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CouchSurfing vs CouchCorporation

Travel Forums General Talk CouchSurfing vs CouchCorporation

1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As some of you may have noticed, is rapidly mutating from a community-driven project into a corporation with a closed, rather opaque leadership structure. Interestingly, one where the bulk of the work is still supposed to be done by volunteers, but without giving them a real say in anything.

For those of you who are members of CS (or HospitalityClub; to my understanding, something very similar happened there, too) I wondered whether and how this affects your attitude towards hospitality networks. In my case, even though I was enthusiastic at first, and I still sympathise with the idea behind CS, the recent changes made me reconsider, and I finally decided to stop giving feedback or contributing financially, simply because I feel it no longer benefits the 'cause', but the 'corporation' instead. What do you think?

2. Posted by BillyPyro (Budding Member 22 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've looked through that site before and have been interested in how it operates and the likes, but have never ventured into doing something like it. I'm not totally sure what you mean, but there is always how about giving that one a try?

3. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

@ bentivogli
Not sure what you are trying to say?
Do you know more about the background of CS? Who are the people behind of them?

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'm not trying to say more than is there in my original post, kombizz; I'm curious how organisational policies of the people that run hospitality networks affect members' attitudes towards them. As this is not a discussion that can be carried out in any meaningful way in the forums of (which I think says a lot), I take my curiosity elsewhere :)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hmm, that's interesting. Wasn't aware of that change over at cs. I'm not a member (or maybe I am, but without a couch out in any case), so don't really have any clear opinions on this. What is interesting though is that the concept has definitely become more mainstream with a Facebook app (couchswap it's called I believe) being launched that is effectively the same, but owned by TripUp, which in turn was just bought by Sidestep.