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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 …

How to Start a Neighborhood Fruit Harvest
October 13, 2012 – 9:23 pm | Comments Off
How to Start a Neighborhood Fruit Harvest

Anyone with a mature fruit tree is familiar with the annual quandaries: How do you get all that fruit out of the tree and what do you do with 500 plums? If you’ve ever tried …

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 …

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 …

New App for Cab Sharing Could Help Travelers Share and Save
January 6, 2010 – 8:39 pm | One Comment
New App for Cab Sharing Could Help Travelers Share and Save

An article in today’s Seattle Times about cab-sharing from Seattle-Tacoma Airport got me wondering why more cities don’t facilitate this money-saving and ecologically sound form of transportation. The article features a new application for the …

A Big List of Sharing Ideas from Green Fest
November 23, 2009 – 6:17 pm | Comments Off
A Big List of Sharing Ideas from Green Fest

Here’s yet another list of sharing ideas! We collected these ideas on post-it notes from visitors to our booth at the San Francisco Green Festival. We asked people to tell us their ideas for …

Sharing Ideas from Bioneers: Part 3
November 10, 2009 – 5:23 pm | Comments Off
Sharing Ideas from Bioneers: Part 3

At our “Cooperative Living and Sharing Brainstorm Booth” at the Bioneers Conference, we also asked people to tell us: “What are barriers to community building?”
Here are some of the answers:

Petty issues that get people …

Sharing ideas from Bioneers: Part 2
November 7, 2009 – 5:17 pm | One Comment
Sharing ideas from Bioneers: Part 2

We asked attendees of the Bioneers conference to write down an answer to “What Do You Share?” Here is what they said:
* Tools
* Plants

This Sustainability Movement is Brought to You by the Letter C
October 5, 2009 – 9:11 pm | One Comment
This Sustainability Movement is Brought to You by the Letter C

As writers, we are taught to “always avoid all awkward alliteration” and I find myself constantly worried that the letter “C” appears conspicuously, consecutively, and continuously in my sentences – community, cooperation, connection, common. …

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 …

Shareable Has Launched: A new web community for sharing
October 2, 2009 – 6:53 pm | Comments Off
Shareable Has Launched: A new web community for sharing

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, …

Shared Housing is also for the Mechanically Inclined
October 1, 2009 – 7:40 pm | One Comment
Shared Housing is also for the Mechanically Inclined

Today, there was yet another article about sharing in the New York Times – “The Modern Answer to the Commune,” profiling the urban optimists who are forming shared housing around common values, sustainability, and, as …

Sharing the Task of Nurturing Our Local Economies
September 27, 2009 – 11:03 pm | Comments Off
Sharing the Task of Nurturing Our Local Economies

Yesterday, I moderated a panel discussion and had many great conversations at the Festival for Grassroots Economies, where brilliant ideas seemed to be generated, on average, every 2 seconds. My mind is still spinning from …

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 …

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 …

What to Do With 500 Plums
April 20, 2009 – 8:32 pm | Comments Off

Last summer, I had a couple of exchanges that went like this:
Exchange #1:
Me: “Hi Donna! I brought you a bag of plums from our tree!”
Donna: [Breathing a long sigh.] “Well, ok. I’ll take them. But …

Some Benefits of Sharing
April 16, 2009 – 8:12 pm | 2 Comments

The benefits of sharing are many, and I’m always discovering new ones. Sharing can benefit us personally and financially, and it can make the world a much better place. Here is a listing of some …