Asheville ShareFest May 31st!

What Would Make it Easier to Share?

REAL Cooperative and SHARE Asheville present the first Annual Asheville ShareFest on May 31st in the parking lot of the French Broad Food Co-op and inside Co-Luminate downtown on Biltmore Ave.  Asheville will join cities all over the world to host a ShareFest on Saturday May 31st as part of #SharingSpring and Global Sharing Day to celebrate local Sharing Initiatives, Collaborative Consumption Resources, and the Preservation of the Commons. Share a Skill, Get Up and Perform, Swap some of your unused Stuff, Exchange some Seeds or Speak your Peace. This is a participant driven event and won’t be the same if you don’t show up and participate.

Activities will Include (but hopefully won’t be limited to):
Really Really Free Market (Stuff Swap), Skill Share, Bike Repair (At Recyclery), Seed Exchange, Entertainment (Open Mic, ‘Show and Tell No Talent Show’), Soap Box (Speak your Peace), Booths, Collaborative Art Projects, Kids Activities… What will you Share?
Find out more information: ShareAsheville.org  or Facebook.com/ShareAsheville

This co-created event will showcase local organizations, projects and knowledge. Asheville ShareFest will highlight examples of the sharing economy which has become a (new) social safety net and multi billion dollar industry in the new economic framework. The event will be one of over 40 ShareFests taking place in cities around the world in the months of April, May and June as part of the international campaign coordinated by Shareable, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and The People Who Share.  Please let us know if you would like to co-create this event with us and offer a Skill, Performance, Activity by filling out this FORM.

SHARE Asheville will be hosting coordination meetings (link to FB Event and details) on Wednesday evening’s from 7-9pm 5/14, 5/21 and 5/28 if you would like to help make this event happen (nudge, nudge).

Contact Tom with any questions: tom@realcooperative.org

 

Mapping the Sharing Economy in Asheville

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Asheville and Buncombe County have a lot to offer its citizenry. On the surface it is easy to see the countless restaurants, boutiques, bike shops and breweries, but much like in most cities there is more to this mountain town of ours. Many of these surface offerings aren’t designed to serve those who actually live here and large portion of our community can’t afford or lacks access to participate. At the same time there is an often invisible and unconnected network of initiatives, resources and services supporting our citizens and building community.

Last year Asheville based organization REAL Cooperative, in partnership with Shareable and about 25 community members, decided to map out this unconnected network with a purpose of supporting existing projects, connecting those who would benefit from them and identifying needs and niches yet to be filled. The first community meeting which launched this project in Asheville was covered by Lea Mclellan from Mountain Xpress (How well does Asheville share?)

After 4 months of accepting community feedback and expanding the scope of the project we would like to welcome you to the SHARE Asheville Community Directory and MAP. This list has been and will continue to be “crowd sourced” from the community and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. The directory (and Map) aims to showcase the Sharing Projects, Collaborative Consumption and Common Resources which Asheville has to offer. Scroll through the over 150 offerings in 7 sections: Food, Services, Reuse, Community Health, Community Wealth, Commons and Public Libraries.  We will soon be developing a list of “Off the Map” resources serving the community without a physical location.

Have a suggestion for something we should add? Or maybe you think there is something which should be removed?? We rely on feedback from the community to make this a useful resource! Please submit all suggestions through this FORM.

 

This Map is only a launching point for a larger initiative were calling SHARE Asheville to foster the further development of community serving policy and infrastructure to support the, for lack of a better word, sharing economy.

 

SHARE Asheville will be hosting our first large event later this Spring. Asheville ShareFest will take place on May 31st at the French Broad Food Co-op and will be a series of interactive co-created events which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 30th-June 1st showcasing local organizations, projects, resources and skills while highlighting examples of the sharing economy which nationally has become a (new) social safety net and multi billion dollar industry in the new economic framework. The event will be one of over 25 ShareFests taking place in cities around the world in the months of April, May and June as part of the international campaign coordinated by Shareable, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare and other organizations. Please let us know if you would like to co-create this event with us by filling out this FORM.

 

 

 

REAL Cooperative is Booking 2014 Events!

Real Cooperative is excited to announce that we are now available to book events for 2014! Contact Tom Llewellyn for more information.

This Spring the Hemp History Week College Roadshow will be heading back out on the road for the second annual national tour.  This installment will once again feature the Hemp Hut (Interactive Hemp Education Showcase) along with a Film Screening: “Bring it Home” and a Keynote Presentation by David Piller (2011 Hemp Activist of the Year).   We are currently seeking universities across the nation to host a tour stop and will also be available to present at community centers, theaters and other venues.

The Conscious Carnival Midway is also available for booking on the west coast this Spring and nationally throughout the rest of the year.  The Conscious Carnival Midway tour will feature:  6 Classic Carnival Games with an ‘Eco Twist’ (Toss Out Fossil Fuels, Up A Creek, Recycle Swish, Seeds For Life, EcoOpolis, GMO Freak Show) and performances from the Ballyhoo Carny Crew and the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew.  The Conscious Carnival was the main attraction of the Sustainable Living Roadshow and has been a part of countless events from coast to coast since 2005.

Members of the REAL Cooperative are also available to give presentations and lead workshops about the following subjects:

Hemp, GMOs, Story Based Activism, Outcome based Organizing, Playful Activism, Sharing/Cooperative Economy, GE Trees, Conscious Touring, How to Start a Tool Library and much, much more!

REAL Cooperative is also open to collaboration and contracting with other groups and organizations.  Do you need support from an experienced cooperative of educators, activists and organizers?  We can work with you directly or connect you to our national network of leaders.