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That's a very good question. People join OpenSourceLiving.Org for many reasons.  Many people join because they want to learn about new methodologies for sustainable living or because they want to work on local regenerative projects with others. Some folks join because they want to share their new technological advancements with a pro-active community. Other members do so simply because they just want to communicate with other like-minded folks. People also join because they feel like they can make a difference and help shape a better future while others just want to learn how to regain their personal freedom by weening themselves off of third-party dependencies for their life necessities.

I suppose the better question is, "Why would YOU want to join?"

OpenSourceLiving.Org is many things to many different people.  Mainly, it was developed to be a FREE social networking resource where pro-active people can engage with one another and collectively become a catalyst to promote self-sustainable living.

"Open source" promotes universal access of any information (agronomics, energy production, etc.) which also includes those solutions (software, tech development, etc.) which can be peer-reviewed for subsequent improvements by anyone.

First of all, we would like to thank you for utilizing the services provided by The OpenSourceLiving Foundation.  So much effort was put into making our services available for general use.  The service fees received by The OpenSourceLiving Foundation are utilized for our general operations and to further our overall mission - to improve the social and economic well-being of people around the world.

To us, we absolutely consider all service fees received as donations and if requested are more than happy to deliver to you a single aggregated donation receipt for your tax filing purposes. You should always speak with your tax advisor as to what amounts are tax deductible within your jurisdiction.

Navigating your profile can be as easy as training your eyes as to how the site operates. The following two slides have been provided to help you navigate the social networking portion of



After logging into the site, the main activity stream of the whole site is shown as is your connection to it.  This is the area where you are able to interact easily with your friends OR the entire network in general.  The following slide illustrates the main sections as follows:

  1. How to adjust account settings and logout.
  2. Notification area.
  3. The site's full functionality main navigation bar.
  4. Activity Stream options.
  5. Activity Stream.
  6. Chat box.

HOWTO Navigate Site



The following slide illustrates the different sections of your profile and how to access what you want, when you want.  The main areas focused upon are commonly used and outlined as follows: 

  1. How to adjust account settings and logout.
  2. Notification area.
  3. The site's full functionality main navigation bar.
  4. Profile menu options.
  5. Cover photo options.
  6. Change Avatar button.
  7. Profile links.
  8. Additional Account options.
  9. Your personal activity stream history.

 HOWTO Navigate Profile



Finding your friends is as easy as 1, 2, 3. After logging in you can find them by either 1) tyoping their name in the search bar, 2) navigating to the Friends Menu and selecting the appropriate menu item from the dropdown, or 3) click "View All Members" in the latest members section of the frontpage to populate the entire list of members (who have their privacy settings set to be searchable).

HOWTO Find Friends




You will be directed to the Member page. Here you can view members based on alphabetical groupings, latest (newest), currently online, and alphabetical order. 


HOWTO Find Friends2



Once you locate your friend or a member you would like to reach out to you will notice "Send Message," the number of friends the user currently has, and an option to "Add as Friend." If you have already sent the person a friend request you will see "Pending Friend Request" or "Already Friends" instead of "Add as Friend."

Finding a crowdfunding campaign to support is simple to do.  After logging in, 1) click on the 'All Campaigns' link in the dropdown of the 'Crowdfunding' menu item and this will take you to the Crowdfunding page. From here you can either 2) select an available campaign that is displayed, or 3) conduct a search for other available campaigns by various criteria.


HOWTO Donate



Once you have selected a project campaign to donate to you can view all of the campaigns details before proceeding. When you are ready to donate simply click "Donate" towards the right of the screen.


HOWTO Donate 1




Begin the donation process by doing the following:

1. Fill in all of your required contact information.

2. Choose whether or not to support this campaign anonymously.

3. Accept the Terms and Conditions.

4. Click 'Continue' button to proceed to next step.


HOWTO Donate 2



Select your preferred payment method and click "Place Donation' button. Currently, our only payment trasaction method is Paypal. Please note: You do not need an existing Paypal account to make a donation nor will be required to create one to make a donation. 

HOWTO Donate 3



After reviewing your donation details, click "Pay Now' button. You will then be redirected to Paypal to review your donation information and to finalize your payment. 

HOWTO Donate 4



Once at the Paypal payment page you can pay with your credit card or if you have an existing Paypal account you can choose to log into Paypal. Once you hit the "Review Donation and Continue" button your payment will receive processing confirmation.  


OpenSourceLiving will prohibit projects that are illegal, heavily regulated, or potentially dangerous for backers, as well as rewards that the creator did not make.

• Any item claiming to cure, treat, or prevent an illness or condition (whether via a device, app, book, nutritional supplement, or other means).

• Contests, coupons, gambling, raffles, and lifetime memberships.

• Energy food and drinks.

• Offensive material (e.g., hate speech, encouraging violence against others, etc).

• Offering a genetically modified organism as a reward.

• Offering alcohol as a reward.

• Offering financial, money-processing, or credit services; financial intermediaries or cash-equivalent instruments; travel services (e.g., vacation packages); phone services (e.g., prepaid phone services, 900 numbers); and business marketing services.

• Political fundraising.

• Pornographic material.

• Resale. All rewards must have been produced or designed by the project or one of its creators — no reselling things from elsewhere.

• Tobacco, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.

• Weapons, replicas of weapons, and weapon accessories.If your project involves something illegal, heavily regulated, or potentially dangerous for backers and it is not on this list, please contact us before starting your project.

These rules don’t cover every possible use of OpenSourceLiving, but they explain our purpose and perspective. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Yes.  Being a member of the site is a requirement as people will want to interact with a representative of your organization.  The listing that you create will be linked directly to the social profile that was logged in during the creation process.

OpenSourceLiving.Org provides a multi-vendor marketplace which is free for its members to list any products they wish to sale.  Members transact among each another peer-to-peer without a middleman or organization being involved.

Since The OpenSourceLiving Foundation only provides the platform and is not involved in the transaction process, we cannot dictate the funding policies of our payment processing partners. We can tell you that transactions occur immediately on our platform and any funds availability questions should be directed to the payment processor you use:


Learn more about the Funds Availability Policies of the specific payment processors integrated on our platform:




Varoius banking regulations and guideslines from our payment processors prevent the buyng and selling of certain items.  The following is a copy of OpenSourceLiving's Product Listing Policy for reference:


1.1 You may not post or sell any item that is restricted or prohibited by a federal, state or local law in any country or jurisdiction. Please be aware that the website (hereinafter "Site") functions as a global marketplace, thus the selling or posting of items may be prohibited because of laws outside of the jurisdiction where you reside. Below, we have listed some categories of prohibited or restricted items. However, this list is not exhaustive; you, as the seller, are responsible for ensuring that you are not posting an item that is prohibited by law in any jurisdiction. 
1.2 has chosen to also prohibit the posting of other categories of items which may not be restricted or prohibited by law but are nonetheless controversial including:
(a) Items that encourage illegal activities;
(b) Items that are racially, religiously or ethnically derogatory, or that promote hatred, violence, racial or religious intolerance;
(c) Giveaways, lotteries, raffles, or contests;
(d) Stocks, bonds, investment interests, and other securities;
(e) Pornographic materials or items that are sexual in nature;
(f) Items that do not offer a product or service for sale, such as advertisements solely for the purpose of collecting user information.
1.3, in its sole and exclusive discretion, reserves the right to impose additional restrictions and prohibitions.


2.1 Artifacts, cultural relics, historical grave markers, and related items are protected under the laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be posted or sold through the Site.


3.1 strictly forbids the sale and purchase of currency, coins, bank notes, bonds, money orders, currency in digital or any intangible form (e.g. crypto-currency) and other securities, as well as the equipment used to produce such items. 
3.2 Counterfeits of the identified articles in 3.1, legal tenders and stamps are strictly prohibited.
3.3 Reproductions or replicas of coins as collectible items must be clearly marked with the word "COPY", "REPRODUCTION" or "REPLICA" and comply with all relevant local laws.


4.1 The listing or sale of crude oil by sellers and buyers located in China is prohibited on the Site.
4.2 The listing or sale of petroleum, petroleum products and petrochemical products originating in the Islamic Republic of Iran is strictly forbidden on the Site.


5.1 You are responsible for ensuring that your transaction is lawful and not in violation of any contractual obligation. Before posting an item on the Site, you should carefully read any contracts that you have entered into that might limit your right to sell your item on the Site. Some items, such as airline tickets, have terms printed on the item that may limit your ability to sell that item. In other cases, such as when you are distributing a company's products, you may have signed a separate contract restricting your ability to market the product. 
5.2 does not search for items that may raise these types of issues, nor can it review copies of private contracts, or adjudicate or take sides in private contract disputes. However, we want you to be aware that posting items in violation of your contractual obligations could put you at risk with third parties. therefore urges that you not list any item until you have reviewed any relevant contracts or agreements, and are confident you can legally sell it on the Site. 
5.3 If you have any questions regarding your rights under a contract or agreement, we strongly recommend that you contact the company with whom you entered into the contract and/or consult with an attorney.


6.1 Credit or debit cards cannot lawfully be transferred from one person to another, and therefore such items may not be listed on the Site.


7.1 The listing or sale of narcotics, steroids, poppy seeds, poppy seed products or other controlled substances (including all drugs listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV or V of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) is strictly forbidden on the Site. 
7.2 The listing or sale of drug paraphernalia, including all items that are primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, concealing, or using a controlled substance is strictly forbidden on the Site. Such items include, but are not limited to those items used for the ingestion of illicit substances including pipes such as water pipes, carburetor pipes, chamber pipes, ice pipes, bongs, etc.


8.1 Postings that are ethnically or racially offensive are prohibited on the Site. Sellers and purchasers must ensure that any wording used portrays appropriate sensitivity to those who might read it in their postings, and when they are offering or purchasing potentially offensive items or services. 
8.2 Occasionally, if materials are of historical value or integral to the item (such as a book title), members may use offensive words and phrases in the subject and description of a posting. encourages all members to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.
8.3 generally prohibits such materials promoting Nazism, the KKK, etc.


9.1 allows the listing of tickets to performance, sporting and entertainment events to the extent permitted by law. However, as a ticket seller, you are responsible for ensuring that your particular transaction does not violate any applicable law or the terms on the ticket itself.


10.1 Items containing the likeness, image, name, or signature of another person are prohibited, unless the products were made or authorized by the person whose likeness, image, name or signature has been used.


11.1 prohibits listings that offer financial services, including money transfers, issuing bank guarantees and letters of credit, loans, fundraising and funding for personal investment purposes, etc.


12.1 The posting of, offering for sale, or offering for purchase of any arms, ammunitions, military ordnance, weapons (including explosive weapons), and/or any related parts or accessories is strictly prohibited. Such activity can result in your account being delisted. 
12.2 does not permit the posting, offering for sale, or offering of purchase of air guns, BB guns, paintball guns, stun guns, harpoons, spear guns, or any other weapons that may discharge a projectile containing any gas, chemicals, or explosive substances. Replica, "look-alike", and imitation products of the above items under certain circumstances will be permitted only upon the express approval of 
12.3 Any servicing, instruction, processing, or aid of producing any biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons, or any other Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or its known associated agents is strictly prohibited by international law and is accordingly prohibited on the Site. Any violation of this policy will result in the notification of government authorities by and your account being delisted. 
12.4 Knives and other cutting instruments will in most cases be permitted to be listed. Switchblade knives, gravity knifes, knuckledusters (bladed or not), bladed hand-held devices, and disguised knives are not permitted to be listed. maintains discretion over what items are appropriate and may cause removal of a listing that it deems as a weapon.


13.1 The listing or sale of sexual enhancement foods or supplements is prohibited on the Site.


14.1 Where prohibited by applicable law, the posting of tobacco products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, chewing tobacco and tobacco leaf is forbidden on the Site.
14.2 Where prohibited by applicable law, the posting of nicotine and liquids for use in electronic cigarettes is forbidden on the Site.

15. GOLD, SILVER AND OTHER PRECIOUS METALS does not permit listings that offer the sale or buying of gold, silver and other precious metals (not including jewelry).


16.1 The following items may not be listed on the Site: 
(a) Items that claim to be, or appear similar to, official government-issued identification documents or licenses, such as birth certificates, drivers licenses, visas or passports. Furthermore, completed applications for such documents containing personal information may not be listed. 
(b) Fake identification cards or any items that are designed for the manufacture of such cards.
(c) Articles of clothing or identification that claim to be, or appear similar to, official government uniforms.
(d) Military decorations, medals and awards, in addition to items with substantially similar designs.


17.1 The posting, offering for sale, or offering for purchase of hazardous or dangerous materials (such as the categories of dangerous goods as defined under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) is forbidden on the Site.
17.2 The posting of any products containing harmful substances (e.g. toys containing lead paint) is forbidden on the Site. 
17.3 Automotive airbags are expressly forbidden on the site due to containing explosive materials.
17.4 Asbestos materials and/or products containing asbestos are prohibited.


18.1 prohibits the listing of any humans, the human body, or any human body part. Examples of such prohibited items include, but are not limited to: organs, bone, blood, sperm, and eggs. 
18.2 Skulls and skeletons that are used for medical or educational purposes may be listed on the Site.
18.3 Items made of human hair, such as wigs for commercial uses, are permitted.


19.1 The listing or sale of any form of invoices or receipts (including blank, pre-filled, or value added invoices or receipts), is strictly prohibited on the Site.


20.1 Job postings from which a factory/company/institute may directly recruit employees are prohibited on the Site.


21.1 The posting or sale of bulk email or mailing lists that contain personally identifiable information including names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses, is strictly prohibited. Also prohibited are software or other tools which are designed or used to send unsolicited commercial email (i.e. "spam").


22.1 prohibits listings that offer medical or healthcare services, including services for medical treatment, rehabilitation, vaccination, healthcheck, psychological counseling, dietetics, plastic surgery, massage, etc.


23.1 Non-transferable items may not be posted or sold through the Site. Many items including lottery tickets, airline tickets and some event tickets may not be resold or transferred.


24.1 The posting of law enforcement badges or official law enforcement equipment from any public authority, including badges issued by the government of any country, is strictly prohibited. 
24.2 There are some limited police items that may be listed on our site, provided they observe any noted guidelines: 
(a) Authorized general souvenir items, such as hats, mugs, pins, pens, buttons, cuff links, T-shirts, money clips that do not resemble badges, and paperweights that do not contain badges. 
(b) Badges that are clearly not genuine or official (e.g. toy badges). 
(c) Historical badges that do not resemble modern law enforcement badges, provided that the item description clearly states that the badge is a historical piece at least 75 years old or issued by an organization which no longer exists. 
24.3 Police uniforms may be posted provided that they are obsolete and in no way resemble current issue police uniforms. This fact must be clearly stated within the posting description.


25.1 The posting or sale of pornographic materials is strictly prohibited, as it violates laws in many countries. While pornography is difficult to define and standards vary from nation to nation, will generally follow guidelines accepted in the United States of America. 
25.2 strictly prohibits items depicting exploitation of minors, bestiality, rape sex, incest or sex with graphic violence or degradation.
25.3 In determining whether listings or information should be removed from the site, we consider the overall content of the posting, including photos, pictorials, and text.
25.4 does not permit the sale of SM. Novelty sexually explicit items, including various types of toys, collectibles, or food items in the shape of genitalia and primarily intended for adult buyers are permitted in the appropriate category.


26.1 is an ideal site for consumer to consumer, business to consumer, and business to business commercial transactions. Honesty and high ethical standards is what we represent. Postings on this site should clearly represent the item being sold. If your objective is otherwise, we ask that you seek out other websites to carry on the business activity you seek to perform.


27.1 does not permit the posting of prescription drugs. If you are uncertain as to whether your item is permitted, please contact prior to posting.
27.2 does not permit the posting of psychotropic drugs and narcotics. 
27.3 Member may post over-the-counter drugs if you have obtained necessary approval, license or permit to manufacture or sell drugs. If you are uncertain as to whether you may post over-the-counter drugs, please contact prior to posting. 
27.4 also does not permit the posting of unauthorized medical devices.


28.1 A real estate posting allows buyers to contact the seller to get more information and express interest about the property listed. Before you post a listing relating to sale or purchase of real estate, you must ensure that you have complied with all applicable laws and regulations.


29.1 The sale and purchase of refurbished mobile phones, laptops and computers is prohibited on the Site.


30.1 Listing of counterfeits, non-licensed replicas, or unauthorized items, such as counterfeit designer garment, watches, handbags, sunglasses, or other accessories, is strictly prohibited on the Site. 
30.2 If the products sold bear the name or logo of a company, but did not originate from or were not endorsed by that company, such products are prohibited from the Site. 
30.3 Postings of luxury brand products are permitted if a certificate of authorization has been issued by the luxury brand owner. 
30.4 Postings offering to sell or purchase replicas, counterfeits or other unauthorized items shall be subject to removal by Repeated postings of counterfeit or unauthorized items shall result in the immediate suspension of your membership.


31.1 Descramblers or other items that can be used to gain unauthorized access to television programming (such as satellite and cable TV), internet access, telephone, data or other protected, restricted, or premium services are prohibited. Stating the item is for educational or test purposes will not legitimize a product that is otherwise inappropriate. Some examples of items which are not permitted include smart cards and card programmers, descramblers, DSS emulators and hacking software. 
31.2 Similarly, information on "how to" descramble or gain access to cable or satellite television programming or other services without authorization or payment is prohibited.'s policy is to prohibit any encouragement of this type of activity. 
31.3 Devices designed to intentionally block, jam or interfere with authorized radio communications, such as cellular and personal communication services, police radar, global positioning systems (GPS) and wireless networking services (Wi-Fi) are prohibited.


32.1 Academic Software
(a) Academic software is software sold at discounted prices to students, teachers, and employees of accredited learning institutions. 
(b) On the Site, please do not list any academic software unless you are so authorized. Postings violating's academic software policy may be deleted prior to publication. 
(c) For postings of academic software on behalf of an authorized educational reseller or an educational institution, such licensure must be stated conspicuously in the postings, including selling leads, Products and companies. A certificate of authorization issued by the authorized educational reseller (or the educational institution) also must be provided to 
32.2 OEM Software
(a) Do not list "OEM" or "bundled" copies of software on the Site unless you are selling it with computer hardware. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or bundled software, is software that is obtained as part of the purchase of a new computer. OEM software licenses usually prohibit the purchaser from reselling the software without the computer or, in some cases, without any computer hardware.


33.1 The listing or sale of spy equipment is not permitted on the Site.
33.2 The listing of devices used for interception of wire, oral and electronic communications is prohibited.
33.3 Hidden photographic devices are permitted, unless used to facilitate the surreptitious viewing or recording of individuals for sexual purposes.


34.1 does not permit the listing or sale of stocks, bonds, credit, investment interests, or other securities.


35.1 The posting or sale of stolen property is strictly forbidden on the Site, and violates international law. Stolen property includes items taken from private individuals, as well as property taken without authorization from companies or governments. 
35.2 supports and cooperates with law enforcement efforts involving the recovery of stolen property and the prosecution of responsible individuals. If you are concerned that the images and/or text in your item description have been used by another Site user without your authorization, or that your intellectual property rights have been violated by such user, please contact our service team at


36.1 The offering for sale or purchase of textile quota is prohibited on the Site


37.1 The following items related to the commercial airline and public transportation industries may not be listed on the Site: 
(a) Any article of clothing or identification related to transportation industries, including but not limited to, commercial airline pilot's uniforms, flight attendant's uniforms, airport service personnel uniforms, uniforms related to railway industries, and uniforms of security personnel of public transport industries. Vintage clothing related to commercial airlines or other public transport may be listed on the Site provided that the item description clearly states that the item is at least 10 years old, is no longer in use by the airline or other public transport authority and does not resemble any current uniform. 
(b) Manuals or other materials related to mass commercial public transportation, including safety manuals published by commercial airlines or entities operating subways, trains or buses. Such items may only be listed if the description clearly states that the material is obsolete and no longer in use by the airline or other transit authority. 
(c) Any official, internal, or non-public documents.


38.1 The listing or sale of unauthorized (pirated, duplicated, backup, bootleg, etc.) copies of software programs, video games, music albums, movies, television programs, photographs or other protected works is forbidden on the Site.


39.1 Used undergarments may not be listed or sold on the Site. Other used clothing may be listed, so long as the clothing has been thoroughly cleaned. Postings that contain inappropriate or extraneous descriptions will be removed. 
39.2 The listing or sale of used cosmetics is prohibited on the Site.


40.1 Prescription veterinary products and drugs may not be listed on the Site.


41.1 The listing or sale of any animal (including any animal parts which may include pelts, skins, internal organs, teeth, claws, shells, bones, tusks, ivory and other parts) protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or any other local law or regulation is strictly forbidden on the Site. 
41.2 The listing or sale of products made with any part of and/or containing any ingredient derived from sharks or marine mammals is prohibited on the Site.
41.3 The listing or sale of products made from cats or dogs, including pelts, skins, fur, meat, is prohibited on the Site. 
41.4 The listing or sale of poultry, livestock and pets for commercial purposes is permitted on the Site.


42.1 Products prohibited by laws, regulations, sanctions and trade restrictions in any relevant country or jurisdiction worldwide are strictly forbidden on the Site.

NOTICE: This list should not be considered exhaustive in nature and shall be updated on a continuous basis. If you are unsure about the product you wish to list with the Site in regard to its appropriateness or legality, please contact our customer services department at

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