A Neighborly Neighborhood

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There's a lot of talk about getting to know your neighbors—to work on projects and share goods, tools and expertise. It's a social investment for harder times or emergencies, to feel more secure, and/or to enjoy the convivality. Here's a neighborhood in south Corvallis, near … [Read more...]

Re-Becoming Villagers Wherever We Live (268)

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Whether city folk or country folk, North Americans don't tend to know our neighbors, much less do things together. Mark Lakeman (Portland) and Brandy Gallagher (rural Vancouver Island) talk about "repairing" our isolation. How can we we reclaim our village roots−living, … [Read more...]

Ventures and Videos in BC and WA

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It's been a whirlwind since mid-April! I'd hoped to post many blogs, but life moved too quickly. Here's a brief chronology of some wonderful adventures, people and places we visited and videoed in southwestern Canada and northwestern Washington. April 6-20. We settled … [Read more...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square

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People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

The Power of Potlucks (266)

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Dave Pollard and Tree Bressen riff on the power of potlucks to bring people into the sharing economy. Some people may be uncomfortable at first, but it's a dynamite way to have fun and begin to forge a community — plus, all kinds of connections can flow from them. A potluck … [Read more...]

Come to the SkillShare Faire! (265)

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Join the fun at the 2013 Whatcom SkillShare Faire! Make fire by friction. Thresh seeds with a 100-year-old pedal-powered machine. Learn to card, spin and weave. Make a rocket stove. In this extravaganza of sharing, residents teach and learn all kinds of useful, practical … [Read more...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 2 (254)

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"How do we cooperate and build a collaborative culture now?" asks Laurence Boomert, founder of The Bank of Real Solutions in New Zealand. Local currencies, barter cards, and Time Banks not only create alternatives when money systems collapse, they allow people to get … [Read more...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 1 (253)

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Most people are woefully unprepared for the depression that is now unfolding, says economic analyst Nicole M. Foss, senior editor of The Automatic Earth. In a depression, there's not enough money in circulation. "But by using alternative currencies, we can provide our own … [Read more...]

Monroe’s Sharing Garden — The Giving is Growing (252)

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"We're enjoying the abundance and the feeling of richness and generosity along with everybody else," say Sharing Gardens coordinators Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody. During this five-year experiment in the giving economy, the garden has tripled in size. Sharegivers … [Read more...]

Haultain Commons Garden Seeds Neighborliness

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In Victoria, B.C. we visited Margot Johnston (L) and Rainey Hopewell (R), our guests in Claiming the Commons - Food for All on Haultain Boulevard" (episode 185, 2010). The boulevard garden continues to flourish. They've added a sitting area bench made from tree rounds. … [Read more...]