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Posted on: June 9, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Center for a New American Dream Workshop

The City of Eugene is excited to host a FREE, one-day workshop, Saturday, June 21, run by “sharing economy” experts from the Center for a New American Dream. Come and engage in discussions with community members from around the city aimed at increasing participation in a sharing economy.

The choices made about purchasing and maintaining “stuff” can have a big impact. Perhaps one can find what is needed at a second hand store or fix a broken item instead of throwing it away. Have an abundance of tomatoes from the garden? Maybe a neighbor is willing to lend their canning equipment in exchange for a jar of sauce.

There are dozens of ways to save money, energy and resources if one stops to consider the options. Here in Eugene there’s a growing interest in sharing and borrowing, and the City of Eugene is happy to host sharing experts from the Center for a New American Dream in a one-day workshop to lead participants through a new way of thinking, as well as how to begin a sharing program in the community’s neighborhoods.

Participants will begin the workshop with a book exchange during an “Exchange Café” and later spend the afternoon learning from local and regional groups which have successfully started sharing programs in their area. Presenters range from local sharing groups such as Eugene Toolbox to Swapnplay, a Portland area group with humble beginnings, that has grown to more than 1,200 participants.

So grab a book and a neighbor, and join in this unique opportunity to make thoughtful choices about how to manage “stuff.” Registration and more information about this event are available online, or by contacting Sustainability Liaison Babe O’Sullivan at Babe.OSullivan@ci.eugene.or.us.

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