Riding to Shareable World Domination Headquarters this morning, I twice spotted signs of a more shareable world.

As I locked up my bike on on Valencia Street (in San Francisco’s Mission district), I saw a fellow, whose name turned out to be Morgan, bringing boxes of fresh vegetables into the independent Modern Times bookstore.

Veggies in a bookstore? The answer was obvious: Modern Times is a pick-up point for community-supported agriculture, or CSA—in this case, for Eatwell Farms in Dixon, California. I love the idea of community bookstores and community-supported agriculture coming together.

Then, I went next door for coffee and breakfast at the new Borderlands Café. There I saw this sign on the tables:

A cynic might say Borderlands is simply trying to squeeze as many paying customers in as possible, and the cynic would likely be right. But I like the sentiment here—“Won’t you be my neighbor?”—and I’m always on the lookout for places where self-interest intersects with, and reinforces, the growth of a more shareable world.

Incidentally, both Borderlands Cafe and Modern Times are across the street from Amnesia, a media-free bar profiled today in by Jen Burke Anderson.

Jeremy Adam Smith


Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton

Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.