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Couchsurfing was created on Casey Fentons initiative in 2003. Couchsurfings mission represented for the members an alternative to the values of our time. Refusing selfishness, indifference, individualism, we chose to offer sharing and exchange, diversity and hospitality. We learnt to enrich each other. We approached cultural diversity. Weve broken barriers. We wanted and still want to build a better world, couch after couch.

We learnt that the stranger is a friend we havent met yet.

Casey Fenton gave much of his time and energy to build the Couchsurfing platform. But in this fabulous adventure, he didnt stand alone very long. Volunteers from all over the world have been working together to build a community which is now part of their lives. This work involved thousands of members who gave as much as he did to build the community.

But on Wednesday August 24th, 2011, Couchsurfing muted into a for-profit corporation, a certified B-Corporation. The new corporation thus takes over the entire property of material and intellectual goods of Couchsurfing, which have been given in one way or another by the members. Its capital goes in part to CouchSurfings employees and in part to private investors. More than before, CouchSurfing members have had no word to say. The decision was taken unilaterally by the founders.

If Couchsurfing was in danger, why not asking the members to help? Why not draw on the members resources instead of privatising Couchsurfing?
Today, Couchsurfing members are sad to hear that the organisation has become a for-profit coporation. We want to protest against a minority of people taking possession of the benefits of a 5 years work that involved thousands of members. Volunteers have worked intensively building the Website and creating dynamic local communities.

By signing this petition, you are expressing your indignation and your disapproval about what is unduly happening. Your help is critical to circulate this petition.

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