It’s one of the first things we learn as kids: How to share.

But this practice usually fades as we become adults. Our houses become filled with our own “stuff.” Garages, attics, basements, and closets transform into cluttered warehouses. When we need something, whether it’s a chainsaw or a roasting rack, our first thought is to go out and buy it. But why get it new when our neighbor down the street has one we can borrow?

The first guide in the New Dream Community Action Kit is all about sharing: everything from starting a tool library to organizing a solar cooperative, from holding a clothing swap to launching a time bank.

With how-to tips, fun videos, and useful resources, the Guide to Sharing provides the inspiration and practical tools you need to get started on these projects in your community – right away!

The guide is produced in collaboration with and explores four Action Ideas to help communities share more:

  • Organize a Community Swap – with a focus on clothing swaps
  • Lend Locally – with a focus on tool libraries
  • Share Time, Labor, and Skills – with a focus on time banks
  • Set up a Co-op – with a focus on solar co-ops