SpaceShare Carpooling & Green Logistics Year End Newsletter
Share, Baby, Share!
SpaceShare at EarthDance
Earthdance was really fun this year -- we got a great booth location and filled up 4 poster-sized pages on the rideboard!
Spaceshare has a strong presence at Earthdance every year, with over 600 people signing up online to share rides, then dozens more at the festival. The event attracts thousands of people each year from all over the world to Laytonville, California: a 3 hour drive north of San Francisco, so carpooling and ridesharing is especially important.
Arthur and I hosted the SpaceShare booth at Earthdance with more information about sharing rides, sharing rooms and greening festival events. Many people stopped by to utilize the last-minute rideboard, chat about their own communities or simply share space (and shade!) at the Spaceshare booth. Earthdance was a success this year -- what a great event for Spaceshare to be a part of!
Hope to meet you at the festivals next year! -- Galit Erez
Green Events Guide
Laura's internship developing the Green Guide is wrapping up, and we're entering beta testing.
If you want to help SpaceShare's mission,
this is a great opportunity for a small but important
role. Take a look, tell us what you think.
If you have web design
skills, we'd love a little help polishing the site. Or just send us
photos you've taken of green activities at festivals.
Blog about the Green Events Guide, tell friends, use it next time you plan a party.
Quote of the Month
"A sound banker, alas, is not one who forsees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional and orthodox way along with his fellows, so that no one can really blame him".
-- John Maynard Keynes
Year in Review
I broke my leg badly at the beginning of the year,
so I'm happy to call a slow and stable year a success.
SpaceShare doesn't ask for donations.
Donate to someone else, participate and create with us.
Other than festival volunteers,
we don't have too many super-simple volunteer roles. We look for
co-creators: people willing to put in the time and energy to be self-managing
without someone looking over your shoulder. Is that the kind of world-changing
role you've been looking for? Or you and your friends?
Volunteer, intern, or joining together to
earn as we work, there are a lot of wonderfully effective roles for
people who are serious about making a difference. This winter, we especially
need some folks with an eye for graphics and design!
- Conferences continue growing:
We've had especially successful
sharing results with some wonderful healing-oriented events,
such as the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
trainings, massage therapists,
physicians and holistic nurses.
One of the fun parts of my job is the chance to see how different
communities approach sharing, and how many people are happy to look
out for each other.
- Festivals held steady:
As last year, the festival community
has used SpaceShare with a lot of excitement,
but hasn't returned enough volunteer energy or money to be sustainable.
Unless we immediately find a sponsorship
marketing person and an onsite festival exhibit coordinator
there will probably be some retrenchment of our alternative-economy
approach, we'll be asking for cash payments more and running booths less.
At the same time, this January,
Jeff and I will be working on contacting many more festivals
than SpaceShare has ever tried to contact, and we'll see if a more
traditional cash-for-service approach can spread our green work.
- Green Events Education In 2008 we laid the foundations
for promoting greener events, educating event planners who don't focus
on greening on the steps they need to take. In 2009, we'll see if it
I hope that Laura's work with the Green Events Guide
will be taken up by another intern each year, and that we can help reach
the thousands of events that would like to be green but face a steep
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