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11/10: Fixers Collective Planning Meeting

Finger Lakes ReUse invites anyone who has things to repair, wants to help fix items, or wants to learn how to fix items to a planning meeting for our new fixers collective on November 10th at the ReUse Center at the Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca. The fixers collective is open to anyone who wants to prolong the lifespan of items such as home electronics, furniture, small appliances and more. The planning meeting will be 3pm to 4pm, followed by a fixer lab from 4pm to 5pm. Please fill out the fixers collective survey to let us know if you are interested in attending or in learning more.

We will meet in the Furniture Overflow Showroom (the storefront to the right of the ReUse Center) at Triphammer Marketplace.

Bring your ideas – this will be a collaborative and evolving effort and will be guided by those who are actively participating – so your thoughts and input at this first meeting will be very important, but there will be lots of opportunity to grow and improve the collective! We hope to start small but really grow this event into a vibrant community experience. One of our largest current challenges is that we have zero storage space, so projects will need to be portable – in and out each time we meet. We can offer a heated space, large work table, an assortment of tools, and internet access to research fixes, but we’ll have challenges with projects that may take more than a couple of hours to fix, etc. Feel free to bring along tools and an item that needs to be fixed. We’ll leave the last hour for repair attempts – although no guarantees that we’ll have the skillset, tools, or time to tackle your project. We’ll see! Let’s meet and talk from 3pm to 4pm, and have a fixer lab from 4pm to 5pm. Future meetings (time and frequency) will be discussed at the meeting, but will hopefully continue to evolve and expand – we’ll continue to publish updates to the full email list.

There was some interest in the initial survey responses in paying a fee to have items fixed – so one of the topics we will be considering is some sort of sliding-fee structure which will support this effort. We can give you an update on FLR job training programs and initiatives to support underserved individuals in Tompkins County.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!


Diane Cohen
Executive Director, Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc.


A Declaration of Interdependence

Via Hour World

Meet Swidjit!

We’re very excited about this new local web platform that makes it easier to share and barter online and which has the potential to bolster our local economy. Creator Alex Colket explains…

Hello Share Tompkins,

I’m writing you today to introduce you to Swidjit, a new Ithaca-based website designed to strengthen the local economy and provide greater access to the wealth of goods, skills, and other resources that surround us. Swidjit has a commercial aspect, but it also places a strong emphasis on bartering, sharing and otherwise making it easier to survive/thrive with less dependence on money. Of course, this is something Share Tompkins has already been doing here for the last couple of years, and you should all feel proud of your role in this critical and beautiful change that is currently unfolding in places like Ithaca. The momentum you have built is one of the main reasons that Ithaca is poised to take the idea of local economy to the next level and demonstrate how a modern US community can learn to flourish within its means. Thanks!

Read more…

Post Your Haves and Wants to Our New GoGoVerde Community

Have you been wanting a way to swap and share in between our in-person events? Now you can! Join our new community on GoGoVerde to create a profile and post offers and requests. The free site allows for numerous sharing options including swapping, borrowing, renting, and free giving.

As with any community effort, it’s all about critical mass. The more of us actively using the site, the more useful it will be. So we encourage you to join and start sharing today!

Video: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

“Technology is enabling trust between strangers.”

Photos: Newfield Swap/Tweetup

We had a great time at Phoebe and Matteo’s in Newfield with tons of people, food and, of course, stuff! Almost everything people brought went in the “free” pile, which suggests folks really do like no-strings-attached sharing. The event was also a tweetup, meaning locals who make posts to twitter, had a chance to meet up face-to-face to hang out.

Here are some photos from the first half of the event – stay tuned for more!

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July Community Swap Meet and Tweetup – our first event in Newfield!

Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Wyllyamz Home!
6 Brown Road, Newfield, NY

Drop in as you like for …

4-8pm Share Tompkins Swap Meet
6-8pm BBQ and Potluck
8pm… Country Bonfire

Bring stuff, services, or skills you’d like to swap, share, barter, sell, or give away. Think: yard sale meets opportunity to network.

Would you like to meet others from the Twitterverse? This is a laid-back gathering for local & regional Twitter enthusiasts to meet one another and hang out.

Whether you are an established musician or just like to bang on the drum from time to time, please come and bring your instruments and play (or sing) along! Let’s make music together! (This can be ongoing throughout the evening.)


1) Something to share: dish to pass, or something to grill, or a beverage (alcohol welcome), or a dessert. Veg-friendly event with dedicated meat-only & plant-only grills. If you like, coordinate foods in the comments section below.

We’ll also need picnic-ware: Please pack-in/pack-out your own plates, bowls, silverware, etc, or bring compostable: cups, forks, knives, spoons, plates (paper is okay).

2) Dress to be outdoors. Lawn chairs, blankets, balls, frisbees, hackysacks, games, guitars, drums, bug spray, towels, kids’ bathing suits, friends & family. There is a stream; kids (young and old!) can get wet!

Very kid & dog friendly.
Also, did someone mention s’mores?

If you are on twitter, please RSVP to the tweetup by going to and clicking the button in the right column so that we’ll know you are coming. If you need help with transportation, let us know, and we’ll help arrange carpools. We are located 6 miles from the southern edge of Ithaca. Campers are also welcome if you want to avoid a late-night drive home. Thank you. – Phoebe and Matteo 🙂

RSVP on Facebook

Ignite Ithaca Video

A few weeks ago, we were invited to do a 5-minute presentation about Share Tompkins at the first ever Ignite Ithaca. Check out the video below and watch some of the other awesome powerpoints on YouTube.

More Resources

Our Resources guide continues to expand – Tompkins County is full of amazing organizations and activists doing great work for the community! Here are two we just added this week:

  • IthacaNet – “Dedicated to increasing the awareness of, access to, and content on the Internet – by, for, and about the people of Tompkins County, New York.”
  • Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County – Visit their website for listings of food pantries, emergency services, a working families resource guide, and more. They also run hotlines: “Need Help Finding Help? Call 2-1-1 or 1-877-211-8667 toll free for Information About… Housing… Transportation… Food… Health Care… Employment Services… Recreation Program… Volunteering… Other Local Services”

Click here to browse the complete Resources guide – and leave us comments if you know of other organizations and services that we’re missing. Thanks for your tips!

“What kind of company declares itself uninterested in maximizing profit?”

I really enjoyed reading Gary Wolf’s Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess in WIRED, which comes to the conclusion that part of why CL is a mess is that it’s “uninterested in maximizing profit.” Why?

“People are good and trustworthy and generally just concerned with getting through the day,” [Craig] Newmark says. If most people are good and their needs are simple, all you have to do to serve them well is build a minimal infrastructure allowing them to get together and work things out for themselves. (Read more)

Newmark views providing and maintaining this infrastructure as a public service, and gives away the profits of the enormously successful site.

Craig’s List is one of many trade networks listed in the Share Tompkins Resource Guide. What successes have you had using Craig’s List? Any challenges? Are there other networks you prefer to use?

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