Introduction

Some sharing arrangements spring up naturally among people who already know one another. In many situations, the makeup of a sharing group is determined by the type of share its members have in mind. For example, if you want to share a nanny, you may be looking to go in with a friend whose children are the same age as yours. Appliances, tools, or a vehicle are usually easiest to share with neighbors. And often, the idea to share housing comes up among a group of close friends.

If you have an idea for sharing, you'll naturally first consider whether you could do it with people you already know. But the world is full of potential sharers, and one of the benefits of sharing is getting to know people you might otherwise not have crossed paths with. This chapter explains how to find people to share with among your neighbors, your coworkers, and friends (both those you know and those you haven't met yet).

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