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Share Tompkins and Shira in the NY Times!

Posted on December 23, 2010 by shira

Sharing is on the rise and our efforts in Ithaca are part of the story. In the recent article “In a Tight Holiday Season, Some Turn to Barter,” Mireya Navarro reports on the growing movement of swappers. You can read the full article and here’s an excerpt:

Shira Golding, 30, a graphic designer in Ithaca, N.Y., said that as a child of the 1980s, “I never thought of bartering — our culture was very consumer-driven.” But over the last year and a half, she has helped organize 13 community swaps and 3 giveaway events in the Tompkins County area with the environment in mind.

The swaps, sponsored by a volunteer group called Share Tompkins, can draw up to 300 people who trade not only goods but also their skills and time — creating a window installation for a massage therapist, for example, or trading a cello for guitar lessons.

Collaborative consumption is based to some degree on trust, and groups like Share Tompkins say that face-to-face trading is the best way to avoid glitches.

Related posts:

  1. Press: Shira and Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly
  2. Fun with Powerpoint – Share Tompkins Presentation at Ignite Ithaca
  3. Shira is the subject of the first ever Sustainable Tompkins Podcast!
  4. I Won the Share or Die Storytelling Contest!
  5. April 27: Shira Speaking on a Panel at The Economics of Happiness Screening

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