Category Collaborative Consumption

Swap #2: Starting 2013 off with another stellar swap!

Hello all! Our first swap of 2013 happened on Monday, January 28th in the evening, and what a great swap it was! There are fewer things more satisfying in life than opening up a new year with a great start. We were super pleased and impressed with all of the variety from our first swap […]

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Recipes & comics, with a side of grilled cheese.

I recently stumbled upon this list on Saveur’s website of ‘Recipe Comix,’ which is exactly what it sounds like. Saveur contacted several comic artists, asking each artist to draw a recipe for them.  The collection of the works of art as recipes that resulted from this request are as varied as you could imagine.  I […]

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Community Building (Quite Literally): Meet the Faces Behind OpenStreetMap at Mappy Hour

DREAM COME TRUE: I am starting 2013 at a new job where I get to reignite my geo-nerdery by indulging in mapmaking. I am in the midst of developing a series of interactive maps for various projects, assignments which required researching a number of online mapping applications and plug-ins. One of the main issues that […]

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Crowdfunding Causes: Help Cultivate Toronto Set Up Gardens in Regent Park

Is it just me or do you also find yourself looking at a lot more crowdfunding projects than you used to? I don’t have the hard numbers to back it up, but I know that online fundraising has become dominated by platforms such as Kickstarter, RocketHub, and many others. They aren’t just for charity drives […]

Your Packed Social Calendar: Preserve Swap at The Handlebar (+Bonus Dance Party!)

This past Saturday night, I visited The Handlebar in Kensington Market for the first time to hear my friend Edmund Stay rock-opera-out as he reprised the songs from his musical The Wolf, which debuted in the spring. I missed the full show back in April so this concert was my first chance to hear the […]

Swap #1: A Solid Success! **Recipes Now Posted!**

Our first food swap was held last night on the University of Toronto campus, and Natalie and I are thrilled at the turn-out and the diversity of the items. There’s already been Facebook posts and emails sent with people raving about the food they brought home. It’s 20 hours later and I’ve devoured 3 of […]

Building Reputation In A Swapping World

With our first swap just two days away, we’ve been getting handfuls of questions about how we will be making people accountable for the safety of their prepared food. It’s a complicated issue , and it’s a significant barrier to projects like food swaps. However, in the interest of full disclosure, we wanted to share […]

Adventures with CSAs: Fresh City Farms

At the end of September, I finally signed up for my first personal Community Shared Agriculture program. I had considered joining a CSA in years past as it seemed like an ideal way to source food from local farmers, but the large upfront cost and time commitment required by many programs scared me off. I […]