“The Community Cabinet”

“A few years ago I had a few things I didn’t need anymore: a small TV cabinet, some clothes, and a couple knick knacks. I pulled the cabinet out to the curb, loaded it up with my stuff, and threw a ‘Free’ sign on it all.

A few hours later, I checked to see what was taken. To my surprise, all of my stuff (except the cabinet) had been taken, and new stuff, someone else’s stuff, had been put in the cabinet!

I was a bit dumbfounded, but inspired!

That evening, I dug a small hole in my front yard, as close to the sidewalk as I could, and buried the TV cabinet in place. I painted it a bright yellow and added a whiteboard to the side. I called it The Community Cabinet, and encouraged anyone to take what they wanted and leave things they no longer needed.

It was a hit. Within a week, I had seen everything cycle through that little space: computers, canned food, garden veggies, books, pipe fittings, clothes, knick knacks, and more! Even the space next to and in front of the cabinet was stocked with stuff like lamps, toaster ovens, surfboards, and bikes!

It’s been wonderful over the years watching people use The Community Cabinet. It’s become well known in the community and even a destination for many on their evening walks. It provides me with a consistent source of new clothing and an outlet for the things I no longer need but someone else might. It allows everyone to prevent things from going in the trash and a chance to find some new treasures at no cost.

I am proud and happy to provide the space for my community to share. I am proud and happy to be a peer.”

- Peers Member Rory A., resident of San Luis Obispo, CA

We’re regularly lifting up stories from Peers members who want to share the community, personal, environmental, and intangible benefits they’ve experienced through the sharing economy.

To share your story, email us: hello(at)  

7 Garage Sale Tips from Tradepal

When preparing for a garage sale, place the emphasis on streamlining and organizing the process. Here are 7 things to consider:

1. Sort items

  • Classic decluttering taking mainly into account the utility value
  • Organize the garage sale by category

2. Displaying Merchandise

  • Fun labeling of items
  • Give a small write-up on the history of the item

3. Determining the Price

  • Show both the Original Price and – the Asking Price
  • Mention if you would consider a trade or if the price is Negotiable

4. Advertising (the hard part is driving the traffic)

  • Keep it short - showing address and date for the grand event
  • Street signage, Community signage or local paper
  • Let your friends know - via phone/Facebook/Twitter/ other social networks

5. Time management before, during and after the sale

Simply put, it takes a lot of work whenever you get involved in a garage sale. You         need to separate each main task and allocate specific times in different days to             avoid getting frazzled.

6. What to do with items that didn’t sell?

  • Just do a giveaway or donate to a local charity
  • Keep them for the next garage sale

7.  Build your year-long Garage Sale on Tradepal

  • No need to spend the day selling or post signs - do it all online
  • List an item, add an image
  • Set a Price or mark as a Giveaway
  • Share with friends and friends of friends

tradepal: how it works from tradepal on Vimeo.


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Zaarly, the app that bring together local buyers and sellers of goods and services, is coming to US Campuses with the launch of Zaarly U.

Students are obviously a huge market for Zaarly because universities are great places to exchange goods and services. Furthermore, students are always happy to make some extra money.

I also like the way Zaarly is implementing its launch to build what is key for their platform: critical mass. To do so, they are electing some students to become their campus CEO. Those students will be responsible for leading their campus marketplace and hosting events.

Zaarly U is (for the moment) in the US only. Who is up to build it in Europe?
Collaborative Consumption: It's Not About the Money

“The Collaborative Home is an infographic by Collaborative Consumption that visualizes the many assets in our homes that can be shared or swapped for profit. Created in partnership with the Collaborative Fund and Start-Up America, the infographic draws attention to a number of Shareable’s favorite collaborative consumption startups, including AirBnB, Neighborgoods, and RelayRides.”

The bright future of car sharing

Mobility is one of the biggest challenges we will need to solve in the coming years. When we know that the average car is used only one hour per day, we can easily understand that car sharing will likely represent an important part of the solution. By shifting our perspective on cars from ownership to access, we will use this resource much more efficiently.

The Collaborative Fund team shows by the number that the future of car sharing is bright. Check their amazing infographic here

How Collaborative Consumption Can Curb Overconsumption

Overconsumption not only harms the environment but creates debt, clutter and complexity in our lives. While PhD programs in business continue to strive for production efficiency and cost reductions, the abundance of goods available today provides an opportunity to leverage consumption. Collaborative consumption offers an alternative to ownership-based consumption. It fulfills needs and wants through renting and sharing goods rather than selling them. Although collaborative consumption does not present an entirely new concept, it is now rapidly growing and evolving.


Check out for more information on this shift in ownership and business models.

How Collaborative Consumption Can Curb Overconsumption | 2nd Green Revolution


It’s Unaminous: Ridesharing is Legal in California!

With the input of hundreds of Peers members, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just voted - unanimously! - to create a new category for ridesharing.

This is HUGE. Ridesharing is now fully legal in California, meaning everyday people can continue using their cars in ways that make our cities more safer, more affordable, and better connected. This will pave the way for future innovation.  

Peers members helped make this happen. This morning, more than 200 members gathered for a breakfast meetup to discuss the sharing economy and the importance of ridesharing in California, and walked together to make sure the CPUC heard our voices at the meeting. 

The CPUC listened - and set an important precedent for policymakers, governments, and citizens across the United States and around the world. By listening to real people’s voices and stories in shaping the rules, the commission showed that we can collaboratively navigate the important questions facing the sharing economy - and reach an outcome that protects the public and benefits everyone.

For more, click here to read Peers Executive Director Natalie Foster’s op-ed, published in the San Francisco Chronicle today. 

UPDATE: Peers members involved in this historic decision are already generating great media coverage:  

Forbes:  “The supporters packed the CPUC hearing room and erupted into applause when the proposal passed.” 

Peers Member Kepa Askenasy on WNYC: The decision “will now open up the next round of adopters to be more confident.

Salon: "Peers, a nonprofit sharing economy advocacy outfit that is rapidly proving it can mobilize the troops.”

NYC Bike Share Will Have 600 Stations & 10,000 Bikes!

New Yorkers, it is time to rejoice! The city has finally selected Alta Bike Share of Portland, Oregon to install and manage our long-awaited public bike share program. The bike share will have a whopping 600 stations, spreading from Crown Heights in Brooklyn to Manhattan’s Upper West side, and have 10,000 bikes available for use. We could see the bike share as soon as next summer, but the best part is that membership will be flexible, and an annual subscription will likely cost less than a monthly MetroCard.

Read more: NYC Bike Share Will Have 600 Stations & 10,000 Bikes! | Inhabitat New York City 

Meet Mitch. He’s our first customer for Summer 012.

It was also his birthday day. Happy B'day Mitch! 

He chose the Lippy (Josh’s) so Josh is pretty stoked.

$15 for a morning sesh at Bondi, also Mitch’s first ever surf at Bondi. What an occasion. 

Internet is a tool

“Internet is a tool, not a destination”

This is a sentence that came up during a discussion when we started to work on Kicktable. It summarizes pretty well our vision that the role of the Internet is to make your real life better and more exciting!

We are fascinated by online platforms that facilitate offline transactions, experiences, interactions,…Examples include Airbnb, eBay, Zipcar, GetAround, Kickstarter, Skillshare etc. Those startups are part of a bigger that has been called “collaborative consumption” or “the sharing economy”. We strongly believe in this movement and with Kicktable we hope to help building it.

In this attempt, we created a new blog that we call “internetisatool”. We will focus on “collaborative consumption” movement and similar trends; highlighting great online platforms changing “the way we consume and live”.

Check the blog and follow us @internetisatool


Inspiring & beautiful; New Skillshare manifesto “The future belongs to the curious”

Great Web Design is a Must – Help an Aussie Start Up with Potential

Great web design is now a standard. A hygiene factor to simply state you are open for business. The internet, the great leveler, means you can not get away with being average anymore. Given that every shop is now essentially next door to each other, why would you enter one with smashed windows and cracked paint? is a fantastic, homegrown idea. An open community for exchanging second hand uniforms – brilliant. But they have a problem. I can’t stay on their site for more than a glance before needing to look away. It’s harsh but they’re not alone (see my own poor effort) and it’s an all too common problem with otherwise solid Aussie startups.

I’ve spoken with them and I want to help. This is a cracker of an idea getting global coverage from the likes of Rachel Botsman

So questions to the cloud:

1. Do you know any designers or developers wanting a cool project with a site that has the potential to explode? (Budget is tight but there is budget!)

2. Do you have any experience with Elancers or virtual assistants abroad that they could build an ongoing relationship with?

Please pass this on and get in contact with me or them with any suggestions. 

Be prepared for the Collaborative Revolution

If you want to understand the current state of the collaborative consumption movement; you should watch Rachel Botsman’s talk at Wired  2011.

The video will also likely get you very excited about the possibilities that the movement offers.

Rachel Botsman, who is leading the movement, makes a bold prediction:

We are at the beginning of a collaborative revolution that will be as big as the industrial revolution”. 

Wow! Is that true? Nobody knows for sure. But we strongly believe it and looking at the current economic situation, this is one of the safest bet we can make.

The most exciting part of the movement is not the amount of VC funding that #collcons startups are receiving. (even if this is great news because it will help the movement go mainstream). No, the most exciting part is that it bring us back to old values and old ways of living: collaboration, sharing, trust, efficiency, trading, lending, swapping,… These are all keywords of the collaborative consumption movement.

As Rachel says in her talk: “In the world of collaborative consumption, people are investing in meaning, they are investing in industries becoming human again”.

Indeed, just look at the occupy movement. People are literally living in streets to protest against a industry that has become disconnected from real world’s problems. New ways of collaboration are emerging from this movement.

With technology and innovation thriving, collaboration is reaching unprecedented scale. 

So get prepared to host a traveller in your spare bedroom; get ready to share your car*, lend real money to real people, rent your unused items and learn a new skill from a neighbour.

Really, get prepared for the Collaborative Revolution. And if you don’t, your kids will.

Watch the video here

*On average a car remains unused 22hours per day. This is called “idling capacity”. We will detail this in a later post.

Get Verified On GuideHop!

Introducing the latest, and arguably the shiniest, GuideHop badge: Get Verified.

This is great way for you to add another layer of validity to your profile and activity posts. The “Get Verified” badge is the official stamp of approval from the GuideHop team, indicating that we know who you are and what you’re up to. It only takes a 10-20 minute interview and all that glory is yours.

But wait! There’s more. You’ll be interviewed by our go-to copywriting virtuoso who can give you feedback on how to word your post and appeal to potential customers. It’s kind of his job, so he’s the guy to ask.

Whenever you are ready to add that extra oomph to your guiding profile, head over to the “Get Verified” activity and book a time.