The benefits of trading with your neighbours is massive. From getting to know (and trust) the people around you to getting a reliable service or product, collaborative consumption has every angle covered in the ‘bettering stakes’ over consumerism. I could ramble on here but the people behind this growing trend have created an all-kinds-of-fantastic video to disseminate this info: ...
Furthering the previous post, One of the leading speakers around collaborative comsumption, Rachel Botsman talks at TED about the impact that this cultural change can have on the environment and community.
Why do we all own Lawn Mowers...?
Image rights: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/ Fantastic piece talking about bringing back the essence of community and using the internet for a good rather than just a way to look at where people have been on holiday. Published on the BBC World Service, 4:32PM, 9 May 2011
Alys Fowler talks seeds in her no nonsense way. This video is one of a whole series which are invaluable. Courtesy of the Guardian.
Community Gardening: an urban success story
Cohesive urban collaboration, team-worked gardening, community gardening; in whatever guise it takes it has significant benefits for all those that take part and actually becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Working and building a community garden becomes a success story as soon as people from diverse backgrounds come together to obtain and develop a piece of land beyond derelict,...