Streetbank is a community platform which encourages neighbourhood engagement. On Streetbank, things can be shared and help offered. Streetbank is very easy to use. Registration is free, and only a name and location must be entered. The only condition for membership is that someone must offer to lend something.
As soon as the offer is entered, offerings from other neighbours within a one or two kilometre radius are shown. Many different things are offered – from books, CDs and DVDs to garden tools, couches, chairs, tables and cupboards to computer games, French lessons, bicycle repairs and paint work.
The Streetbank community is growing quickly. Since its founding in 2011, more than 20,000 people have registered, and roughly 40,000 offers of help or loans of things have been made in the first 18 months. Streetbank is sustainable and economical at the same time; for example, in a street with 100 houses, each resident uses a ladder maybe once a year, perhaps to clean the gutters – but probably not every house needs its own ladder. If the ladder were shared, one would probably suffice. In terms of environmental friendliness, it makes sense to help others as well as re-use and recycle things, as it saves resources.
Similar to Yerdle and other American startups, Streetbank is supporting the growing interest in the digital sharing community. And in the process, pursues a very idealistic belief: that communities which help each other are more close-knit and are pleasant places to live. That again differentiates Streetbank from all the other services.