Better World Workshop
It is the mission of Better World Workshop to conceive of,
develop and disseminate ideas for sustainable products and
services which can be produced and offered on a local level by
individuals and small businesses, with the purpose of furthering
the sustainability and self sufficiency of communities.
To help discover the talent, skill and desire within each individual that can be utilized
to participate in, or to create, sustainable local enterprises and meaningful employment.
Better World Workshop (BWW) was founded by, and is supported by,
LocalMart ( www.localmart.net
), a project dedicated to enabling and furthering local
sustainable commerce. LocalMart is a network of local
affiliates which are membership organizations, each with their
own social networking site, an online store which offers locally
produced sustainable products and services, and also with the
capability of conducting off line and in-person transactions using mobile
phones. Some of the features of LocalMart are as follows:
site with simple application process
Sustainability criteria for products and services
Uses a social
networking platform (like Facebook, MySpace) to
personalize and facilitate member communication and
build a sense of community
No sign up
No transaction fees for
purchases - does not use credit or debit cards or PayPal
for purchase transactions. Members who are providers
and whose revenues balance purchases, can transact
business indefinitely without transaction fees.
Uses its own MartDollar
currency, convertible back into dollars (enabling the
elimination of transaction fees).
members to be providers of sustainable goods and
services and not just consumers. (Even seemingly
insignificant products or services which members can
provide with a part time commitment all contribute
toward our goals and help to "close the loop".)
members in identifying or developing a product or
service to provide.
supports Better World Workshop (www.betterworldworkshop.org)
- an incubator with the mission of conceiving of,
developing and disseminating ideas for sustainable
products and services that can be produced on a local
level with the objective of furthering local
sustainability and self sufficiency.
LocalMart e-commerce store for online transactions,
giving Member/Providers a web presence for their
products and services with easy set-up process, and
assistance, and with no need for credit/debit card
in-person purchases, or MartDollar transfers, payments,
loans or advances using mobile phones.
It is the need to provide the
benefits described in features #7 and #8 that brought about the
creation of Better World Workshop.
BWW has compiled
a listing of ideas for
commerce. These are designed
so that even the busiest people with full time jobs, and/or
their children, relatives or friends, can produce and offer
sustainable products or services
on a local level through LocalMart. See
If You Want to Help
Better World Workshop is a not
for profit organization that is seeking ideas for sustainable
products and services, as well as volunteers and contributions
that can help it to carry out its mission.