The Seattle Share Fair: Celebrate the Sharing Revolution!

The Seattle Share Fair
Tuesday, February 21st, 6-9pm
The West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street

You may have recently heard the terms collaborative consumption, meshing, or the sharing economy.  Basically, this is just a fancy new vocabulary for the time honored practice of sharing with your friends and neighbors.  But now local services are springing up everywhere to promote the practice and provide inexpensive or even free access to almost all the various things you might need in your everyday life.  Through these services, it’s now more attractive and simple than ever to share with both your inner circles as well as neighbors you haven’t even met!

At Seattle Share Fair, you’ll learn how to use all these services to gain easier access to thousands of tools and household items, workshops, cars, media, and even land for gardening.  You’ll also learn how to personally start up similar services, just in case you’d like to have a Tool Library in your own neighborhood.  The Seattle Share Fair is the place to get started!

The Course of Events
6-7pm: Share Fair Tabling: Get Involved!
7-8:20pm: Feature Program
Facilitator: Gene Homicki, Local Tools
Speaker: Patrick Dunn, Share Starter
Community Panel:
Billy Thomspon, Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Max Hepp-Buchanan, Cascade Bicycle Club (Bike Sharing)
Micah Summers, West Seattle Tool Library (Tool/Stuff Sharing)
Ken Gollersrud, Seattle Public Libraries (Information/Stuff Sharing)
Peter Rothbart, We Patch (Land/Garden Sharing)
Willow Brugh, Space Federation (Space Sharing)
8:20-9pm: Socialize & Sign up!

Admission: FREE 

How to Share “The Gettin’ There”:
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street
If you can’t walk or bike, you might explore a few other options before you drive to the Share Fair by yourself:
Public Transit (Destination, Date, & Arrival Time Already Entered)
Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Avego (Ride Sharing)
If you’d prefer not to use any of these services but would still like to carpool, please comment to let us know and we’ll try to set something up the old fashioned way…by email.

Seattle Share Fair Reading & Resource List
It ain’t all reading and it is totally optional.  Just in case you’re the type that likes to do some prep work….

The Sharing Revolution
What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library.
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library
CD Audiobook available at The Seattle Public Library

The Sharing Economy, Fast Company
In A Down Economy, Sharing Takes OffNBC Nightly News (video)
Steve Case, Founder of AOL, on The Sharing Economy , The Colbert Report (video)
Various Other Articles on The Sharing Economy 

Seattle Tool (and Stuff) Sharing
Share your StuffYes! Magazine
Ten Ways to Save the World: Build a Local Tool LibraryPopular Mechanics
Tool Library Grand Re-Opening At YoungstownWest Seattle Herald (video)
West Seattle Tool Library
Sustainable NE Tool Share
Phinney Tool Library
Seattle Farm Co-op
neigh*borrow Seattle

Seattle Bike Sharing
Seattle Bike Share Feasibility StudyDepartment of Urban Design & Planning, UW

Seattle Ride Sharing
Carpooling a Click Away with Online Ride SharingSeattle P-I
King County Metro Rideshare Operations
Avego’s 520 Ride Sharing Pilot

Seattle Land/Garden Sharing
Garden Sharing: Farming Meet Social NetworksGOOD Magazine
Seattle Urban Garden Share

Seattle Space Sharing & Co-Working
Shared Workspace Gaining Popularity, Seattle Times
The Space Federation
The Hub Seattle
Seattle Co-Working Spaces

How are you participating in The Sharing Economy?  

Leave a comment and let us know!

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