Seed swaps are great ways to learn about local seeds, build community around seed sharing, and show support for the Save Seed Sharing movement. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, they provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own . . . Read more
Mutirão: This is originally a Tupi term used in Brazil to describe collective mobilizations based on non-remunerated mutual help. Wikipedia’s Brazilian Portuguese definition for mutirão is very telling: “An expression originally used in field work for the civil construction of community houses where everyone is a beneficiary and offers mutual help through a rotating, non-hierarchical . . . Read more
The guelaguetza tradition, from the Mexican State of Oaxaca, can be described as cross between a potlatch and a tequio. The term describes “a reciprocal exchange of goods and services”. Its practice is woven from the reciprocal relations that tie people together. It’s the starting point for family and even . . . Read more
A group of friends gathers for a party, each bringing several quarts of soup. One quart from each person gets heated and sampled that night (along with plenty of snacks and wine, of course). Before going home, everyone trades soups.
Ad hoc meeting of twitter users gathering in a local place (usually a bar or a restaurant) and organized using the meetup website
Trade School is a temporary alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something . . . Read more
Seed share event inspired by the speed dating format
A dynamic and informal discussion and debate format. Participants are standing in a large room. A facilitator tell them a story they can relate to. The facilitator then ask a polarizing question to the group. One side of the room is for participants who agree, one side is for participants . . . Read more
Meet up are adhoc meetings on various topics facilitated by Meetup.com a website that helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.
A Gratiferia or Really Really Free Market is a community gathering where participants give away usable items, skills, food, entertainment, games and many others things that a community can come together and share.