This does kinda relate to my earlier post about living in a small town during this recession, as we are seeing more bartering going on amongst neighbors in order for everyone to save money. I just read this story about people in Atlanta finding ways to get goods and services without spending any cash at all and figured I would share with you guys. Seems bartering is catching on everywhere, and I think it is a great thing – it’s kinda like going back in time to when people took care of each other. I do hope that if the economy comes back we can continue down this path as it saves money, resources, and it helps to build stronger communities. From the article:
Once a week, this group that calls itself the YOUMEs gather around a campfire in Dr. David Epstein’s backyard to offer what they have and to find out who within their community might have something they want.
Each person takes a turn offering assets and announcing needs.
The group is part of a growing national trend of communities looking for low-impact, locally rooted solutions in this challenging economy. Along with saving money, they’re meeting neighbors, learning what they have to offer and making connections that they say will benefit themselves and their community, today and in the future.
How cool is that? Maybe if you live in a neighborhood where you think that might work, you should start a group too. You can share food, tools, jobs, etc – and everyone benefits. Have you seen anything like this where you live?