action, all I am trying to get people to see is that it is not necessarily a simple choice.  So Deron, please don’t quit the day job just yet.)

July 7, 2007 Posted by | freecycle, management, yahoogroups | 1 Comment