- 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 food, culture, 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.