Calgary's Sharing Community
I'm not sure when our culture transitioned from a collective village to individual units but sadly the sharing community mentality has slowly died. We all own cars, washing machines, jolly jumpers, computers, and the list goes on. We live in giant houses with thousands of personal items and some we only use for a few minutes, here and there, every odd couple of years. Children seem to need so many items for the smallest amount of time before they have outgrown it. It's hard to keep up financially and finding the space to store all of these items. Having found a community of other families with similar aged children to share with, has helped us rediscover the amazingness of the sharing community. Not buying an item, and only using it for a small amount of time without storing it has me seeking out more opportunities to take part in the sharing community mentality here in Calgary! Here are a few great programs I have found in Calgary that have a minimal fee to use that help with our saving money, minimalist, and zero waste lifestyle!
1. Car2Go - A car sharing program in Calgary that has an easy to use app, affordable membership rate, driving rates, zero parking fees and now offer 4 seater cars!
2. Calgary Tool Library - Located in the community of Bridgeland, a tool library that allows you to rent tools to fix or build things in your home.
3. Calgary Public Library - An obvious but sometimes overlooked resource to borrow books, DVDs, & CD's
4. The Commons Calgary - Looking for a workspace for your own company but don't want to invest in buying your own space? Share a space!
6. University of Calgary Gear Rentals - Reasonable rates for outdoor equipment!
7. Bike Sharing - Coming soon - According to the City of Calgary website "Implementing a public bike share system in Calgary’s Centre City is Action #11 of the 50 action items in the Council-approved Cycling Strategy"
With minimal online research I was able to find a few sharing community minded programs. I think programs within our communities would be very easy to establish through social media groups - toy libraries, tool libraries, outdoor gear libraries, etc. What type of programs would you want to see in your community?