For over two years, Shareable has explored the new sharing economy in its many forms: how individuals, families, communities, entrepreneurs, businesses, designers, coders, and countless more are building resilience through collaboration and sharing. In that time, we’ve amassed a considerable library of how-to share guides, and researched and documented how these shifts are transforming the economy, technology, and civil society.

[image_1_small_right]Still, those new to the sharing lifestyle may wonder where to start. As demonstrated in the free New Dream Community Action Kit Guide to Sharing, produced by The Center for a New American Dream in collaboration with Shareable, sharing isn’t something we need to relearn. It’s a childhood skill we’ve never lost, like riding a bike:

It’s one of the first things we learn as kids: How to share.

But this practice usually fades as we become adults. Our houses become filled with our own “stuff.” Garages, attics, basements, and closets transform into cluttered warehouses. When we need something, whether it’s a chainsaw or a roasting rack, our first thought is to go out and buy it. But why get it new when our neighbor down the street has one we can borrow?

The first guide in the New Dream Community Action Kit is all about sharing: everything from starting a tool library to organizing a solar cooperative, from holding a clothing swap to launching a time bank.

With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Sharing provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on these projects in your community – right away!

The guide, available as a free PDF download, offers four Action Ideas to help communities tap into their shared assets and resources. The Center for a New American Dream also released a set of videos to demonstrate each idea in action:

Organize a Community Swap
Focusing on clothing swaps

Lend Locally
Focusing on tool libraries

Share Time, Labor, and Skills
Focusing on time banks

Set up a Co-op
Focusing on solar co-ops

Download the New Dream Community Action Kit Guide to Sharing (pdf)

Paul M. Davis


Paul M. Davis

Paul M. Davis tells stories online and off, exploring the spaces where data, art, and civics intersect. I currently work with a number of organizations including Pivotal and

Things I share: Knowledge, technology, reusable resources, goodwill.