Blog: Neal Gorenflo
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Our friends at CoFed just launched a campaign to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run sustainable food storefronts and cafés on college campuses nationwide. We love people-powered innovations that do good on multiple fronts, and campus food coops are a great example. They increase access to healthy food, support a sustainable food system, provide job training, and are run-owned by workers.
Garage Sale Trail is taking the humble garage sale to a new level in Australia on April 10. A festive national day of grassroots garage commerce sounds great to me, but what about the other six continents? There's no reason not to follow along - an Australian passport isn't required to purge your junk. Garage sale away global citizens!
It may take a while, but this SXSW panel featuring vegan activists Laura Beck and Stephanie Bogdanich convinced me that vegan bloggers will eventually take over the world, one bake sale at a time (along with sharing bloggers). And maybe the sharing community can learn a few tricks from these two passionate (and very funny) vegan bloggers. Here's what I learned:
My friends Chris and Cherie of Technomadia hosted a session at SXSW entitled, "Technomadism: Becoming a Tech Nomad." They've been living a location independent lifestyle as long as I've known them, about three years. They are part of a growing community that take their work on the road whether as independent workers or employees. It sounds like a blast, but there are some challenges of going location free for long periods. Here's some tips they shared for making it work on the road:
I've kept all my cash in a savings account since the stock market crash. That's the modern day equivalent of putting it under the mattress. I'm getting well under 1%, but I haven't had the stomach to invest in this destructive economy either. Nor patronize the major banks that caused the collapse. I've been looking for something else.
Shareable holds a retreat four times a year. Retreats can get expensive. We sometimes have to fly in advisors, advisors need lodging, we have to rent retreat space, and a Shareable retreat would not be complete without an all hands meal. Our first retreat over a year ago cost Shareable around $1,500. That's a lot for us.
On top of this, past retreats haven't been especially "shareable". We've used mostly small, local businesses for the retreat related expenses. Still, this didn't feel particularly intimate or productive.
This had to change.
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. As a former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.