Updated on September 14, 2020
In the past couple of days we have been adding new tribes* to Trustroots. In total there are 15 additions, based on the most frequent requests we’ve gotten from yourselves.
At the moment the images and descriptions are work in progress, so if you got an epic photo that would make a great Tribe* cover, send it to email@example.com, or join the conversation in our Volunteer Chat.
Sometime in the coming months there will be further updates regarding tribes* and what they can become in the future, so stay tuned for that!
(*Before August 2020, Trustroots Circles were called “Tribes”.)
Updated on June 9, 2020
The elephant in the room
Couchsurfing, the largest hospitality exchange network has announced on the 14th of May, that they will be requiring many of their users to pay a monthly subscription. Since Trustroots is also enabling hospitality exchange, this is very relevant to us.
While Couchsurfing hasn’t claimed to be a charity or a non-profit since 2011, this move has angered many members of the community. When Couchsurfing turned into a for-profit, there were claims that it would also remain free. So the questions that are being asked about Couchsurfing are also relevant to other networks.
While we aren’t taking any particular action in the wake of Couchsurfing’s decision, we’re putting this post out as a “state of Trustroots in 2020” in the topics of transparency, non-profit status, community ownership and what kind of legal backing stands behind our good word to never sell out to venture capitalists.