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Hi, I’m Beth. I’m the author of a new book called Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption. If you’re thinking, “no duh, sharing is good–I don’t need a book to tell me that,” you’re right. Kind of.
The idea that sharing is good isn’t a groundbreaking one. In fact, it’s so simple, it’s one of the first social/life lessons we teach our kids. ‘Share your toys, share your cookie. It’s not nice when you don’t share.’ Kids get it (or so we hope). So what happens when we become adults? We stop sharing. We start to complain about “the economy” and talk about how “money doesn’t grow on trees.” We start to see possessions as a commentary on our status in life, and are secretly glad when we have things others don’t.
The Good Human recently took a left turn away from the typical “green tips and shopping guides” and I find that absolutely refreshing. One of the main reasons I wanted to write Sharing is Good was that I kept banging my head against the same “big green wall”.
I’m an environmental blogger (translation: not rich). Things I tell other people to buy (bamboo clothes/solar panels/electric cars, etc.) are often out of my own reach. Like The Good Human, I grew to hate the consumption and futility of it all. I began to see that the real power for change lies in people–our connections and support of each other.
The rapidly growing sharing economy is a way to capitalize on that people power. It replaces the quest for ownership with opportunities for access. After all, we really don’t need the CD, we just want to listen to the music. If your car sits in the driveway 23 hours a day, and your neighbor has to take the bus, why not find a way to share?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a green blogger, it’s that most people won’t ever get on board with sacrifice. Sure, we’ll bring our reusable bags and shell out for organic food, but stop enjoying things altogether? Not gonna happen.
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