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The Glasgow Tool Library is a social enterprise that operates like a normal library, but instead of sharing books we share tools. We collect donations of tools from those that no longer use them, repair and care for them, and make them accessible to everyone through a pay-what-you-can membership. By creating a communal resource and community-run library,
we aim to challenge unsustainable relationships between use and ownership, promoting a more collaborative economy and society.
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The Tool Librarian

BY JUSTIN MORRISSEY
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 06, 2015

The Blue Mountains Tool Library or "Toolo" is a lending library for tools and equipment that services the needs of various community interests.
Initially we are seeking interested organisations to auspice the project - translation - why would we need to set up another not for profit organisation in the mountains when there are probably 100s up here already whose operations could extend to embrace a tool library. The library hopes to have a small functional space/ shipping container and fixed operating hours - several days a week. The library's main purpose is to hire tools to assist people who would ordinarily use these tools once or twice per year and not regularly enough to warrant buying them.
Members would be people trying to maintain properties prior to peak fir season, artists who need tools for one off projects and generally anyone who don't want to buy a tool and use it once. 

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Systems for Sharing

BY SEAN ROY PARKER
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 09, 2016

Sean Roy Parker touches on a very contemporary issue of an alternative economy. With businesses like eBay, Airbnb and Gumtree already onboard with the 'sharing economy' how can individuals collaboratively work together on a smaller platform to create a sustainable future?

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Collective-The Glasgow Women's Library

BY CATHY HOUSTON
@ VOL 30 ON DEC 01, 2016

Cathy Houston joined Collective Architecture in 2001 and has been the lead architect on a variety of regeneration schemes incorporating housing, retail, office, community facilities and public realm. In this presentation, Cathy speaks about the Glasgow Women’s Library project, completed in 2015 and recent winner of a GIA award in the Arts and Leisure category. 

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Making Economy

BY ABIGALE NEATE WILSON
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

TAKTAL is an agency that initiates the creative use of space. In 2015, TAKTAL established research platform Agile City to explore grassroots approaches to urban development. 

One of the outcomes of this project is Test Unit, an annual art, design and architecture Summer School. Its aims are to turn talk into action by prototyping ideas in public space. This year’s theme is Occupying the Post-Industrial City. More information can be found at agile-city.com/test-unit

Abigale Neate Wilson explains the importance of discussing and creating methods to implimate alternative economies in todays world.

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Edinburgh Tool Library

BY CHRIS HELLAWELL
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Chris Hellawell is the Founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first charity tool lending library in the UK. 

He has worked for a variety of charities both home and abroad, in particular addressing unemployment in disadvantaged groups. It was on visiting one of his old haunts in Toronto when he came across the concept if a tool library. He decided to introduce the idea to the UK, with an added element of employability training for young unemployed people. The Edinburgh Tool Library opened on March the 7th 2015, bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to enrich lives, save money, and reduce consumption, with the social goal of giving young people self belief and a route into the work. 

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Go Get Gorbals

BY SARAH DIVER LANG
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Sharing spaces, skills and things can help make life, work and leisure more affordable and effective. Go Get Gorbals is a new website to find things that you need and advertise things that you have. It will be released in June 2017. 

Need something for your project, home, event or work? 

Have a skill or thing which you can offer your local community?

Need or Have a space you can share?

Sarah Diver Lang of Icecream architecture is working with New Gorbals Housing Association and the Gorbals community to develop online and face-to-face support which helps local organisations, individuals and groups give, share or request skills, spaces and resources among one another for free or in return for something else.

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Re-life: Transition Stirling

BY EMMA ERWIN
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Transition Stirling is an environmental charity in Stirling which has been around 2009 working to help people in the community share skills that will help increase our resilience to climate change and peak oil. Emma Erwin has been on the Board of Transition Stirling since 2014 and began working as Project Manager last year on the Tool Library project.

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Starting a Car-Sharing Co-op

BY CHRISTIAN BRANDT
@ VOL 8 ON JUN 08, 2017

Wonderig what the connection is between driving clapped-out old Trabis in the former East Germany and starting a car-sharing co-op in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley? Check out Christian Brandt's presentation about bringing big-city car-sharing culture to a small town, and why it makes sense.

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2 alternative metro stations

BY ARMEN HAKOBYAN
@ VOL 32 ON JUL 10, 2019

Ideas on metro not just as an important transportation hub, but also as a potential driver for economic change, and an innovative tool for public space transformation.