Sharability Splash

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An argument for making sharing a more prominent form of resource allocation.

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Sharability Splash

  1. 1. Perhaps you have been growing increasingly concerned as of late
  2. 2. about global environmental issues
  3. 3. like pollution
  4. 4. loss of biodiversity
  5. 5. climate change
  6. 6. or conflict over scarce natural resources
  7. 7. or more domestic matters
  8. 8. like rampant commercialism and high debt levels
  9. 9. or the perils of increased social isolation
  10. 10. All these complex problems
  11. 11. Are being fueled in large part by a common force
  12. 12. consumption - the process by which we accumulate more stuff
  13. 13. Sure, we can blame advertisers for tempting us
  14. 14. but knowing how many wonderful things there are to be had
  15. 15.   can we fault people for wanting to experience them all?
  16. 16. However, as any economist will tell you, we are at an impasse
  17. 17. these limitless desires
  18. 18. are confronted by a fundamental scarcity of resources
  19. 19. everyone cannot simultaneously enjoy what some already have
  20. 20. those resource-intensive luxuries that the rich take for granted
  21. 21. Humanity aspiring to this dream of unbridled material prosperity will beget nightmares because we cannot yet achieve it in a sustainable fashion. But surely you've heard enough about this dilemma ...
  22. 22. and have gotten on board the new green bandwagon
  23. 23. maybe not... perhaps these arguments aren't compelling
  24. 24. or now you just feel so fatalistic about the future
  25. 25. that you're verging on something like eco-nihilism
  26. 26. Take heart in this idea: you can have more fun with less stuff
  27. 27. simply by sharing what you already have with others
  28. 28. This may seem childish at first, but just think about it...
  29. 29. how many things in your room have you not touched in months?
  30. 30. and don't forget about all the other stuff in storage
  31. 31. now think about all your friends' rooms
  32. 32. To put it simply
  33. 33. <ul><li>Finding ways to facilitate sharing of our underutilized resources in ways that are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>safe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>convenient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fun </li></ul></ul><ul><li>could be an effective strategy for confronting some of the world's biggest problems. Here are some existing websites and organizations leading the way... </li></ul>
  34. 35. Plus, the information technologies needed to make sharing easier and more effective are just now becoming widely available
  35. 36. Sharability.org facilitates conversations and activities centered around current and future resource sharing initiatives... Please join in!

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