What is the Mad Economy?
The Mad Economy has been a dream of ours for a number of years and one that has always until now been on our to-do list. We have now turned that dream into reality and Working to Recovery are happy to bring you MadEconomy.com
MadEconomy.com is a web based market place that has at its core the idea that collectively we can create a mad economy that benefits an up to now often ignored group of people in our society. The Mad Economy is not a thing rather the Mad Economy is made up of a community of interest which in turn is made up of people.
When you go into the mad economy site you will enter via our homepage. This page acts both as a gateway into the marketplace and a browsing point for news, information, blogs and a place to leave comments or chat to other browsers. The home page is also where buyers and sellers register for membership in the Mad Economy. Membership is free though donations are accepted, all of which will be used to develop Mad Projects. Once registered people will be able to enter the market place and buy, sell or explore.
In the Mad Economy there are different areas called Mad News, Mad Blogs, Mad Info where people can find information, keep up to date with the latest mental health related news and leave comments. In the market place section, we have Mad Buy, Mad sell, Mad wanted, Mad ads, Mad arts, Mad crafts, Mad books, Mad music, Mad jobs, Mad services, Mad love, Mad accommodation and there is also a section called Fairly Mad that will allow artists (etc) in developing countries to sell their wares at proper market rates, a bit like fair trade for mental health. There is also an area on Mad education, Mad training, Mad consultancy and Mad therapists.
Who is part of the Mad Economy?
One in four people will have a mental health diagnosis in their life-time, the other three in four are probably family or friends of this group of diagnosed people making the Mad Economy potentially the largest market place in the world with every one being a potential member.
How will the Mad Economy work?
The Mad Economy site operates in many ways like Amazon and E-Bay, with the major difference being ALL profits will be used to fund mental health projects outside of the system that are recovery based. These projects will be new and innovative and 50% of them will be in developing countries and 50% in the developed world. We are committed to funding 200 projects in our first two years.
The Mad Economy has been developed in a way that is easy to use for both buyers and sellers. Equally, it is easy to use for those who want to advertise their services, be it Cafe’s, Catering, B&B’s, Entertainer’s, Bands (etc). You will be able to advertise your services for a long period of time (One Year) at a very low price.
We also have Prime Site Advertising at a low cost for those who want to be seen every time a particular area of the site is opened. For example, a band in Prime Site would have their music playing each time Music was clicked on and with only 5 spots available for Prime Site advertising, this could give a band a lot of exposure for their music!