Sharing seems like a pretty natural thing to do. We've been doing it since we were just a couple years old. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing anyone needs to teach us how to do. It doesn't seem like we'd need a manual. However, after reading The Sharing Solution, by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow, we realize we might have been wrong. If you want to learn how to really share, it might be the manual for you.
The Sharing Solution is a book for people who want to incorporate sharing into their day-to-day lives, as a means to save money, build community, and help the environment. And we're not talking about the occasional sharing of a cup of sugar with the neighbor ... we're talking about sharing cars, housing, childcare, tools, skills, and services — big things.
The book offers practical ideas on how to start a sharing group in your neighborhood or at work, on how to deal with legal issues that might arise when sharing, and on the types of things one could share (big and small). It also offers inspirational ideas that can help you start sharing more (and reaping more of the benefits).
We love the idea of starting a neighborhood work group that pools resources and skills to do home repair projects at members' homes. Or the idea of starting a lunch group at work (make lunch for 5 people one day a week, and sit back and enjoy lunches made by the others for the rest of the week).
The book is full of great ideas. We highly recommend that you check it out.
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