July 22, 2011

Co-op Renaissance

The Vancouver Tool Library (VTL).
The Vancouver Tool Library (VTL)

Here in our part of the world we’ve seen a resurgence in cooperative or sharing based organizations, maybe it’s a reflection of the tight economic times or a disinterest in owning stuff that we use so infrequently. Like in several cities already Vancouvers new co-op on the block is The Vancouver Tool Library (VTL). As the name suggests it’s a library full of tools to take out when you need them, and return when you’re finished. We’ve seen this type of sharing in cars, toys, studio spaces, boats, etc. This not so new approach is becoming a social change in how we view ownership and value the idea of less is more but can go down to the community tool shed when we need it.