ReForum 2015

Concurrent Session B: Creating a New Thread - The Sharing Economy

Sponsored by University of Saskatchewan

LawrenceThe Toronto Tool Library -- Lawrence Alvarez, Institute for a Resource-Based Economy

Over 40 tool libraries have been established in North America since 1979. Local tool libraries reduce the costs of improving and greening neighbourhoods, thereby transforming homes and community spaces into vibrant places that reflect  a commitment to sustainability and environmental concern.

At the Toronto Tool Library, anyone with a membership can  sign-out tools for both their home and community initiatives. From hanging a picture to renovating a community park, the Toronto Tool Library offers a rangeof equipment as a low-cost, resource sharing and space-saving alternative to purchasing and owning tools.

Lawrence Alvarez is the President of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library. Lawrence is an energetic speaker, delivering talks on 3D printing, education, and the sharing economy. Growing up in Zimbabwe, he has lived in Botswana, Canada, South Africa and Argentina. His passion lies in exploring human relationships and our shared experience, and finding the connections between us.

DaveThe Saskatoon Car Share Co-operative -- Dave Palibroda

CarSharing is just that – sharing cars. Saskatoon CarShare Co-op members share the cost and access of cars with members of their community. It’s ideal for those who walk, bike, or bus to school or work but need a car for occasional trips.

Dave Palibroda is the Chair of the Saskatoon CarShare Co-op. In his day job, Dave is a  Project Manager for Integrated Designs.


Wolf Willow Cohousing: A shared way of living -- Susan Gilmer

Cohousing is based on private ownership of complete, self-contained homes centered around and focused on shared facilities (common house), which typically includes a kitchen, dining area, lounge, guest/caregiver suites, workshop, meeting spaces and other features the members may choose. Although each home has its own complete kitchen, shared dinners are typically available a few days each week at the common house for those who wish to participate. Wolf Willow Cohousing is in Saskatoon.

SusanSusan Gilmer has been involved in the planning of the Wolf Willow cohousing for five years and  then subsequently living in it for 2 1/2 years. Susan and her husband became involved in this project because we were interested in a smaller environmental footprint and wanted to live in a community that supported each other and shared resources.

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