Re: Borrowing/lending system
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:57:37 -0800 (PST)
At Cornerstone, borrowing of personals happens all the time, but it’s 
demand-driven, not supply-driven.  Somebody sends out an e-mail:  “I need to 
borrow … a car for this afternoon … a digital projector for the week-end … a 
tent for a week … three cups of basmati rice …”, and most of the time, an offer 
in response shows up promptly.  Seems to work OK.  Although recently, a 
borrower wrecked the manual transmission of the borrowed car …


> On Jan 27, 2015, at 6:39 AM, Graham Meltzer <graham.meltzer [at] 
>> wrote:
> Dear all
> This is my first post for years. Nice to be back.
> I wonder which communities have formalised a system that enables members to
> borrow household items (camping gear, kitchen appliances, gardening tools
> etc). In the 90s when I was researching cohousing in the US I was
> particularly struck by a system at Commons on the Alameda. They had listed
> all of the items each unit was willing to lend and circulated the list to
> everyone in the community. I imagine that these days, such a system would
> be online. The obvious problem with such a system is that it advertises
> every household's inventory of possessions to potential ne'er do wells. So
> there would be concerns about security. I guess it could be made accessible
> only to subscribing community members.
> Any thoughts?
> Love and blessings from Findhorn
> Graham
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