Posts Tagged ‘sharing’

Community Carsharing makes a debut in Melbourne

Posted in Movements by RideEco on December 5th, 2012

Peer-to-peer carsharing is an international movement making huge strides in reducing carbon emissions. It has been shown to increase public transport usage and decrease car ownership, leading to reduced road congestion and CO2 emissions.  It’s a concept that has finally made its way to Melbourne, with the launch of locally-run, RideEco.

RideEco is a platform that allows car owners to safely rent their cars to vetted members of their community, all by using a smart phone app. Recent research from RideEco revealed it’s a concept Melbournian’s would get on board – with 63% of respondents saying they would lend their car to a stranger if it meant benefits for the environment.

Carsharing has huge potential for reducing CO2 emissions and road congestion in Melbourne. Similar programs run internationally have been shown to reduce the number of cars on the road by nine to 13 cars for each car shared.  This happens as members substitute car ownership for carsharing, borrowing a car in their neighbourhood when they really need one, and using more public transport on days they don’t.

An average car, driving 15,000kms per year, produces around three tonnes of CO2. So if RideEco can reduce nine cars on the road for every car that joins the programme, it would save 27 tonnes of CO2 emissions per car shared.

In Australia a small car costs around $7000 a year to run, but according to recent RideEco research most cars in Melbourne are used for only 11 hours a week. On top of the environmental benefits, carsharing helps owners recoup some of these costs while their cars sit idle and gives those who don’t own a car an economical way to get around.

To create a more sustainable transport option for Melbournian’s, the company’s goal is to reach a critical mass so that in the future anyone can walk down the street in their neighbourhood and access a car to borrow on a short-term basis.

More information can be found at

Shareable in Australia: Launch

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 9th, 2012

14 November , 2012
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Shareable is launching a brand new Australian channel by convening local leaders of the sharing economy for an evening of connection, conversation and action.  New technology, sharing business models and a new generation’s preference for access to resources instead of ownership, provides an unprecedented opportunity to strive for freedom, prosperity and sustainability through sharing.

Shareable invites you to come and explore the below questions at this special event to coincide with Global Sharing Day:

  • What is the new sharing economy and why is it important to you?
  • How can we strengthen support for entrepreneurs, civic leaders and community groups working in this emerging space?
  • What initiatives are increasing citizen access to resources in Australia?

Join your host Darren Sharp (Editor Australia) on Wednesday 14 November to learn more about the local sharing economy from these inspirational people and projects:

  • Tom Amos – Sidekicker
  • Liisa Vurma – Eat With Me
  • Jodi Jackson – The Lemon Tree Project
  • Will Emmett – MeeMeep
  • Tom LeGrice – PetHomeStay

Please join us for this special launch event. Drinks and nibbles provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm – 7pm

Hub Melbourne
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Big thank you to our sponsor Hub Melbourne for providing the event space.

>> Register on Eventbrite or read more on Shareable.

PlantCatching: Website for sharing garden stuff

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on October 29th, 2012

Ever wonder what to do with all your spare herb cuttings, or plants that have outlived their time in your limited garden space?   Nicolas Cadilhac, in Montreal, has developed a website to help with just these issues – PlantCatching.

PlantCatching connects you with gardeners in your area and lets you do two very simple things:

1. Find plants, seeds and bulbs, gardening materials and even fruits and vegetables given by fellow gardeners, either anonymously in a public area, or personally at or near their property.

2. Share your passion by giving your plants, seeds, bulbs and your own harvest crops so that existing members of the site or even passers-by can catch, plant and admire them, or eat them.

The site works here in Melbourne, although it’s sparsely populated at the moment.

Inclusion Timebank launching in the Inner South-East

Posted in Movements by Inclusion Melbourne Volunteering on June 13th, 2012

Local disability organisation Inclusion Melbourne is moving forward with its cutting edge new initiative, the Inclusion Timebank. The Timebank is a new approach to volunteering, work, friendship and community building.

If you are a local of the inner South-East, international student, local student, senior citizen, person with support needs, professional, young person seeking work experience (or basically anyone really!), the Timebank allows you to share your skills (languages, tutoring, gardening, design, housework, art mentoring, anything really!) with other Timebank members and learn new skills or get help in return. For every hour of help you give someone, you receive a credit hour, which you can spend on help from someone else. No money ever changes hands. An hour for an hour. All recorded on our fantastic online portal:

Members sign up through Inclusion Melbourne’s Volunteer application process and are assisted by the Timebank coordinator to make their initial exchanges.

It sounds simple – almost like bartering or the well-known LETS system – however Timebanking has the potential to transform communities through:

  • Creating access into a pool of skills and services that would not usually be available due to financial or other limitations
  • Filling the gaps in services provided by government
  • Valuing everyone’s time as equal
  • Facilitating new friendships
  • Upskilling whole neighbourhoods
  • Joining people together to see needs met
  • Creating an environment of respectful reciprocity in a diverse body of people

The Inclusion Timebank is open to anyone who lives, works or ‘does life’ in the area around Armadale (including East St Kilda, Balaclava, Malvern, East Malvern, Toorak, Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra and Caulfield North).

There will be an information session and launch held at Inclusion Melbourne in Armadale at 5:30pm on Monday 25 of June, at 5.30pm. If you would like to book a place at an information session, learn more, or sign up, please call the Timebank Coordinator on 9509 4266 or email us at

“Transition To Sharing” Micro festival

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on February 22nd, 2012

25 February , 2012
11:00 amto3:00 pm

For a fun filled day for the whole family come along to “Transition To Sharing” micro festival and join us in celebrating community connectedness, collaborative consumption & sharing culture.  Activities include: Summer harvest food swap, ‘world cafe’ cultural exchange, worm farm & composting workshops, book swap & storytelling, vegetarian cooking demo, eco crafts, fun for the kids, yoga, croquet & games in the garden.

Sat 25 Feb, 11am-3pm @ Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

FREE event co-hosted by Transition Port Phillip & The Sharehood as part of the Sustainable Living Festival satellite event program. Supported by City of Port Phillip & Port Phillip EcoCentre.
Delicious organic vegetarian lunch by donation.
Don’t forget to bring your homegrown & homemade goodies or a preloved book to exchange.
Share the love!

Home Harvest Regional Feast: Seeking Growers

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 27th, 2012

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

We are looking for volunteers to grow and supply produce for the first Home Harvest Regional Feast. The feast will be held in Eltham (Victoria), so anyone who can get there is welcome to take part. Sign up as a grower and receive a free seasonal meal created using Grower’s produce at the feast. All registered growers will receive a small gift of vegetable seeds.

When: 22nd April, 2012
Where: Edendale, Gastons Road Eltham, Vic
Who: All growers are welcome, no matter what your level of experience or the size of your garden.

To register head to or phone (03) 9433 3206.

Even if you are not from around the area, you can still click here to download your FREE Home Harvest Booklet of practical information on how to grow delicious, healthy produce in the temperate zone and connect with your local community.

Download a pdf with all the Feast info.

Open Survey: Melbourne Bike Share Impact on Individual Travel Behavior

Posted in Research, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 14th, 2011

Photo by Daniel Bowen via flickr CC


Xin Yang is a postgraduate student studying in Master of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne, currently conducting a research project on Melbourne Bike Share (MBS) program, “Evaluating the Impact of Melbourne Bike Share (MBS) Program on Individual Travel Behavior”. If you have ever used the (blue) MBS bikes before, please take just a little time (10-15 minutes) to participate in a brief online survey to have your say on your experiences with those blue bikes, and how you think things could be improved. Your time and assistance is greatly appreciated!

South Melbourne Commons: Official Opening

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on December 7th, 2011

10 December , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

St Kilda Community Kitchen: Renovated and Reopened

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 2nd, 2011

Via Port Philip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN)

“The kitchen is back in operation after recent renovations and the room looks fantastic. It’s great to see delicious dishes, aromas, and laughter filling the kitchen once more.PPUFFN October Newsletter

The St Kilda Community Kitchen is a community-run weekly activity that is based on the idea that we all get stuck on cooking the same recipes day in, day out. But, while those recipes might be tired and boring to one person, they’re completely new and exciting to others! Each week people from backgrounds come together to have fun socialising and cooking, all the while expanding their cooking repertoire. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn a few more cooking skills, this is a great and engaging way to do it!

With everybody pitching in their ideas and skills in this way, you don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun, since it’s really about enjoying the experience of cooking in a relaxed and friendly group setting. In this way, a fantastic group cohesion is created that strengthens the local St Kilda community on the journey to preparing a delicious feast!

WHEN: Every Monday from 6:30pm ’til around 8:30pm. Come and stay for as much or as little as you like!

WHERE: Corner of 114 Inkerman St & Bath St, St Kilda. Enter off Bath St and look for the signs pointing to the Community Room.

COST: FREE!! All you’ll need to prepare a delicious feast is provided, just be sure to bring your appetite!

The St Kilda Community Kitchen uses food that is kindly provided by SecondBite. SecondBite is an innovate organisation dedicated to the redistribution of surplus fresh food from local food donors directly to local community groups. This sustainable and award winning program was created in 2009 to further SecondBite’s mission of making a positive difference to people by identifying sources of surplus fresh food that might otherwise go to waste. SecondBite is always looking to engage more volunteers. For more information on how you can be involved, go to

Buy Nothing New Month: October

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2011

Source: Ethical Consumer Group

Why Buy Nothing New? Buy Nothing New is not about going without, nor is it Buy Nothing New Never. It’s about taking October to reassess what we really need, think about where the stuff we buy comes from (finite resources), where it goes (landfill), and what our alternatives are. It is about conscientious consumption and by not spending on stuff we don’t need, increasing our savings for the things we do need.

Pledge to Buy Nothing New during October and challenge over-consumption. You’ll have more time on your hands and money in your pockets.