ACTION KIT: Guide to Sharing – tips for exchanging stuff, time, skills, and space

by New Dream   |   July 26, 2012

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It's one of the first things we learn as kids: how to share.

But this practice usually fades as we become adults. Our houses become filled with our own “stuff.” When we need something, our first thought is to go out and buy it. Garages, attics, basements, and closets transform into cluttered warehouses. But does it have to be this way?

The first guide in New Dream's Community Action Kit is all about sharing: everything from starting a tool library to organizing a solar cooperative, from holding a clothing swap to launching a time bank.

With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Sharing provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on these projects in your community—right away!

This guide is produced in collaboration with Shareable and explores four Action Ideas to help communities share more:

  • Organize a Community Swap – with a focus on clothing swaps
  • Lend Locally – with a focus on tool libraries
  • Share Time, Labor, and Skills – with a focus on time banks
  • Set up a Co-op – with a focus on solar co-ops

Tell Us What You Think!

Do you find the Guide to Sharing useful? Have you tried our project ideas in your community?
Please email us to share your stories, questions, tips, and other feedback. 

About New Dream's Community Action Kit

The Guide to Sharing is part of New Dream's Community Action Kit, a series of free online guides to help people organize collective action and civic engagement to build more sustainable, healthier, and happier communities. 

> > > Like this guide? You'll also love our Guide to Going Local!