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Share Spray: A New Way to Do Everything
October 13, 2012 – 9:56 pm | Comments Off
Share Spray: A New Way to Do Everything

Last year, an inspiring and creative friend, Rebecca Valentine of Share Exchange, handed me a bottle of something she called “share spray.”  It was a lovely rose water spray which – as the label indicated …

When the Sharing Hits the Fan
October 13, 2012 – 9:35 pm | Comments Off
When the Sharing Hits the Fan

By Emily Doskow
Q: In the past, whenever I have tried to share with others there has been tension over some part of the arrangement, and sometimes things have ended badly. Any advice for preventing that?
A: Sharing …

How to Start a “Stuff” Sharing Group
October 13, 2012 – 9:05 pm | Comments Off
How to Start a “Stuff” Sharing Group

A neighborhood stuff sharing group is primarily a system of borrowing and lending, in which participants allow others to use their stuff but actual ownership of the items doesn’t change hands. To get started, you’ll …

How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group
October 13, 2012 – 8:44 pm | Comments Off
How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group

Q: My house needs a lot of work, but I just don’t have the time or skills. Is sharing work with neighbors a solution? How can I can do that?

A: I grew up a city girl, …

The Four Degrees of Sharing
October 13, 2012 – 8:17 pm | Comments Off
The Four Degrees of Sharing

Sharing is a big deal these days. Sharing is a growth industry, a new field of study and of practice; it presents a realm of career opportunities, a new way of life, and a concept …

How to Share a Vegetable Garden
October 13, 2012 – 4:42 pm | Comments Off
How to Share a Vegetable Garden

 

Question: “I would like to start a vegetable garden, but I live in an apartment and don’t have yard space. My neighbor a few blocks down has a huge front yard and she offered to let me …

How to Barter, Give, and Get Stuff
October 11, 2012 – 1:14 pm | One Comment
How to Barter, Give, and Get Stuff

Read it on Shareable.net: How to Barter Give and Get Stuff: Attorney Janelle Orsi Explains the Legal Nuts and Bolts of a Sharing Economy

Sample Babysitting Cooperative Agreement
October 1, 2012 – 3:21 pm | Comments Off
Sample Babysitting Cooperative Agreement

A community babysitting cooperative often refers to an arrangement in which families share child care without any money changing hands. Instead, the care itself is the currency of exchange. For example, in many babysitting cooperatives, …

Sample Ridesharing Agreement
September 2, 2012 – 7:24 pm | Comments Off
Sample Ridesharing Agreement

A Note About Insurance and Carpooling
If you will be carting people around on a regular basis, you may want to increase your limit of liability. The more people in a car during an accident, the higher …

Sample Yard Sharing Agreement
August 26, 2012 – 9:04 pm | Comments Off
Sample Yard Sharing Agreement

Taking Down the Fence Between You and Your Neighbor
If you have a good relationship with your neighbor and you both own your homes (or have the blessing of your landlords), you can expand your yard …

Shareable Has Launched! Please Spread the News!
October 2, 2009 – 7:47 pm | Comments Off

This is a huge boost for the sharing revolution: Shareable.net has launched!  Shareable is a new online magazine, a breeding ground for sharing ideas, and a space to develop our visions for an innovative, sharing, and …

Plant Sharing – Good For Us, Good For Our Plants
October 1, 2009 – 7:36 pm | One Comment
Plant Sharing – Good For Us, Good For Our Plants

Every year, my mom, an avid gardener, puts out the word to her friends and colleagues that she is having a massive plant give-away. Her garden seems to get more vibrant every year, but I …

Sharing Food and Making Friends
September 17, 2009 – 7:17 pm | Comments Off

Here’s a great idea for sharing food in community with others: get a bunch of people, many of whom are strangers to one another, together in a kitchen and give them cooking assignments in small …

Sharing Revolution v. Big Grey Cloud
July 5, 2009 – 12:35 pm | One Comment

With all the excitement around the release of The Sharing Solution, I have been daydreaming lately about the sharing revolution. The sharing revolution. Hmm… that seems to merit capital letters: THE SHARING REVOLUTION!
That’s better.
We are on the …

Cash-Strapped States Find Sharing Is One Solution
May 26, 2009 – 6:59 pm | Comments Off

Once in a while, someone hears about The Sharing Solution and says, “That’s SO California!” To the contrary, sharing is catching on all over the place, as the New York Times reports in an article about sharing between …

Coming Together at the Seams (or “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More People from Having to Buy Sewing Machines”)
May 25, 2009 – 4:56 pm | One Comment
Coming Together at the Seams (or “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More People from Having to Buy Sewing Machines”)

A friend of mine who is a landscaper recently told me about his plans to spend an afternoon at a local sewing center, patching up his denim work pants and mending various articles of clothing. …

Free the Cans! Working Together to Reduce Waste
May 23, 2009 – 12:57 am | One Comment
Free the Cans! Working Together to Reduce Waste

In a blog about how people share, it’s worth the occasional reference to the bizarre ways that people DON’T SHARE. Is it safe to say we live in a society that places great value on …

Sophisticated Stuff Sharing
May 21, 2009 – 12:33 am | One Comment

Sharing can be a simple as lending a book to a friend, but opportunities are arising on the Internet to share more things, more often, and with more people, including those you don’t know. There …

A Mouthwatering Day of Sharing
May 18, 2009 – 11:59 pm | Comments Off
A Mouthwatering Day of Sharing

To be completely honest, while my enthusiasm for sharing is motivated in part by my desire to create a better world, it’s also driven in large part my by passion for FOOD. I can’t even …

Shared Work Weekend Means New Fence for Neighbor
April 24, 2009 – 8:59 pm | One Comment
Shared Work Weekend Means New Fence for Neighbor

The Maxwell Park Neighborhood Work Group, featured in Chapter 7 of The Sharing Solution (“Sharing Household Goods, Purchases, Tasks, and Space”), was hard at work this weekend.

The fence was, unfortunately, somewhat urgent because one …