Lightfoot Post

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Introduction

Lightfoot is a open source global postal delivery community, connecting people together and living in harmony with the Earth. Lightfoot is about staying in touch, writing letters, written on real paper, in real ink, by ones own hand. With Lightfoot Post, you can have fun staying in touch, and add extra color to your correspondence by having a traveller deliever your correspondence by hand.

Advantages

  • Deliever letters absolutely free!
  • Letters are great, but if all you do is drop it off at the post office, without a thought for what method they'll use to deliver it, or where your money actually goes, it's hard to tell just how much environmental impact you're having.

Disadvantages

  • When to Take a package on your travels, Lost Packages, Unable to Deliver, Time Sensitive Items, Fragile items.

Where? Anywhere!

Several pernament mailboxes can be found around the world. Boxes already can be found at:

  • Casa Robino, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Tea Haus, Berlin, Germany
  • El Mas del Potro, Barranc del Sinc Alcoi, Spain
  • Casale Monferrato, Piedmonte, Italy
  • Trellis Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • S 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
  • S.H.A.H, 217 Grace Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Setting tp your own Lightfoot Post Office

Just do it! The ideal here is to have as many boxes in as many places as possible. If you would love to share your home/space and open it up as a Lightfoot Centre, that is one of the best ways you can help. Design a box, deck it out with the logo, and get all your friends and guests to start writing! Mention it on tour hospitality exchange profile.

This way letters can travel from Box to Box. Say a deputy is only going half the distance of the package, but will be passing a Lightfoot Post Box along the way... They drop it in to the new post centre where it will wait for the next deputy to finish it's journey. Be sure to have the Vow on hand, and get potential deputies to read through the ideas :)

If you don't have a location for a Post Box in your life, ask around. Maybe someone nearby is keen to set one up. Maybe there is already a nomadic centre that is just waiting to find a lightfoot way of transporting letters!

If there is no Lightfoot Post Box in your city, and nowhere to build one, the simple solution is to check online, find the nearest centre to you, jump on a bike and take a holiday! Make sure you bring a bunch of letters to pop in the box, and take any suitable ones back with you.

Lightfoot Postman Traveller

Anyone can become a Lightfoot Postal Deputy - just drop a letter of your own in the box, and if there's one addressed to somewhere near your destination, take the Vow, and join the ranks of people who've found a better alternative to airmail consumption. Take it seriously - people are counting on you! Think ahead and know where to go. Find the address and drop it off personally - make new friends, share experiences, and be the bridge that spans the gap between separated communities.

Lightfoot Vow

Repeat the following words aloud: "I am open, not closed. I trust myself, I trust others. I travel Light and stay aware. I protect solidarity. I hereby invoke my promise to deliver this parcel."

Guide to writing letters

  • Maybe a quick note to say hello to the famly or friends.
  • Think about who who wish to write to - just reach out to someone! Friends, family, lovers, strangers - everyone loves to get letters, and Lightfoot letters are the best kind! * Be creative! Use metaphors and similes, alliteration, or other literary tricks to liven things up. Ask questions to show your interest and encourage a response. Be forthcoming and honest; a letter composition is an opportunity to be frank. It doesn't have to be perfect; it's especially true with handwritten letters that "It's the thought that counts."
  • Adorn the envelope a bit. Include directions to the address or a quick note i.e. "50 km North of Paris," and if you anticipate language barriers, write a note in their language on there too. It may be appropriate to list the contents of a package, if they're perishable or if it has to cross tricky borders. Put a return address, or at least an email, on the outside; and something that says "sustainable transport only."
  • The envelope is an important part of your letter, so make it attractive and clever. And don't forget to recycle & reuse - second-hand paper always has more character anyway!
  • Make sure the letter is carrying your scent and trace oils from your fingertips, your creativity, and your unique, one-of-a-kind style writings or doddles.

Other Advice and Tips

  • Think about how you're living while you're writing or carrying a letter.Choose sustainable methods of transportation, and be aware of the effects of your decisions.
  • "Pass on the Badge" You can deputize another traveler to take over the mission.

Resources

Sustaianable Post is a great inroduction and resource.