December’s A2 Sharing Economy Dinner

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Since October, a team of local organizations (A2share1000 tools, and the Ann Arbor Free Skool) have been co-hosting monthly dinners with discussion focused on the shareable skills and resources of the Ann Arbor community (which some might know better as the Sharing Economy or Peer-to-Peer Network). Attendees consist of community organizers, university faculty, activists, residents, and students who are all interested in ‘sharing’ as a means of reducing impacts on the environment, building community, or as a basis for starting a business (e.g., neighborhood tool rentals). Some people come just to observe, network, and make friends.

The dinners have several purposes, which include:
  • Raising awareness of the shareable resources in Ann Arbor in a relaxed setting– our city has everything from tool shares to seed shares to bike shares to foodculture, information, and music sharing;
  • Fostering new relationships and strengthen existing ones — between individuals and between organizations (a.k.a., community building and networking);
  • Generating discussion — about what the “sharing economy” is, its strengths and weaknesses, the deep questions that surround it, and more.

The dinners were  established (1) as a way to continue the conversations that were started at the Sharing Summit this past August and to (2) bring together people in the community who have been working in this conceptual realm for a while but didn’t really have a physical place to gather at. Each dinner involves a welcome, introductions, dinner and discussion, and then meetings between many of the community organizers (e.g., the A2 DIY Fest & Reskilling Festival). I have been involved with this generation of sharing-themed events since July, working mostly on the sidelines (often literally) developing the A2Share web presence and taking pictures at our events.

Here are some photos from the most recent sharing dinner (held yesterday at the historic Hathaway’s Hideaway down at Ashley and Liberty). They’re kind of dark, grainy, and blurry but will still, hopefully, give you a sense of what the dinners are like. Enjoy.

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If you are interested in coming to the next event, please check out A2Share or 1000Tools on Facebook for more details.

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3 thoughts on “December’s A2 Sharing Economy Dinner

  1. Just now seeing this — thanks for the write-up Sara!

    Jim, as Sara mentioned, I’m from Iowa, and actually lived in Iowa City from 2003-2012. And yes, I agree, I think there’d be lots of interest there for something like this!

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