August 21, 2007

"Willing" Socialism


I am setting up a shared movie program at my office. I did this at my last workplace as well. Everyone who wants to can willingly type up their movie library into an excel sheet, and combine them with other employees who do the same. Then, we have a "Your Company Name Goes Here" Movie Library. All who willingly share their own library can request to lend movies for free from other people's collections.

Downsides. Some people's movie collections suck. They take all my good films, and I don't want to watch Bridget Jones' Diary.

But, when I willingly sign up for this program, I am aware of the risks, and do it more so because I want my coworkers to be able to have access to a great collection of free movies than what I personally gain from it.

Any other examples of where this "willing" socialism could work?

5 comments:

JMC said...

Well, they involve giving away rather than lending, but there's a website called Bookmooch where people can give and take books (though it works on a point system, so not sure if it counts) and there is Freecycle.

Justin Elder said...

The Office Refrigerator
Crayons in Elem. School
CDs, which nobody really uses anymore, but you could borrow people's to put on iTunes.

I'll think of some more...

Sabai said...

how 'bout in terms of a neighborhood? do we all need snowblowers? lawnmowers? garden hoes? tennis racquets?

Justin Elder said...

That's a good idea. Why not buy one lawnmower for you and two neighbors. Snowblower might be harder because you'll need it at the same time. If you and your neighbors get along great you could potentially share a lot of things other than maybe children and wives...

lauren said...

my roomates and i share most of what we own. we're pretty much just personal hygiene products and a common purse away from actually being a practicing socialist group.

lauren