"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, January 14, 2013

NE Seattle Tool Library

Location: Seattle, WA

Website: www.neseattletoollibrary.org

The NE Seattle Tool Library provides free, community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and sustainable resources. Become a member now!

We will officially start lending tools at our Grand Opening on January 19, 2013. The building will open at 10 am for new member registrations and meet-and-great, followed by the official speeches and ribbon cutting at 11 am. We’ll stay open until 2 pm for tool lending, plus “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations.

The NE Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training, and relevant advice.

By providing this service, the Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in community projects, such as park restorations, and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting.


- Leverage existing resources

- Reduce our environmental footprint

- Reduce consumption of tools used only once or twice

- Educate community members in proper use and maintenance of tools

- Enhance self-reliance and resilience

- Foster sense of community and mutual support

- Encourage repairing items instead of throwing them in the trash

- Encourage making products for ourselves instead of buying them from far away

- Lay a foundation for a Sharing Economy

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