2021 is already shaping up to be a big year for sharing at the local, regional, and even national levels and here at Shareable we’re looking forward to keeping you in the loop!
In addition to this week’s stories (which includes some exciting news about the “Doughnut Economic” model coming to the US and the latest episode of The Response podcast), we’re also announcing a special (public) webinar series with Tufts University and the launch of Shareable Executive Director Neal Gorenflo’s new eBook (and special event).
And just a quick note about this newsletter. In 2021 we’ll be sending it out every other week (rather than weekly). If this newsletter seems meatier compared to past editions, now you know why! We’d love to hear if you enjoy the biweekly model, and if there are other topic specific newsletters you’d like to see from us that are more tailored to your interests. As always, feel free to drop us a note at

-Team Shareable

Latest stories

“Doughnut Economic” model arrives in California

If a doughnut isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think about saving the planet and fixing the economy, I wouldn’t blame you. But, as it turns out, a doughnut might be just what we need right now.


Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: The Response

Last weekend, mutual aid organizers from all over the world gathered together for the Solidarity Summit. Hosted by Humans United for Mutual Aid Networks, the virtual event took place in order to build skills, relationships, and momentum while benefiting local work. During the Summit, we co-hosted a live recording of The Response Podcast which featured several organizers from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief. If you weren’t able to participate in the Summit, this is your chance to listen in.

It takes a village: An alternative social media platform seeks to end the epidemic of loneliness and isolation

bHive, an alternative social media platform, launches in February with the goal of uniting small villages of people–you and the 250 houses closest to you, to pour money, friendship, and collaboration back into your local economy.


Multi-party bartering app saves time, money, and the environment

What people want and need — and what they have to offer in return — are as varied and diverse as people themselves. Connecting people across this complicated web of needs and desires is exactly the challenge the new startup have|need is attempting to address — a task other bartering companies and sales platforms like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Nextdoor, and Craigslist have failed in the past.




Shareable is partnering with Tufts University on this special eight-session series hosted by professor Julian Agyeman (Co-chair of Shareable’s Board) and Cities@Tufts.

From Green Privilege to Green Gentrification with Isabelle Anguelovski

Online | Feb 3

There is an implicit assumption of “green” trickle-down effects spreading to benefit all. I illustrate this argument by examining–in North America and Europe –the extent to which urban greening creates equity in accessing the benefits of urban nature projects or, in contrast, perpetuates or produces urban inequities through processes of green privilege and green gentrification. ​

Sacred Civics: What would it look like to build seven generation cities? with Jayne Engle

Online | Feb 10

A sacred civics invites us to recognize the spiritual and sacred dimensions in people and cities and to imagine reshaping our settlements as life-centered places, where local residents build regenerative economies in relationship with nature, and where we rise to be our best selves, for the good of current and future generations. How might we redefine and build infrastructure for an urban recovery that addresses the reality and possibilities?

Organizing for Food Sovereignty in Boston: A Personal History with Greg Watson

Online | Feb 17

Boston Urban Gardeners (BUG) was established in 1976 as a voluntary association of community leaders and garden organizers from the South End, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain driven by the belief that “urban gardening contributes significantly to good mental health and nutrition, urban neighborhood vitality, aesthetics, and environmental enhancement.”

How to go even more local after COVID-19
Online | Feb 23

Shareable’s Executive Director Neal Gorenflo will kick things off by briefly sharing his lessons learned from a just concluded, year-long life experiment in living local. This will be the starting point for a higher-level discussion with Stacy Mitchell, Executive Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), and futurist Jose Ramos, Director of Action Foresight. See their bios below. The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A with attendees. The discussion will also launch Shareable’s new e-book based on Gorenflo’s year of living locally and ILSR’s top resources for going local. All attendees will get a copy of the ebook.

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Diagnosed with Aspergers at 34, this blog chronicles some of the life events I've gone through, and how I hope to help others on the Autism Spectrum. Posts that are personal opinions will be moving to another Wordpress site by the end of the year; for those looking for help with autism, I hope you will continue to visit and spread the word about the articles that most of the time are links to something I read. Please let me know what challenges you are facing, and I will do my best to address them. Thanks for reading my blog!
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