Lisa Fox has a big plan: to help everyday Aussies join the collaborative consumption movement – where the old ideas of swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting are given a new lease of life – by renting out their idle stuff to others in their community.
“Open Shed will be a place for Australians to rent each others stuff with confidence.” says Lisa.
We love the idea of collaborative consumption here at My Green Australia and think it has a valuable place in our society and more importantly, our ever increasing suburbs.
I live in a small suburban neighbourhood in a shoebox of a unit (eep it is tiny!) and have no need to purchase big bulky items such as gardening tools or even lawn mower. When I need these items I turn to my friends and family to borrow their goods, but what if I need something they haven’t got? That is when Open Shed comes to the rescue!
Lisa goes on to say “We all tend to have stuff lying idle in backyard sheds and spare bedrooms – power drills, lawn mowers, tents, sporting equipment – the list is endless and I thought, why not help people harness that idling capacity by renting out those items.? With that, the idea for Open Shed materialised and my partner Duncan and I have been working on it ever since!”
Giving up their respective careers in Law and Software Development to focus on the project, Lisa and Duncan are now well on their way to making their dream a reality.
“Of course it can be seen as a risky move to quit our jobs. But for us it was riskier not to give our big idea a go. The last six months we have learnt so much and we have found it really helpful to leverage the collaborative nature of the internet. I joined community website, PlanBig, which has been a huge source of support for my plan. Having the ability to connect virtually with like-minded people who share my passion on this initiative has helped me tremendously,” said Lisa.
“Through PlanBig, I was able to harness the collective knowledge and opinions of the community to shape everything from the direction of our business, to our name and logo.”
An initiative of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, www.planbig.com.au is the contemporary iteration of the bank’s core approach, drawing on the strengths of social networking to facilitate community outcomes.
Open Shed will be available to Australians nationwide, and with private messaging facilities, reputation and feedback tools and secure funds handling through PayPal, it is a safe and secure way for resourceful and community minded individuals to participate in the sharing economy and do more with less.
“Our site will offer Australians the opportunity to save and make money while building and strengthening community ties. It’s also a great way for Australians to make better use of their stuff and potentially experience things they might not have had the chance to otherwise.”
Open Shed is set to launch in early October.