Radical Resource Sharing

Announcing this years theme for the Twin Oaks Communities Conference!

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Radical (Resource) Sharing:

Sharing is daring!

…or, From control to access

Sharing is no secret.  It’s well known that sharing can make your life better, whether it’s from an economic, social, or environmental perspective.  But sharing is daring. It requires trust. It requires communication. It requires a whole set of skills and attitudes not taught to us in our hyper-individualized, capitalist economy.  In the mainstream economy sharing is inconvenient, discouraged, or even illegal. Community is about sharing. It’s about changing to notion of ownership from one of control to one of access. Its about the systems and the culture that make sharing possible and make it a force that can solve the biggest problems facing the world today.

For some interesting perspectives on sharing, check out shareable.net, kindista.org, and Resilience Circles. We’re also interested in reaching out into the Maker Movement and Makerspaces, so if you’re tapped in let us know who to contact. There’s also the rising concept of Collaborative Consumption.

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Intentional Communities have been on the cutting edge of sharing for decades, and continue to push ideas of what’s possible. What do IC’s have to offer this new interest in sharing, and how are they relevant to this possible sharing revolution happening in larger society? These are some of the ideas we’ll explore this year. Hope to see you there!