Sharing is Caring (and Just Makes Sense)
Let’s spend a minute to reflect on how many social networks exist out there on the interwebs; and then take a minute to reflect on how many of those sites you take part in. These social networks are all focused around one major thing: sharing. We share countless amounts of information with friends, family, strangers—the list goes on. From basic contact information to photos and articles, we create digital personae with the data we share. Imagine if Foursquare was still really all about getting into the King’s square, instead of informing your friends of your whereabouts at all times? Now imagine this; an off-line social network—for a lot of you, I know, this is going to sound unfathomable, but in reality it’s going to change the way we reduce, reuse, and recycle.
I Share is a community based-organization that benefits from the tangible communities that already exist around us, in our own neighborhoods. Isn’t it about time we actually got to know our neighbors, and consequently got to know more about what they have to offer us? Starting later this fall in Vancouver, I Share will begin a pilot program which will allow neighbors and coworkers to begin offering and receiving valuable products and services from those closest to them. By displaying your I Share window sign, sticker, or button, you are letting others know that you not only have something to offer, but that you are interested in what they have to share as well. Think of how much money can be saved by sharing tools, appliances, or subscriptions that you wouldn’t normally need but may have a one-time use for. We can save time by sharing the yard work in the neighborhood. And most importantly we can share our passion to keep this planet as green as possible by carpooling, sharing our old music players instead of throwing them away, or sharing all of the extra sweet potatoes you harvested and can’t possibly consume on your own.
The concept of socializing offline seems to be foreign to so many of us these days but it’s time we change that perception. I Share envisions vibrant communities globally, all with the same passion for communicating and sharing. While the concept of sharing and reducing our waste is about saving money, the organization is going to need your support in the startup stage to spread the message. With $855 already pledged and two days left in the campaign, I Share just shy of its $1,000 tipping point, which will cover the costs of printing and distributing window signs and will allow the volunteers to conduct surveys to gain feedback from all pilot participants. Reaching the overall goal of $1,200 will allow I Share to bring on more pilot participants and provide a larger variation of signage. If you are interested in joining the movement and begin sharing with your neighbors you can join the mailing list to receive status updates and opportunities to participate when the venture reaches your neighborhood. In a world of consumption and consumer based products, “There is no joy in possession without sharing” (Erasmo da Rotterdam)…it’s about time WE share.
conservative conservationist, environmental innovator, lost in translation, @babson educated, trying to @addmoregreen. a connecticut native who followed his intuition to his current home in australia. here to share my insight on sustainability and green living in an effort to re-educate mankind. avid runner, healthy vegetarian, green-thumbed gardener, meandering life’s path.
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