100% of the people who flaked out used the words "trust me" or "you can count on me" or "my word is my bond" or "I promise" or "I am not a flake" or something to that effect. And the flake out rate is about 60%. If all of these people had kept their word, we would be about seven times further along now. The wofatis would be done and we would probably have four more built. I would have posted about 60 more youtube videos and I would probably have ten times more coin in my pocket right now. So we are taking extremely strong steps to mitigate this problem.
A Walton wrote:
I'm thinking that the only way to go is to use services like Workaway where people have reviews and a reputation to maintain.
Paul Wheaton wrote:The work-traders were given their passes before the event and told what they would be doing when. It sounded like the event suffered from a 70% no-show rate.
kevin stewart wrote:When someone says:
"trust me", now I don't.
Julia Winter wrote:Tangentially related: I have given up offering things up for free on Craigslist. It's far better to set a price of $5 to $20. Then the person who says they are coming after work tomorrow has a much better chance of actually showing up to get the thing.
When I offered things for free, I got dozens of responses, and almost as many no-shows.
Travis Johnson wrote:At the very least, before committing an animal to slaughter, get a down payment of some sort. Get a little risk into the game and you'll be better assured they will follow through.
Elizabeth Rose wrote: We call it "designing for ownership." How do you design systems where the idealists (many in the permaculture world) can experience how their needs may or may not be met BEFORE there are commitments or agreements that might not work out. Land stewardship, farming, facilitation - these are intense and taxing tasks, often less glamourous than our instagram feed. The problem is the solution, right? If we can design our people systems to cultivate ownership of a project, more wofatis get completed, the sawdust bucket gets full, the garden gets weeded.