There are a number of articles on n21online about new services being set up in different parts of the world which offer people the opportunity to hire or borrow goods and services that they only need occcasionally, rather than buying. This trend not only saves money but is also very green, a good use of resources.
Here is proof that it can work. NeighborGoods is a service that allows its users to share physical items with other people in their area. Originally catering for people living in Southern California, it has now gone national, setting up across the the US.
The site contains a directory of stuff being shared and the option to create a wishlist for things users want. While borrowing and lending items is free, members may choose to verify their account for a small fee to build more trust into the NeighborGoods network.
This will obviously take time to build, if you live in Philadelphia and need a long ladder, its no good to you if the nearest one on offer is in Chicago, but it could work in a local area such as the Winchmore Hill postcode. It only takes a few willing citizens willing to join in and offer some resouces that other people might like to offer, or conversely put out a request for something they are in need of and we are in business!
The site has had some great testimonials:
Watch this video to see how it works:
Watch This Intro Video! from sparky rose on Vimeo.
If anyone is interested in helping to set up a local lending initiative let me know and we can set one up on n21online.com
NeighborGoods is a service that allows its users to share physical items with other people in their area.