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10/13: Creating a Sustainable Marketplace

Please join us for this event, which is organized by The SEEN

What does a sustainable marketplace look like to you?

Come join us on Thursday, October 13th for a panel presentation on four innovative systems in Ithaca that facilitate local exchange:

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-8:30pm
The Space @ GreenStar
700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY
RSVP on Swidjit

For the entry fee, we are accepting Ithaca Hours at twice their standard equivalence (typically $10 = 1 Hour), so bring your Hours!
The entry fee (to cover food & space) is:
$5 or a quarter Hour for SEEN members
$10 or a half Hour for non-members

Paul Strebel presents Ithaca Hours
Leslie Strebel presents Time Banking
Shira Golding presents Share Tompkins
Alex Colket presents Swidjit

Come learn about how new technologies are reviving traditional localized economies. Learn how you can leverage these systems for personal growth or to bolster your business.

The panel will be followed by a Community Market that draws from all four innovations and welcomes your own creative input. Let’s co-create a marketplace that builds community, enriches our lives, and strengthens the local economy.

Bring the following:
Your questions on the above topics
Your ideas about sustainable markets
Your items to trade
Your list of haves and wants
Your Ithaca Hours
Your friends

We look forward to seeing you there!

SEEN members are also invited to table at the event and sell goods and services for which they accept Ithaca Hours. If you are a SEEN member interested in tabling, reserve your spot by emailing

About The SEEN
The Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network (The SEEN) is a growing community of businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to achieve ecological, social, and financial success. Members of The SEEN bring a Triple Bottom Line perspective to the Finger Lakes regional marketplace. Their commitment to sustainable practices helps them lower risk, increase customer loyalty, and generate sustainable profitability for their businesses. They contribute to the broader community by building a strong and resilient local economy and helping to safeguard our shared future.


Press: Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly Article about Economics of Happiness Screening

On April 27th, we were invited to speak about Share Tompkins as part of the panel discussion following the community screening of the film The Economics of Happiness.

The event was featured in an article by Eric Banford in the May 2-8 issue of Tompkins Weekly. You can read the full article on the Sustainable Tompkins site and here are some key excerpts:

Share Tompkins has been hosting monthly swaps and “Really, Really Free Markets” and co-founder Shira Golding said they
have received email from all over the U.S. and as far away as the UK,
asking how to start similar ventures…

Shira Golding and McKenzie Jones-Rounds of Share Tompkins talked about real life swap examples fostered through swap meets. Jones-Round swapped for a cello that wasn’t being used for a year of
guitar lessons. She shared that, “It’s not just about the stuff we keep out of the waste stream or save money on, it’s also about instilling in the kids in the community the value of who they are and what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s good to be someplace where people aren’t just willing to share their things, but they share themselves too. We are building a resilient, self-reliant, non-monetary based economy through this.”

April 27: Economics of Happiness Screening and Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 27, 7-9:30pm
120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY
RSVP on Facebook

Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a community conversation on sustainable economy at Cinemapolis. We’ll be screening the Ithaca premiere of The Economics of Happiness – a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page, and a project of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Former Ithacan and LACS graduate, Kristen Elizabeth Steele of the ISEC will be here to introduce the film.

Relocalization of our economy is essential if we are to buffer ourselves from speculative bubbles and escalating food and energy prices. How can we transform our personal household economies to build in long-term resiliency and well being? How can we work together to design a local economy that works for everyone and takes advantage of the power of entrepreneurship, sharing, self-provisioning, and local investment? What principles should guide us?

After the first screening, a panel of local community leaders from Sustainable Tompkins, Southside Community Center, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and Tompkins Workforce NY will outline our progress in creating a more sustainable local economy and suggest opportunities to pursue in the next few years.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their ideas and to share news on other local initiatives. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance by contacting A second screening at 9:30 will be at standard prices.

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Tompkins, Green Resource Hub, Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Social Ventures, Southside Community Center, Tompkins Workforce NY, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, Interfaith Action for Healing Earth and Ithaca Hours.

Oct 24: Service Swap – Share and Barter Your Time and Skills!

Sunday, October 24, 7-8:30pm
Tompkins County Workers’ Center
115 The Commons (above Autumn Leaves), Ithaca, NY

Gardening for graphic design? Music lessons for massage? Ever wish you could trade time with others to meet your needs without cash?

The Share Tompkins Service Swap is presented in partnership with the Finger Lakes Bioneers “We Make Our Future” Conference. It’s a chance to barter with others for services like photography, accounting, health care, and anything else that attendees have to offer.

Emphasis will be placed on making personal connections and exploring ways we can help meet each others’ needs locally.

Feel free to bring business cards and a snack or drink to share!

RSVP on Facebook

Finger Lakes Bioneers “We Make Our Future” Conference website

TC Workers’ Center website

Video: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

“Technology is enabling trust between strangers.”

An Interesting Example of Sharing/Bartering from Craigslist TV

Trading, Renting, Borrowing and Taking on The Today Show

Has anyone tried out

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Pay-what-you-will Taxi

I just saw this piece in The Infrastructurist: Vermont Taxi Company Says: ‘Pay What You Want!’, about a guy who is offering rides to people for whatever they want to pay. It appears to be going very well:

How does it work? “When we get to the destination, people say, ‘What do I owe you?’” says Hagen. “And I’ll say, ‘Pay what you want!’ But it’s a concept people have difficulty wrapping their heads around. So I just say, ‘Be fair.’ Most people figure out that they can save a few bucks and still be fair. I’m being generous by taking a fixed price out of the equation, so people are usually generous in return.” … He sees doing away with prices as a revolutionary form of consumer empowerment: Trust people to be honest and allow them to work within their own means can become the basis of a viable business, he believes–and he seems to be hoping that Recession Ride will spark imitators in wide range of industries. “We’re in a tough world now,” he says with a shrug. “Things have changed. They aren’t ever going back to way they were.” He thinks smaller and more adaptable business models are the way things are headed. In spite of the tough times, nobody has yet chosen to pay nothing at all. “One girl gave me a CD – she didn’t have any money,” he says. “That’s fine. Another woman gave me a food card for Hanniford supermarket with $10 on it. Again, fine.”

What strikes me about this arrangement is that it’s human-scale – it results in interactions that are not industry-defined, but which are authentic and real. The driver and passenger have to relate to each other as human beings. There’s more room for confusion and it’s not as efficient or cost-effective (perhaps) as some other business models, but it’s real, and it’s meeting people’s needs. Read the rest of the post at Infrastructurist.

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