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While the site is intended to build relationships among neighbors, the concept of letting a stranger borrow one's possessions raises the persistent question of trust.
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"People are identifying needs we never thought of," said Christopher Hart, a CGE member and project organizer. Some users have taken to the site to find rides to churches or temples. Others have sought cooperative Louboutin Shoes 2018
While the site has been used for things like ladders and tools, organizers said they were surprised with some of the ideas users have generated for shareable items.
"Where do the lines of liability fall?" Hart questioned. "There's no precedent yet."
Called "10,000 Neighbors of Evanston," the project is an offshoot of a Website called OhSoWe, which encourages neighbors to share items and services with each other and in the process build community connections and sustainable living.
The free site has more than 1,800 members who have posted various items and services available for sharing from swimming flippers and a self propelled snow blower to Italian cooking lessons and graphic artist design work.
Fleckman said the goal is to sign up 10,000 Evanston residents, and in the process demonstrate how collaborative consumption can benefit the environment, save people money and build community relationships.
Website promotes sharing among neighbors
Project organizers originally envisioned the site being used as a way for neighbors to access practical items such as ladders and tools.
idea of sharing resonates, particularly with the faith community."
"The idea is to use the internet in reverse to get people more in touch rather than less," Alexander Mcqueen Trainers Uk Fleckman said.
"This does not restrict the idea of money changing hands," he said, adding that companies like Netflix and car sharing companies like I GO have already explored collaborative consumption.
The concept of sharing is one familiar to most children, who are usually taught to "share their toys" with siblings or peers. A new project in Evanston is hoping to recapture that lesson among adults.
snow shoveling for their particular block.
"If you did a project at your house and you needed a cordless power drill, you'd probably buy one," Fleckman said. "If you used (the drill) one hour a year, it would probably be a lot."
the business community might not like the idea of people borrowing goods instead of purchasing them, Hart said he believes society is shifting away from consumerism and toward sharing.
"I've thought about trust a lot," Hart said. "This is the great debate in the collaborative consumption movement. If you really want to build a trusting community, that trustworthiness comes from the community."
"I'm surprised at the idea of rediscovering sharing," Hart said. "Part of that is generational. People in their 40s, they have a high consumerism mentality. But middle school children still share. The Christian Louboutin Orlato
Site organizers said they've considered instituting a rating system among users, but Hart said such a system has not been necessary thus far. Another potential question for the site's future deals with liability. If someone is injured using a borrowed snow blower, who is at fault?
"We want to explore the idea of collaborative consumption," said CGE board president Ron Fleckman. "Let's go back in time to when people shared things."
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