The philosofree behind the Freeconomy community differentiates it from other forms of alternative economy.
Whilst others are still focused on the concept of exchange, Freeconomy is based on 'Pay-it-forward' principles and economics. One week someone who you have never helped may share their time, skills, tools or spare spaces with you for free; another week someone who has never helped you may ask you to do the same. Every time you help someone you just ask him or her to 'pay the favour forward'.
Not only do you then still have access to a huge resource, you also build the trust and friendships in communities that inevitably form when someone does something 'just for the love of it'.
This is our point - if somebody needs help, why do we need to get anything in return? Is the fact that another human being needs your help not excuse enough?