Nov 23, 2009

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 and ways to create more sharing communities. We aren't totally clear on what all the ideas mean, but we figure that no ideas should be left behind. Here's they are:
  • Book swaps
  • Goat sharing for lawn mowing and clearing of brush
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  • Share a vegetable box
  • Art days
  • Share farm equipment, wood chippers, and snow blowers
  • Sing more
  • Work lunch co-op
  • Have "Soup Night" - a weekly event: invite friends, share poetry and music, and eat soup!
  • Wellness attention
  • Massage cooking
  • Neighborhood home improvement groups
  • Share ideas and eco-ideas
  • Energy raising (neighbors doing energy-saving retrofits for each other)
  • Water raising (neighbors building rain catchment barrels and grey water systems together)
  • Garden raising
  • Frequent potlucks on our street
  • Dance together healthy! (Barefoot Boogie Dance Jam, Berkeley)
  • Gather to can tomatoes
  • Saying "hi!"
  • Chicken feed co-ops
  • Turn loneliness into community; turn consumerism into tool-sharing; turn foreclosure into shared housing
  • Start a neighborhood compost rotation
  • Sing together (you can't have harmony unless you share the song)
  • Share boundaries (land)
  • Share clothes
  • A shared metal workshop (there's on in Mountain View, CA)
  • Corner grocery store
  • Love
  • Neighborhood garden
  • Create/enforce, morals, values & traditions in our youth
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  • Share artwork
  • Share garden produce
  • Clothes party suare
  • DIY classes
  • Share a household and all of its contents
  • Gather to make butter or soap
  • Shower together to save water
  • Poop together (your guess is as good as ours...maybe something to do with doing a community composting toilet project?)
  • Chicken sharing
  • Acceptance of others: supportive love ("I love you and there ain't a thing you can do about it.")
  • Automatic sharing
  • Of course, LOVE
  • Block parties
  • Jam sessions (make fruit preserves and music together)
  • "Sharing bags" - fill a bag with gifts, give it to someone, and then ask the person to fill it with other things and pass it on.
  • Meal sharing
  • Share a wood workshop (put everyone's tools in one place, use the space for your projects and/or gather to work on projects together). Check out the Sawdust Shop for an example of a community wood working space.
  • Stay soft and open
  • Cohousing
  • Coworking
  • Ecovillages
  • Eliminate zoning. It has done more harm than good.
  • Carpool
  • Not apart from, but a part of...
  • The power of conversation. See World Cafe.
  • Share a dog (I don't want one full-time)
  • Grow and share food locally
  • On Halloween: hand out info and/or non-boxed candy
  • Share office space