Local Communities create online connections for offline communication. Use Trade Shack AU Social instead of Facebook to keep your private details private. (https://social.tradeshack.au
At the heart of Trade Shack AU’s philosophy lies the concept of local postcode communities. We believe in the power of community resilience, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. We’re not just about trading goods; we’re about trading old habits for new ones, encouraging self-sufficiency and sustainability for the community. We’re about building strong, resilient communities where resources and skills are shared. We’re about fostering connections with your neighbours, local farmers, and backyard growers.
Understanding Local Communities
Local communities are the backbone of society. They are the places where we live, work, and play. They are the places where we form our first friendships, learn our first lessons, and experience life in all its complexity. But in today’s globalised world, local communities are often overlooked. At Trade Shack AU, we want to change that. We believe that by strengthening local communities, we can create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.
The Power of Postcode Communities
Our Postcode Communities initiative is a testament to our philosophy. By focusing on local produce and promoting the exchange of goods within postcodes, we’re reducing our carbon footprint and strengthening local economies. Postcode Communities group local resources like backyard growers, commercial growers, services, and products to shorten the supply chain. They provide a mechanism to talk, trade, buy/sell, and swap locally, safely, and securely.
Why Join a Local Community?
Joining a local community is about more than just trading goods. It’s about becoming part of a network of individuals who share your values and are committed to creating a more sustainable future. It’s about learning new skills, sharing resources, and building relationships. It’s about contributing to your community and seeing the direct impact of your actions.
The Role of Trade Shack AU
At Trade Shack AU, we provide the tools and platform to facilitate this process. We offer a secure and independent platform for you to communicate with people in your Postcode Community. We provide forums for discussing local news, trading platforms for buying/selling/bartering, and directories for advertising your products.
Linking to Self-Sufficiency
Our commitment to local communities is closely tied to our belief in self-sufficiency. As we discussed in our Prepping Guide, self-sufficiency is about cultivating skills and practices that allow you to meet your needs independently while also contributing to your community. It’s about growing your own food, reducing waste, and sharing resources. By joining a local community, you can take a significant step towards self-sufficiency.
Move the map around with your mouse or fingers to see our Postcode Communities
Enable the creation of self-sufficient postcode communities where people can access good food and a healthy lifestyle without using long supply chains, Government dependency and centralised production—choosing what part of the existing system they want to use and what part they want to take control over, cherry-picking instead of replacing.
Encouraging backyard growing of food, services and products, creating micro trading within a postcode community and across Australia.
Using the Trade Shack as an initial trading platform to buy/sell/swap free from constraints to move all trading and communication offline to face-to-face. Like in the old days.
It is up to you to
Make it Work
We need YOU, to make postcode communities work. We provide the tools and the platform, but without your input and effort, it will not work.
The Trade Shack is not a place where you can look from the side-line, we are not able to make food grow for you, and we are not telling you what to do. You are the boots on the ground, you know what is best for your community, not us. The Trade Shack is merely helping you along, pointing out potential pitfalls and providing a secure and independent platform for you to communicate with people in your Postcode Community. Ideally, you make contact online and communicate offline.
Use the forums to let people know the local news, and have to opportunity to discuss it (in private) online if you choose to do so. Use the “Trading anything” to buy/sell/barter and swap products and produce. If you are a commercial grower or provide services, use the business directory for advertising your products.
As outlined in “The Process” section, we provide the tools and some of the knowledge. You make it happen.
TO SUM IT UP
Join the Movement
Trade Shack AU is more than a platform; it’s a movement. It’s a collective of individuals who believe in the power of local communities and the importance of self-sufficiency. We’re about creating connections in the virtual world that translate into real-world resilience. We invite you to join us. Start your journey towards self-sustainability. Learn, grow, and share with Trade Shack AU.
The Importance of Postcode Communities
In conclusion, let’s look at why postcode communities are so important. Here’s a table that outlines ten reasons why you should consider joining a postcode community:
|If You Join a Postcode Community||If You Don’t Join a Postcode Community|
|1. Access to local produce||1. Dependence on long supply chains|
|2. Opportunities for trading and bartering||2. Limited opportunities for trading|
|3. Stronger local economy||3. Weaker local economy|
|4. Reduced carbon footprint||4. Higher carbonfootprint|
|5. Opportunities to learn new skills||5. Fewer opportunities for skill development|
|6. Stronger community bonds||6. Weaker community connections|
|7. Greater resilience in the face of disruptions||7. Greater vulnerability to disruptions|
|8. Opportunities to contribute to your community||8. Fewer opportunities to make a difference|
|9. Access to a network of like-minded individuals||9. Isolation and lack of community support|
|10. A step towards self-sufficiency||10. Continued dependence on external systems|
In conclusion, joining a postcode community is not just a choice; it’s a commitment to a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. It’s a commitment to your community, your planet, and yourself. So why wait? Join the Trade Shack AU community and start your journey towards self-sustainability today.