The idea is a community asset library which would allow a community to own and lend from an inventory of infrequently used items. This could include any kind of item but works well for those which are only required a few times per year or less; for example garden gazebos, camping tents, kayaks, bouncy castles, lawn rollers, projectors, power tools, etc. Rather than have to purchase these items individually, or know someone that you can borrow them from, they can simply be booked and loaned from the community inventory.
Items can be received by donation and by charging a subscription fee the cooperative could have buying power, allowing it to purchase new items and replace old/damaged/lost items (self-insurance). 100 households x £5 per month = £6000 per year…
As a POC I hacked together a process and website for managing a distributed catalogue of items and facilitating loan requests. Obviously, a much neater technical solution would be possible, but what are your thoughts on the idea in general?
Feel free to take a look at the site here: