The exchanges detailed in this article in the New York Times involve money, which is frowned upon by some who think everything neighborly should be given away free. But barter as well as monetary exchange i’s traditional neighborhood behavior. Hiring the neighbor’s kid to mow the lawn or babysit, buying eggs from someone up the hill. In fact, small-scale interdependence like this does build a sense of community. The sites mentioned include
Neighborly exchanges via the Web
About the Author: Karen Christensen
Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and scholar who writes about the many ways women have gained and wielded power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a former trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the founder of the Train Campaign. Subscribe to Karen’s Letter @Substack https://karenchristensen.substack.com or try her Home Ecology newsletter. She can also be found on Twitter @karenchristenze.
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