Resources

Here's a list of our favorite resources, including videos, books, tips, and commentary. If you have suggestions for items to add, please let us know!

How to Host an Alternative Gift Fair

Want to build community? Tired of the commercialization of the holidays? Learn how to organize an Alternative Gift Fair in your town!

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The Mesh Directory: Explore Clever Ways to Benefit from "Stuff" Without Having to Own It

A new online directory helps you find enterprising businesses and projects around the world that are fostering "a community and economy where access trumps ownership."

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Science-based Research for the "Greater Good"

The Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California at Berkeley, aims to uncover “the science of a meaningful life.”

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Join Your Neighbors for a Really, Really Big Lunch

Last year, The Big Lunch brought nearly 2 million people across the United Kingdom out of doors to have lunch in their communities—literally.

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Creating Community, One Market at a Time

St. George's Market in Belfast, Ireland, showcases how local markets can bridge historical divides and give back to communities.

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What’s the “Real” Climate Footprint of Your Community?

By measuring consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions, we can chart a path to more sustainable ways of living and doing.

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E-Waste: What to Do With That Old Gadget

Now that you've upgraded, why not make the responsible choice and donate or recycle your old equipment, rather than just dumping it in the trash?

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Does Your Town Need a Happiness Initiative?

What if you could accurately measure the happiness of your community based on parameters like physical health, material well-being, and time balance?

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Living Lighter

Living Lighter is a colorful pamphlet filled with helpful tips and resources for reducing your consumer footprint.

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How Many Slaves Are Working For You?

A new website and mobile app looks at your purchases and determines the amount of forced labor that's gone into everything you own.

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Fostering Connection and Resilience Through Common Security Clubs

Two Boston graduate students are building community and increasing their personal security through participation in a local Common Security Club.

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Collaborative Consumption: A Snapshot of Examples

An extensive list of more than 1,000 examples of "collaborative consumption" from all corners of the world.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/the-movement/snapshot-of-examples.php

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New Infographic Shows Our "Hyper Consumption"

One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.

On the Web: http://visualoop.tumblr.com/post/6979154074/consumerism-stats-exclusive-infographic

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Work Sharing: The Quick Route Back to Full Employment

In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.

On the Web: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/work-sharing-the-quick-route-back-to-full-employment

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Tags: Redefining the dream

Reinventing Finance: From Wall Street to Main Street

A new report calls for a banking system based on local financial institutions that are transparent, accountable, and rooted in community.

On the Web: http://neweconomyworkinggroup.org/report/how-liberate-america-wall-street-rule

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Tags: Collaborative communities, Local economy

How to Stage a Clothes Swap

At these friendly social gatherings, one person’s discard is another one’s treasure.

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Visualizing the Profit in Sharing

A new infographic looks inside our homes at all the assets that can be shared, rented, and swapped through Collaborative Consumption marketplaces.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/insider-blog/archives/infographic_the_collaborative_home.php

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Tags: Collaborative communities

The Sharing Economy: 'Plan B' For Moving America Forward

Bright Neighbor founder Randy White discusses the benefits of community-wide sharing as a "Plan B" for severe economic disruption.

On the Web: http://www.brightneighbor.com/

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?

This teen-friendly manifesto reveals what you're really buying when you spend your money on a burger or a cell phone, and points the way to better choices.

On the Web: http://mararockliff.com/getreal.html

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Worker-Owned Cooperatives Help Communities Create Wealth

Learn how the city of Cleveland is benefiting from innovative new models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability.

On the Web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_ZHUDhKjs

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Tags: Collaborative communities

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