Sharing movement – Do more, own less.

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Sharing: a concept that is so heavily reinforced during childhood, and practically forgotten during adulthood. We replace this compassionate mentality so quickly with ego based consumerism, but perhaps our parents were onto something…

Sharing platforms are a growing trend towards owning less yet having the ability to do more. This movement allows you to access the same services at a lower cost, with less environmental impact (material, transport etc) and encourages a much needed shift from disposable products back to high quality.

There are so many amazing sharing platforms available, such as:

New sharing platforms are emerging all the time, such as clothing sharing, construction tool sharing, etc. Some are local initiatives, others are digitally based. I love this concept, not only for the benefits mentioned above, but also for the connection it allows within a community – for the network it builds.

Why not give it a shot? Post your sharing experiences and/or other sharing platforms you enjoy below!

 

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10 thoughts on “Sharing movement – Do more, own less.

  1. Sharing! I love it. More parents should teach their kids how to share and the world would be a much better place.

    I just wanted to add another way to “share”. We started a seed library 3 years ago. Several gardeners got together and gathered a variety of seeds. Then, when someone needs some for their garden they would take some then replace them when they harvested. It grew so quickly we started an outreach with local food banks to teach people to start their own gardens. All just by sharing the seed library.

    Last year we brought in roughly 500lbs of fresh produce for food banks just in excess from people that use the seed library. We also started an equipment sharing program for tillers, chippers, etc. that is financed by selling extra produce from the community gardens as a way to make it easier for beginners.

    Sharing — it really does make a difference!

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  2. Laura: You make a wonderful point at the beginning of your post about how the sharing we learn in childhood falls away in favor of ego-based consumerism in adulthood.

    Let’s think about this for a moment. Most of what our parents teach us in childhood is in the vein of socialization skills, with the goal of moving us away from the pure ego that we are as babies into a world in which we are expect to suppress the ego in order to survive and thrive in an environment in which we are but one among many. We are toilet trained that we are not relegated to wearing diapers all our lives. We are taught how to read or cook or drive a car to provide us with skills that will foster our success as adults.

    Not so with sharing. We are taught to share solely as an accommodation to our parents and teachers. Parents can’t afford to buy three of the same toy so that each of their kids can have one, so the children are required to share. Parental nerves are frayed by kids who are shrieking and crying, and they don’t like hospital bills and visits by the Dept. of Social Services, so they teach their children to share. But it is for their benefit, not for the benefit of the kids. For unlike using the toilet, reading or driving, sharing is not a valuable life skill in the “me generation” (which would be every generation). The bumper sticker reads “whoever dies with the most toys wins,” not “whoever shares the most toys wins.” As sharing does not benefit us as adults in an acquisitive society, we drop that modality at the earliest opportunity.

    While the sharing opportunities you mention certainly have their place, they are still ego-based in that they are predicated on sharing for the purpose of obtaining something we do not have. However, when we avail ourselves of these opportunities with the intent of making the largesse with which we have been blessed available to others, expecting nothing in return, that’s when we pack a real punch and demonstrate just how subversive we can turn the values instilled in us by our parents. Pay it forward.

    Peace.

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