Goodnik is a community-based skill-sharing platform where users can find people in their communities (or the site at large) who can help them with their projects, or find projects they can help others with. When you help people, you earn goodnikels, which are a time based time-based alternative currency that you can then use to hire others to help with your projects. Each goodnikel is worth 1/10th of an hour of time, or in other words for each hour that you help someone, you earn 10 goodnikels, and can hire someone else to work for you for an hour. Every goodnikel is “mined” in the service of a social impact organization, which get goodnikel “service grants” to help them solve their organizations’ problems. In that way, everyone who is part of Goodnik is a do-gooder, a mensch, a stand-up citizen who has either helped a social impact organization directly or indirectly by working on projects on the site.

When you sign up, you’ll get a few goodnikels in your account to get you started. You can use those goodnikels to get a consultation from someone else on the site that could help you with whatever project your working on, whether that’s a for-profit, non-profit, day-job or side-gig, or just something that you’d like to learn more about. To hire people for bigger projects, you’ll have to earn some goodnikels by helping other people on the site with their projects. Once you’ve earned goodnikels, you can use them to hire web developers, graphic designers, marketing experts, lawyers, and accountants, or any number of other skilled service providers.

Of course, if have more money than you have goodnikels, you can also offer to compensate for work with cash. Using either goodnikels or cash helps keep wealth in your community and support the causes you care about. And that’s what Goodnik is really all about – supporting your community, supporting your cause, and supporting yourself.