Those who attended the recent transition-focused discussion facilitated by Deborah Benham from Global Transition Network know that there were several recurring themes that kept coming up in the conversation. No matter what area of transitioning crept into the conversation, a few universal concepts kept resurfacing: community building, sharing and cooperation. We will not pave the way to a new and more sustainable culture without a lot more of these things. We are, therefore, excited to announce a new tool that has been added to our growing website to help our members build more of these important things. It's a community sharing library, designed and built by Mike Fry. It is pretty remarkable. It is like an electronic version of those lovely, neighborhood sharing libraries we have seen popping up all over. But, rather than being only for books, it holds all kinds of things, including DVDs, kitchen tools, pet products and more. All of those things we buy and use only occasionally and that sit in our closets, cupboards, drawers and basements for most of their lives; or those things we bought and tried but rarely use anymore but aren't sure we totally want to get rid of them... this is a library that can hold all of that stuff.
Transition Longfellow members can now check items out of the library for free as well as contribute items to it. When you contribute an item you can decide whether you want the item returned to you or if you want the person who takes it to hold it until someone else wants to use it.
Fry calls the new system Cesil (for C. S. L. or Community Sharing Library) and he has worked hard to make it easy to use. To add an item to Cesil, all you need to do is snap a picture of it and click the "Share an Item" button on the new Sharing page on the Transition Longfellow website. A simple form comes up that you can fill out. Once you submit the form, the system makes a label you print to attach to the item. When someone wants to "check out" the item, all they have to do is scan the label with their cellphone. The system keeps track of who has which items and when they become available again. It also allows Transition Longfellow members to rate and comment on the items they have checked out.
Cesil is brand new but is up and running. New items are being added now. We encourage you all to check it out, check stuff out and add your own items to it. Whether you are looking to binge-watch some good TV on a cold weekend or if you are wanting to learn pasta making or canning, the Cecil already has some great items for you. So, check it out!