The Seattle Share Fair: Celebrate the Sharing Revolution!

You may have recently heard the terms collaborative consumption, meshing, or the sharing economy.  Basically, this is just a fancy new vocabulary for the time honored practice of sharing with your friends and neighbors.

But now local services are springing up everywhere to promote the practice and provide inexpensive or even free access to almost all the various things you might need in your everyday life.  Through these services, it’s now more attractive and simple than ever to share with both your inner circles as well as neighbors you haven’t even met!

At Seattle Share Fair, you’ll learn how to use all these services to gain easier access to thousands of tools and household items, workshops, cars, media, and even land for gardening.  You’ll also learn how to personally start up similar services, just in case you’d like to have a Tool Library in your own neighborhood.  The Seattle Share Fair is the place to get started!

The Course of Events
6-7pm: Share Fair Tabling: Get Involved!
7-8:20pm: Feature Program
Facilitator: Gene Homicki, Local Tools
Speaker: Patrick Dunn, Share Starter
Community Panel:
Billy Thomspon, Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Ken Gollersrud, Seattle Public Libraries (Information/Stuff Sharing)

Max Hepp-Buchanan, Cascade Bicycle Club (Bike Sharing)

Micah Summers, West Seattle Tool Library (Tool/Stuff Sharing)
Peter Rothbart, We Patch (Land/Garden Sharing)
Willow Brugh, Space Federation (Space Sharing)
8:20-9pm: Socialize & Sign up!

Admission: FREE 


How to Share “The Gettin’ There”:
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street
[mappress mapid=”469″]If you can’t walk or bike, you might explore a few other options before you drive to the Share Fair by yourself:
Public Transit (Destination, Date, & Arrival Time Already Entered)
Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Avego (Ride Sharing)
If you’d prefer not to use any of these services but would still like to carpool, please comment to let us know and we’ll try to set something up the old fashioned way…by email.


Seattle Share Fair Reading & Resource List

It ain’t all reading and it is totally optional.  Just in case you’re the type that likes to do some prep work….

The Sharing Revolution

What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library.
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library
CD Audiobook available at The Seattle Public Library
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Sharing Economy, Fast Company

In A Down Economy, Sharing Takes Off, NBC Nightly News (video)

Steve Case, Founder of AOL, on The Sharing Economy , The Colbert Report (video)

Various Other Articles on The Sharing Economy 


Seattle Tool (and Stuff) Sharing

Share your Stuff, Yes! Magazine

Ten Ways to Save the World: Build a Local Tool Library, Popular Mechanics

Tool Library Grand Re-Opening At Youngstown, West Seattle Herald (video)

West Seattle Tool Library

Sustainable NE Tool Share

Phinney Tool Library

Seattle Farm Co-op

neigh*borrow Seattle


Seattle Bike Sharing

Seattle Bike Share Feasibility Study, Department of Urban Design & Planning, UW


Seattle Ride Sharing

Carpooling a Click Away with Online Ride Sharing, Seattle P-I

King County Metro Rideshare Operations

Avego’s 520 Ride Sharing Pilot


Seattle Land/Garden Sharing

Garden Sharing: Farming Meet Social NetworksGOOD Magazine

Seattle Urban Garden Share



Seattle Space Sharing & Co-Working

Shared Workspace Gaining Popularity, Seattle Times

The Space Federation

The Hub Seattle

Seattle Co-Working Spaces


How are you participating in The Sharing Economy?  Leave a comment and let us know!

2 replies
  1. Debbie Van Der Hyde
    Debbie Van Der Hyde says:

    Hi, I’m a Seattle-baed freelancer and I’m writing an article about sharing for a national publication. I’d like to hear how the Seattle Share Fair turned out. Can you let me know 1) how many years you’ve organized? 2) how many people attended the 2012 event 3) how to reach Patrick Dunn about Share Starter (or a 2-3 sentence recap of his presentation). Thank you in advance. Debbie Van Der Hyde


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