The digital Villages platform will connect groups of neighbours together across Greater Bendigo to build social capital, run events together, communicate with each other collectively and individually and share free stuff, skills and time. Villages is real sharing. It’s gifting, not consumption. You can share tools, furniture, veggies, fruit, your time and skills and meals.
Villages aims to create an epidemic of belonging. It is a digital tool that brings us face to face. This is important because our modern society is socially isolated and lonely, which is having a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. The early 2000s research of Professor Lisa Berkman showed that having strong connections in our local community is better for our health than giving up smoking, alcohol and fat and adds ten years to lifespan. Relationships built over the side fence and up the street can last a lifetime. We need to be together.
To access your Village you become a member and therefore and owner of of bHive Cooperative. You have the same ownership share as every other member. You own and control your own encrypted data. With bHive, there will be no global tech giants advertising at us, listening to us, tracking us or selling our data to the highest bidder.
Over the last 18 months bHive Directors have been involved in numerous international and local conversations with developers and platform co-operative specialists to source a reliable and flexible software solution that will support bHive Villages. Our preferred partner, Holochain is a tech company that is values aligned with the social, economic and ecological mission of bHive. The Holochain partnership will facilitate a faster and more economical roll out of bHive in Bendigo.
Using Holochain technology Villages will provide the reputation management and identity verification for all members that will ‘move’ with them across the bHive platform. This makes Villages a foundational element of the platform that once in place can be built upon. Future applications that will plug into Villages will include revenue generating applications like car sharing, stuff sharing, skills sharing, power sharing etc.