The Share Or Die Storytelling Contest has been live for a week now and we’ve already received some passionate, inspiring and even beautiful stories. Here are the entries from week one:
Last year, Adam Greenfield got together with some neighbors and created a street festival to highlight what was great about their community. He tells the story in his video submission, "Sharing Our Streets".
Keith Binkly’s "Sharin'-dipity" tells a story of a complete life change. He packed it all up and took a bus trip to a new life where he now knows that “the pie grows the more we share.”
Jen Abrams’ sharing and Sharing relates how she discovered a new level of support from her community in a moment of crisis.
"Share for Life" tells how Rebecca Brian discovered a community when she began working at a coworking space and found she no longer had to do everything by herself.
Sharon Ede, in "How Virtual Sharing Changed My Real World Life", tells how sharing on social media led to a much bigger collaborative effort with the Post Growth Institute.
Lindsay Burstedt submitted "Sharing Offices, Homes and Cars, Oh My!" and how those forms of sharing have led her to feel happier and more positive about the world.
"Load OUT! sharing materials for creative re-use by artists", a video by Tamara Greenfield, tells how FABnyc found a new life for materials that local theaters were dumping in the garbage.
Will Watman offers a critique of this storytelling contest in "The Big Share". He writes about embracing our interdepedency to counter popular culture's concepts of individualism, atomism, and competition.
In "Necessary Needs", Heather Villa writes how she and her family’s diminished income led to closer relationships and more generosity.
- The title of Melina Mel P’s story, "Freecycle Network - Giving things is fun - and you also win a free space at home !!", sums it up: gifting excess stuff from her consumerist days lets her help herself and others.
As Neal Gorenflo writes, “the most important thing we can do as a community is to tell our story together.” Take a moment to read some of the entries received so far, and leave a comment and vote for stories that inspire or delight you.
Please enter the contest by telling your story of sharing. Help push the movement forward, while earning a chance to win up to $1000 for your favorite sharing service or nonprofit.
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