“We share more” is an idea that can help society to find its balance. How it works?
Suppose that you have a house dwelling and you have limited space for all of your stuff. Common problem isn’t it? What can you do? Buy a bigger house? Put stuff on craiglist and sell it? Make a yard sale? These are just a few of the common solutions that are available and can solve the problem. Some may consider to get a storage in an outside facility … or buy a small garden house to use for tools and other stuff.
All these solutions may or may not change the ownership of your stuff but in general they don’t change the overall equation of how much the stuff get more or less utilized.
Sharing is a social agreement that multiply the rate of utilization of selected goods or resources. Sharing is also a form of culture and promotes the welfare of society at different levels increasing the level and quality of the interactions. Sharing satisfy deeper needs of our human nature and promotes a more conscious and eco-friendly living. So said how to do it? Where to start?
We start from the need. Homeless people experience different hardships and one of them is the lack of safe places where they can store their belongings. Even if you are living in a shelter you may experience the shortage of space for your stuff. The level of insecurity that homeless people experience bring them to hoard more that they need and carry it around bringing an unhealthy and tiresome condition both at personal level and at collective level. Who have not seen those people pushing trolleys loaded with any kind of stuff which is partially related or sometimes totally unrelated with necessity?
A “Sharing More Station” is a place where anybody with credentials can access to what need most. It can be food as well as cloths or taking a shower or deposit some stuff or borrowing some tools for work. In its primitive form a Sharing More Station can be organized in a storage shed or even under a tent. Several storage sheds can be clustered together providing more space and more utilities. A family can host a Sharing More Station in its garden utilizing it for its personal use and at the same time providing a the important service for the community. The key is to qualify those entitled to share guaranteeing the safety of the belongings and safety of the users.
We Share More requires a card system where card can be also with a subscription that cover the costs of the service. Like for a library card a We Share More Card is a form of identification that guarantees the recognition of the identity of those who use the service. Of course not only homeless people can benefit from a We Share More Program. It can used for revitalizing the neighborhood and creating safe spaces for children where they can borrow toys and share them.
There are some toys that even the adult would cherish to try even for one time . One example for all: The Drones. Some special Share Even More Stations can offer the use of relatively expensive items under supervision and may require a further qualification for the users in the form of an upgraded card . This is similar to the Recreation Card in use in New York where there is distinction for the access to facilities providing or not providing a Swimming pool facility.
The entire projects can finance itself with the subscription for the cards but in the initial stage a seed money from the City may be very helpful for the startup of the operation. Sharing has to be economical although not profit oriented. The more we share and the more we can find balance in society nurturing those human relationships that are at the core of health and wellbeing. The Share More proposal is modular in its nature and can grow exponentially. It can be conceived as a pilot project with a limited capital and tuned to the community according the its needs and feedback.
We Share More can integrate well with other projects like the Safe Place Network or other service projects already functioning in the community.