On Sunday 19 October 2014, fifteen people gathered at Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe to map their knowledge of sharing and collaborative activity in Adelaide, and also to offer their ideas and thoughts as to how we can make our cities more ‘shareable’.
Here is a verbatim account of the knowledge people offered about sharing in Adelaide, and their ideas as to what else is possible and desirable for Adelaide to become a ‘sharing city’, along with their feedback about the Jam itself (which I call ‘Twitter Evaluation’ – a thought or a response that fits on a Post-It Note!):
What’s Already Happening?
- Book Fridge – coming soon to Hindley Street
- Salvation Army – Friday night dinners for people who are struggling/homeless, Pirie Street, Adelaide
- Sustainable Communities McLaren Vale – sharing info/education, building a resilient community, supporting each other
- Co-op at Willunga ‘Singing Cricket’ – healthy food at reasonable price, building community
- Hackerspace Adelaide
- Urban Orchard Produce Swap, first Saturday of the month, 10.30am, Clarence Park Community Centre
- SISLETS Market, first Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Clarence Park Community Centre
- OzHarvest – supported by multiple agencies to get van to supply south with business’s excess food
- Swap and Share Willunga (food, books, clothes), Skillshare, group meal, intentional community
- Tibetan Buddhist Institute Meditation Classes, Flinders Park
- Glenelg North Community Garden Swap Table, fruit and veg @ OCS Market gncg.wordpress.com
- Community Foodies, Feed My ?? (southern), Share A Meal (northern), Onkaparinga’s Giant Garage Sale, Bowden Brompton Community Garden
- Citrus trees in the Uniting Communities Garden on Pitt Street, Adelaide – free citrus when in season
- Adelaide Bike Kitchen, Bowden
- The whole city is a shared enterprise. ShareNSave is a way to rediscover the fundamental basis of human society.
- Language sharing – Spanish conversation at the German Club, Flinders Street, every second Thursday
- Off-grid energy eg. Tindo, Mawson Lakes
- OzHarvest (food rescue), RipeNear.me, Bags of Love (emergency food hampers for injured workers), Second Byte (food rescue)
- Website – can’t remember the name – that provides a free critique on your website
- Pom Pom Kid’s Arts, Carclew (Annemarie Kohn); Playford Council
- Unley Library has a toy library, as does Lobethal
- Prospect Toy Library
- Food Swap and Share, Victor Harbour Environment Centre (monthly)
- Gifting circle in the south with plans to develop an intentional community – sharing and supporting each other; tool library raised
- Elizabeth/Playford Council area – Davoren Park Community Garden & Community Centre; Elizabeth Dunn’s food co-op, Elizabeth South share/grow veg for Foodbank, train Work for Dole
- Tech Talks, Kim Hawtin
- Men’s shed at Aldinga
- Sarah’s Café Compost Collective (take scraps each week)
- Friends of Torrens Island – Quarantine Centre, Conservation Park (activities, volunteering)
- One Planet Market (LETS, Freecycle, produce swap, third Saturday of the month, Payneham Community Centre
- Men’s Shed at McLaren Vale
- Adelaide South West Community Centre book and DVD library, Sturt Street, Adelaide
- Innovation Lab, lots of free talks and courses, Adelaide CBD
- Christie Walk and Hocking Court in the CBD share food grown on site; Christie Walk has a community room used by other people (kitchen, library, meeting room); composting is shared and used on the community garden
- Willunga Produce Share – part of LETS South every Saturday morning, also monthly clothing share and book/CD share; also Circle of Friends
- Green Light Festival education/film festival and sustainability docos, 15 November, Willunga Oval
- Greens share gardening info and resources – we have bamboo growing and people come and cut what they need; share terracotta pots and plants in exchange for food.
- Food Matters – Onkaparinga Council and Flinders Uni and Southern Community Health initially >> comm. Volunteers network and share info
- Tennyson Dunes Volunteers – helping to preserve these last remaining remnant dunes
What’s Possible, Desirable?
- Share unused backyards, lawns etc for the use of urban farming, community gardens
- Facilitating people to link with ‘work’/volunteer opportunities where remuneration is not money but something eg. work at a market for produce
- Egg providers
- Build denser communities – walkable, safe, easier to meet people at 5 kmph than 50 kmph
- Develop ‘village green’ and ‘town square’ spaces within existing neighbourhoods to make it easier for people to meet spontaneously
- A register of skills (eg. gardening, art, photography, music), books, tools, mentoring (teaching specific skills)
- Local intentional communities – forming Transition Town set ups
- Revive the high street – like Semaphore’s main street stlil is – low rent retail to encourage small enterprise, local government supported indoor and outdoor places for low cost/cost free shareable trading
- Setting up ‘Repair Cafes’ with mentor and skilled retired trades people to repair and recycle anything. Very established in Europe.
- Car pooling – work, school, uni, TAFE
- Art share – ‘Art Bank’
- School playgrounds open to the public
- Renew SA/pop up shops
- Map food – fresh, baked
- Request for items eg broken coloured glass and pottery in exchange for me decorating something or sharing fresh products. Not just what is happening, but what people want.
- ‘Fascinating yet elusive as to values that will inform the transformations. Helpful to glimpse possibilities. Will it make us more socially just?’
- ‘It’s great to see ideas that were on the fringe/hippy lifestyle now entering more popular culture and even government approved.’
- ‘Good to get a snapshot of the diverse stuff that’s happening to build (rediscover?) the sharing economy. Good to hear the short presentation by participants of the things they’re involve with locally. Very good!’
- ‘Found something happening which can help upcycling and involve me working with other people. Learned of things I didn’t know were happening. Good to find people interested in a sharing future.’
- ‘Connections (new and rekindled). Affirmation of what I am already doing and inspiration to keep doing. Increased online connections. Great venue and format.’
- ‘Interesting but how can we continue this conversation? Exciting that this is being discussed though.’
- ‘Good cross section of people with good energy. Nice to hear of initiatives like FabLab.’
- ‘Good to meet likeminded people and have and further events to go to. Can we have ongoing sessions please! Prepared to travel!!’
One of the most interesting and important pieces of feedback raised was this:
‘Fascinating yet elusive as to values that will inform the transformations. Helpful to glimpse possibilities. Will it make us more socially just?’
This is THE huge topic of debate right now among sharing advocates and activists internationally, as more and more venture-capital backed web platforms are creating the means for people to offer and access under or un-utilised space, stuff and time. While there are some advantages to these platforms, there are also some questions to consider. What do we mean by ‘sharing’? Is it just about transactions, or is it about transformation? Who benefits from sharing?
Just prior to the Map Jam, highly respected US ‘sharing lawyer’ Janelle Orsi of the Sustainable Economies Law Center released this short cartoon video (15 mins) in which she clearly outlines the main issues being discussed:
Share Adelaide supports the approach expressed by Orsi in this video about the values, the legal and financial structures of the true sharing economy, which is about strengthening the commons and putting power into the hands of citizens, not reinforcing the status quo. With the local government elections approaching in South Australia, I’d also like to recommend an excellent piece by Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren: ‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’.
As the site is by definition a mapping site, at this time only content that can be mapped can be included. We’re looking at other ways to get non-mappable stuff listed in a user-friendly way, along with other helpful functionality.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Map Jam, and to Stuart Gifford of Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe for hosting the event.