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Sharing, Good for All

Toward a Sharing Economy” in the Green America magazine highlights some of my favorite sharing methods and groups.
Check out these:
Car-sharing: Zipcar, Chicago’s I-Go
Bike sharing: I love this, and I see it all over the SF Bay Area  (the bicycle coalition). There are also amazing groups of volunteers that collect and refurbish old unwanted bikes and give them away.
Crowdfunding: IndieGogo and Kickstarter, with many other local groups. Another essential part of this is loan funding for seed capital from small groups. (It’s a great experience – see Luke’s Toy Factory.)
Free Software Movement: The GNU General Public License, the free LINUX operating system and great efforts by small groups to teach and share knowledge.
Creative Commons: photo sharing, art sharing even necktie sharing. You can have it all, give it away, get some more, enjoy a community of sharing.
Homes, vacations, rentals: This is a fun and lively option, AirBnB and also HomeAway makes it easy. More formal than couch surfing but still a good adventure

Celebrate Independence by Decreasing Your Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Thanks to  Swapdom.com  for sharing! 
Oh beautiful for polluted skies, for amber waves of acid rain. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? No, you say? Well, this is where America is headed if we don’t do something about our dependence on fossil fuels, which negatively affect people’s health, wildlife’s well-being, and, of course, climate stability. Here are a few simple, green ideas for filing down your use of fossil fuels so that this summer you can set forth on a path to keeping our country in good shape!
Carpool Cool
Whether you’re heading to work or roadtripping to some faraway place, consider the carpool as a great way to reduce fossil fuel use, time trapped in traffic, and the boredom of being alone. Chat with coworkers to find a convenient carpool arrangement to get to work, or network with other parents to get the kids rides to school. If you’re feeling extra awesome, start something akin to the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool, a free ride share service where you just show up at an appointed place to create an impromptu carpool to and from work.
Heading farther? Turn to a site like Ridejoy. This easy-to-use site is a great way to find a ride or passengers for long-distance trips. To help you feel at ease with the idea of ridesharing with strangers, the site connects to users Facebook profiles and uses a reference system.
Bump Up the Bicycling
Another Captain Obvious recommendation: Start biking instead of driving! The health and environmental benefits of this are pretty self-explanatory, so ‘nuff said.  Look at this article, Bike Sharing comes to 5 Bay Area Cities.
Switch to Solar
84% of total energy in the US comes from fossil fuels, so investing in solar can pay off big time for the Earth and for you personally! Home solar panels often harvest more energy than a household uses, and the excess can be sold to power companies. How cool is that?
Lights Out Early and Often
We’re all guilty of it, but leaving lights on when you sidle out of a room or depart for the day adds up to a big drain on energy resources and 32% of America’s CO2 emissions. Leave Post-it reminders in logical places around the house to help yourself get in the habit of only using lights when needed. Also, consider switching to CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs), which use significantly less energy than regular old bulbs.
This is our favorite (obvi!). A huge part of fossil fuel consumption is devoted to manufacturing, which results in 14% of the United States’ CO2 emissions. If we reuse things or swap for new-to-you items others no longer need, we’ll start making an impact on polluting production—and get some pretty great gear in the process.
How do you do your part to part ways with fossil fuel use?

Swapdom Heads Home With New Marketplace

Online Swapping Community is Now Open to Home Goods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.—May 2014— First, it was fashion. Then, baby and kids’ gear. Now, Swapdom, a one-of-a-kind online exchange system, is opening its marketplace to home goods. Beginning May 12, users can swap items from every room in the house in exchange for other home goods, fashion finds, or baby and kids’ gear. It’s a win-win-win for swappers and a big step forward for the sharing economy.

Just in time for summer, getting new clothes on your fast growing baby, something for you, your home — it’s not new, just new to you. How simple and wonderful is this idea? Great news for getting what you need at a low cost.  — the editor

recycleEngineered to make swapping easy and efficient, users simply request items they love, tell Swapdom what they would like to offer in exchange, and then let the site organize a multi-person swap for them.

“Swapdom is an efficient tool that finds multi-party swaps. Our algorithm is a vital component for peer to peer exchange,” said Petros Georgopoulos, co-founder and CEO of Swapdom. “Adding the home goods marketplace is a natural progression of how our site continues to grow. In five years’ time, when people think of peer-to-peer exchange, we want them to think of Swapdom.”

In addition to the new home goods marketplace, Swapdom is launching a myriad of key initiatives to improve user experience. They just launched a badging system to reward their most engaged community members, and will soon be adding USPS as a new shipping option, in addition to UPS. They will also be launching an iOS app soon, which will make it easier to browse and request swappable items on the go.


Founded in August 2013 and based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and San Francisco, California, Swapdom is an innovative online exchange system for the sharing economy driven by the power of the crowd. Designed to make swapping unbelievably easy and efficient, Swapdom is a new way to find one-of-a-kind previously owned items. Users simply request items they love, tell Swapdom what they’d offer in exchange, and then sit back and let Swapdom organize a multi-person swap for them. www.swapdom.com


Nextdoor helps you Share with your Neighbors

Wouldn’t it be nice to …..  Share with your Neighbors ??

Nextdoor  helps us find ways that neighbors can come together to conserve resources. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to sell and give away items, share goods like yard equipment, and work together to save and make money. 

  • Reduce and reuse: 64% of Americans would be more likely to buy/sell an item if the buyer/seller lived close to their home.
  • Top 10 things people are willing to share with neighbors: food (78%), tools (71%), yard equipment (64%), a bike (36%), clothing (26%), shelter (26%), electronics (24%), kid toys (24%), childcare/babysitters (24%), a vehicle (15%).
  • Garage sales: 52% of Americans would be more likely to host a garage sale in spring if they had an easy way to get the word out to their neighbors.
  • Ride-share: 51% of Americans would engage in carpools with neighbors if they had an easy way to coordinate.
  • Save money: 50% of Americans would work together with their neighbors to save money (e.g., group discounts on home services, split child care costs, shared meals) if they had a way to coordinate it.
About Nextdoor: Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods. On Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another, and exchange local advice and recommendations.
Over 30,000 neighborhoods across the country (1 in 5) are using Nextdoor to

– Organize neighborhood events, such as garage sales and block parties
– Sell or give away items, such as gently used furniture or home appliances 
– Find trustworthy local resources, such home improvement professionals or vendors
– Get assistance in finding lost pets and missing packages
– Report suspicious activity and local crime

Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.  Nextdoor believes that when neighbors start talking, good things happen.

Relevant Trends

– Sharing with neighbors as a way to live a more eco friendly lifestyle
– Furniture, home items are the most sold item on Nextdoor
– Nextdoor helps facilitate lost summer traditions (playing outside, neighborhood parties, etc.)
– For more information please visit our newsroom HERE.

Sharing and Collaboration in Traditional Business

dragonfruit We aren’t all so different, but we often separate and enhance our uniqueness so that we might have an edge in business. Times are changing.

Business disruption to corporations is happening through SHARING.  Imagine if we could expertly and efficiently use resources that were dormant in other companies. You wouldn’t buy products but share. You wouldn’t buy CARS but share, it is a subscription model for durable goods. It’s been done by innovators like NetFlix for years.

We can do this for hotels, taxis, cars, tools, and more.

Is this a deal breaker, a crisis OR an amazing new opportunity?

It’s happening at BMW, Nike, Rentalic, Hyatt and so many other places. We are moving from Now to CO-World. A community in a shared experience, collaborative economy, life in a cloud.

Find out about this trend, as highlighted by Jeremiah Owyang at LE WEB. 

Village Harvest — Starting Soon!

Using elbow grease to help others, it is the best idea. Thanks to Rob Malech for sharing this information!

Apricots! They helped make our “Valley of Heart’s Delight” famous, they’re ripening fast, and they won’t last long. And we have generous small orchard owners offering their extra fruit to benefit the community.
Starting this Wednesday June 20, we have orchard harvests for almost everyone: weekends, weekdays, sunset picks … individuals, families, groups. Join in one or more of these special harvests, you’ll have a great time.
And don’t forget, our home harvest teams in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose are starting to pick plums and apricots, too.
Just in case you are wondering, they don’t stop at Apricots. We live in such a rich area — look at the statistics on the cherry harvest!

We had a tremendous cherry orchard harvest last weekend at the Guadalupe Historic Orchard in San Jose. SO many cherries this year – 39 volunteers plus more Master Gardeners picked 660 lbs passed on to food agencies in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and Menlo Park.

Craig Diserens
Village Harvest
PO Box 9231
San Jose, CA 95157

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So next time your friends come to town with two kids, you can say no problem!,we have a crib, swimming toys and a bouncing chair for you, all from Rentalic.   Who wants to rent my bin of Legos? or my electric piano? List it on Rentalic.

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