Nightbank aims to build an international community that shares sleeping space to support social and ecological initiatives. Its platform lets tourists find a place to sleep in cities around the world. This accommodation is provided by the owner in exchange for the tourist making a donation to one of the social or ecological initiatives listed on the Nighbank site. Nightbank will strengthen European democracy as it presents a new funding mechanism to create new communities with shared goals.
Most of the current users of Nightbank are from Europe (e.g. Berlin, Athens or London)
Nightbank provides a space for diverse people to meet, discuss politics and support projects. For example, we have already supported a social pharmacy project in Athens with the help of spacers from UK and Germany. We envision a Europe where people open their homes and share their sleeping space.
We already have built the platform. If we are selected we will have the oppurtunity to grow our community fast and realize many social and ecological initiatives across Europe.
Comparison with other hospitality platforms or hospitality networks shows the special innovation: NightBank allows its users to donate' nights' instead of money and thus promotes altruistic behaviour. As NightBank will operate globally on a long-term basis, it is the first global' altruistic echo chamber' on the net. We also believe the Night Bank can be a new funding mechanism for small NGOs and an exciting way to use the sharing economy to
create new communities with shared goals.
The idea of Nightbank originated in 2015 after the earthquake in Nepal. Anthropologist Dr. Hoffmann founded a group which raised funds to help rebuild a village in the Nepalese highlands. From this, the idea of building an own platform with the project name 'The Night Bank' arose.
Nightbank works with local partners, scholar activists, non-profit associations and grassroots movements around the world. It supports initiatives that generate communal assets or shared resources for these communities.
We hope others will sign up on nightbank.org and use our feedback button on the plattform to help improve the site and space for initiatives.