New Dream Community Action Kit



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?

Guide to Sharing

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 is produced in collaboration with Shareable and explores four Action Ideas to help communities share more:

  • Organize a Community Swap – with a focus on clothing swaps
  • Lend Locally – with a focus on tool libraries
  • Share Time, Labor, and Skills – with a focus on time banks
  • Set up a Co-op – with a focus on solar co-ops

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About the New Dream Community Action Kit

The Guide to Sharing is part of the New Dream Community Action Kit, a series of free online guides to help people organize collective action and civic engagement to build more sustainable, healthier, and happier communities. Topics for future guides include DIY & reskilling, greening your community, fighting commercialism, and growing local food systems.

> > > Like this guide? You'll also love our Guide to Going Local!

Tell Us What You Think!

Do you find the Guide to Sharing useful? Have you tried our project ideas in your community? What topics or ideas would you like to see in future guides? Please email us or share your stories, questions, tips, and other feedback by adding a comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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