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Eat this! Hacking rox

Eating Pasta out of a box

Seems like yesterday that Lemonhead and Guaka were sitting on the couch here. It were the early days of Casa Robino -although that name didn’t exist yet. And it was during an unconference on Hospitality Exchange and Bewelcome.

Now Guaka got me into online advertising and I find myself making my first euro’s.

Bewelcome, new kid on the block!

For two years now I have been using hospitality exchange networks while traveling and also to host travelers in Barcelona and now Amsterdam. This added a new and really nice dimension to my life. Thanks to the people I met through hospitality exchange, I extended my vision, scope and aspiration.

I never felt like volunteering for these networks though ( and How they are organised simply does not inspire me: they are top-down structured and volunteers hardly have impact on how it is run.

But since a year there is a network that does want to be member-driven: I joined its volunteers last weekend in their yearly assembly when they select the yearly board, do some brainstorming and make plans for the coming year.

I hitchhiked to Essen (Germany) with four cars and had an excellent and very inspiring time. Obviously, since it is a new network there is lots of work that still needs to be accomplished but I am looking forward doing my share for this first hospitality network that wants to be truely democratic (ie. member-driven or grassroots), transparant and opensource – one that is not only able to facilitate hospitality exchange but also able to share the access to the buttons and empower volunteers.

Update 2016: Trustroots is now the way to go for a good couchsurfing alternative!

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