Part 2 – Sharing stuff and working together

Here Claire continues from her post sharing some ideas and resources about how we can share stuff and work together…

Read part 1 here

More and more websites are being developed that are enabling people to share and work together. And the best are bringing people together in real life too. In Part 1, I looked at websites like LETS and Freecycle that help you share stuff and skills. In this post, I’m looking more at encouraging each other and working together on a common goal.

“I’ve got this great idea, but I need other people to help me make it happen”If We Ran the World aims to help people with good intentions and broad visions turn them into “tangible, do-able microactions that anyone and everyone can help you to do. All of us can achieve more than one of us, and everything starts with a microaction.” Its home page is an almost blank screen with the challenging phrase: If I ran the world, I would….

What would you do? Then what small steps could you take to make it happen? What help would you need? And how could you help others?

“I’ll do it, but only if you do it too”

PledgeBank allows users to set up pledges and then encourages other people to sign up to them. A pledge is a statement of the form ‘I will do something, if a certain number of people will help me do it’. The creator of the pledge then publicises their pledge and encourages people to sign up. We can’t be sure people will bother to carry out the pledge, but “We believe that if a person possesses a slight desire to do something, and then we help connect them to a bunch of people who also want to do the same thing, then that first person is much more likely to act.” The site provides guidance to help make your original pledge a success, and you can get a special version of PledgeBank for your organisation. Example of a successful pledge: “I will Put £100 into the fund for setting up the Healing Gardens Cooperative and to start the deposit for buying the Gardens Home house but only if 10 people connected with myself and the Retreat Centre or Gardens will do the same will do the same.”

“There are too many cars on the road!”

Liftshare helps people to travel more sustainably by sharing their journey. You can share a car on any journey you make, from the daily travel to work or the school run, to a one-off journey to a festival. You can even search for people to share a journey by taxi, bike or on foot.

“There’s a long waiting list for allotments, but I’m not doing anything with my garden”

Landshare connects growers to people with land to share. It describes itself as “for people who: want to grow their own fruit and veg but don’t have anywhere to do it; have a spare bit of land they’re prepared to share; can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself; support the idea of freeing up more land for growing; are already growing and want to join in the community.” There’s a good map of Land offered, Growers and Helpers. Organisations can have their own area on the site, or you can get together with other members to form groups.

This post was written by Clare Bryden – she blogs at clarebryden.blogspot.com
Read part 1 here
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  1. Clare Bryden says:

    Also, launched today… Peoplefund.it
    “On peoplefund.it you can find good ideas that might just change the world (for the better). Then you can help make them happen with your money (from just £1) in return for your choice of reward. It’s quick to back a project, and your money will only leave your account if the idea you support raises its target. If you really like an idea you can also support it with your time and skills – and by telling your friends! Projects on peoplefund.it might be the latest tech gadgets, ground-breaking energy initiatives, or nifty ideas to make good, affordable, local food fun – not worthy.”

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  2. Clare Bryden says:

    … and also from River Cottage, there’s energyshare, which “brings people together in person and online to turn the system on its head. It gives everyone the opportunity to source, use and (when you’re ready…) even generate your own 100% British renewable energy – and save money doing it.”

    So, there’s the energyshare tariff, which offers British renewable electricity, “made possible by British Gas”; the energyshare fund; and most importantly the energyshare online community, “which helps individuals and communities to connect online”.

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