See the most recent Yes Magazine article for mentions of NeighborGoods along with couchsurfing and Craigslist: http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/craigslist-saved-five-million-tons-from-landfills-other-stats-local-economy
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NeighborGoods featured on the Future Economy site: http://www.futureecon.org/future-economy/whose-sharing-economy/
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Ditmas Park, a Brooklyn neighborhood, has featured NeighborGoods in a recent article. Here's the link:
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The City of Santa Monica is our new featured group. Check out the description of their group here: http://neighborgoods.net/groups. They are promoting reusing household goods to their residents to reduce the amount needed to be recycled or added to the wastestream.
One of the best ways to share goods with others is to join an existing sharing group or start a group with your neighbors, co-workers, club members, or any other community you belong to. On Neighborgoods.net you have the option of starting a public group (open to anyone) or a private group (members screened by the group manager). Click on "Groups" and you'll see the options to create a group and search for a group.
And let your city or town officials know about Neighborgoods.net, as
an option for residents to reuse more and recycle and waste less!
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Happy Holidays from NeighborGoods! Here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and hoping that the New Year brings more sharing than ever before!
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We're in the process of upgrading our maps. Sorry for any inconvenience this has been causing.
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Halloween is here and you have no idea what to wear or what to be dressed up as? The prices in all major stores are not helping either and since you just have one day to wear the outfit, here is a simple plan for all our neighbors.
You probably have a costume you got few years ago and, obviously, cannot re-use it this year. So why don’t you share it with your neighbor, while your neighbor shares his or her costume with you. That way we can shuffle around and reuse those store bought costumes at no cost and no headache.
Join me here and let the sharing season begin: http://neighborgoods.net/groups/halloween-costume-share
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NeighborGoods was featured along with the other sharing economy sites TaskRabbit, Spin Lister, Dog Vacay, Skillshare, and Spare Chair in a New York Post online article dated September 28, 2014. Here's the link:
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Looking at the pictures of the climate march that took place here in NYC this past Sunday, September 21st, I feel reinvigorated about the mission of NeighborGoods and my belief that at the end of the day, it is the actions of individuals and communities that will foster real change in this country and around the world.
The one area that is (mostly) under our control, is how we live day-to-day and the decisions we make as consumers. After all, it is often stated that consumer spending accounts for 70% of the U.S. economy, so how we choose to spend will ultimately influence what is so hard to influence through the ballot box, regulations, or pressure on corporations (through actions like divestment) and why more than 300,000 people took to the streets of NYC yesterday.
Every time we share goods, we are reducing the need for one more good to be produced and distributed for sale or rental and in effect sending a message to companies and governments that continue to promote the status quo that the ever increasing production and consumption of new consumer goods is essential for "economic growth." We are starting to change that paradigm!
So I feel positive, and you should too, every time you loan and borrow a good with a neighbor, friend, community group, or even a small business. Let's keep building what we've started here and spread the word that goods-sharing is good for the climate and good for our communities.
Alan P. Berger
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Margaret Mead once famously said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
I live by these words both as an individual and in many of the things I choose to get involved in both in my work life and home life. I believe that NeighborGoods.net can play a part in helping to bring about real change in the way we live--in case you didn't catch it, this piece from Sunday's New York Times sums it up nicely:
I took this job with the belief that if we, in neighborhoods and communities all over the country, banded together to share goods, that we could create local economies that would result in all the benefits sharing brings, but we'd also be helping to create local and resilient communities of people and organizations who could act on problems and issues that were important to them to effect change.
But it all starts with us first. I encourage all of you to use this service--loan and borrow goods, list as many items as you can on your inventories, and join and grow existing sharing groups, and create new ones, to unite the people and organizations around you towards a common purpose. And spread the word to other individuals and groups that would benefit.
Let me know how I can help you. I'm at your service.
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