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.
I'm new here and sometimes learning a new website can be a little challenging. How can I navigate my profile effectively?
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 OpenSourceLiving.org:
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:
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:
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).
You will be directed to the Member page. Here you can view members based on alphabetical groupings, latest (newest), currently online, and alphabetical order.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. GENERAL PROHIBITIONS:
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 www.OpenSourceLiving.org 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.
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