Community, The Ideas Diary

One night in ten: Distributed postal service

Stemming from the communities talking to each other conundrum, but with a little of rising fuel costs thrown in.

Do we really need mail delivered to our door?

What if it was 5 doors down, and I had to pop round (or they did by private arrangement if I’m really lazy) or the end of the street?

What if we allowed trusted parties to hold our post (would make DHL and other deliveries easier)?

What if we were able to coordinate transport through people’s daily routes?

Is it possible for anyone to sell stamps for their service or create an alternate payment system?

Difficult issues here are service signup (both provider and user), and distribution of payment – or would people do it for nothing if they all got service for very little cost – exchange of service.


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