• Community

    Week 34: Share Your Stories

    Storytelling is one of the ways that we share our experiences. It can come in many shapes and sizes, but ultimately it can be part of the way that people change their behaviour – by learning from stories.  I’m not necessarily talking about story books – although a lot of those have great morals to share. I’m talking about the stories we share with each other every day; experiences that we tell our friends and family. Maybe you’re at the park with your kids and their friends talking to other parents, maybe you’re catching up with an old friend for coffee, maybe you’re even just sharing what happened during your…

  • Community

    Week 30: Connect to your Community

    So far, most of our weekly topics have covered ways to become more personally or individually resilient. But what about community resilience? What might it look like to become more environmentally friendly as a city or neighbourhood? Over the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of connecting to my community through my local neighbourhood group as well as the Transition Movement initiative in Guelph (Transition Guelph). The experience was been so wonderful that I feel the need to share some of the benefits that we have felt as a family: When in need: whether you need to borrow an egg from your neighbour or need a couch to crash on…

  • Community,  Economy

    Week 26: Share Tools

    When I first approached by partner (who is a mechanic and has a natural tendency to hoard) about the idea of sharing tools, he was immediately resistant. How could he trust others to take the same care that he would and ensure that things wouldn’t get broken? What if someone was using a tool that he needed? Who would be responsible for replacing tools that were broken? These are all totally good questions. The art of sharing resources such as tools can be tricky to navigate. Lucky for you, others have done a lot of the heavy lifting! Libraries: We are so fortunate in my town to have an amazing public library…