What: OpenTree is a multi-faceted platform integrating OpenTrade (a local buy, sell, trade and barter system), OpenFestival (for organizing community support events), OpenForum (a space for community discussions and projects), and OpenRefuse (aimed at food waste reduction and redistribution).

Why: The platform seeks to strengthen community bonds, support local economies, encourage sustainable practices, and foster communal problem-solving, as well as garner community support. OpenTree taps into the growing interest in, and need for, ethical consumerism, localism, and community-driven and supported initiatives.

How: Through a user-friendly, engaging online interface, OpenTree will leverage online media and grass-roots community engagement to grow its user base and impact. The platform and technologies are geared to help facilitate the objective of building a better world through stronger communities.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased local business support and community engagement through OpenTrade, helping refocus funds and resources back into local communities instead of filtering out to large multi-national corporations..
  • Active discussions and collaborations that allow our community to organize, drive and support solutions to the most important issues (OpenForum).
  • Successful hosting and participation in community-oriented events that support local worthy causes and initiatives (OpenFestival).
  • Reduction in the huge number of “40% of all food wasted” with benefits going to those in need (OpenRefuse).
  • Lasting positive impact on communities everywhere, helping craft a better world, for today…and tomorrow, with OpenTree.

The OpenTree platform is a free and open source development project by and between the community at large. If you’d like to become part of the development process, please join us on OpenForum. You can also join today in order to become a part of the official launch of OpenTree for your community.

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Who Are We?

We are many, and we represent all. We are the teachers and the bakers, the local grocer and the small homestead farm that meets at the farmers market each week. We are your neighbors. We are your community.

Robert Kuntz
OpenTree Founder