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  • Gloria Waters

    hello all!

    as you may know, we're on our final week of raising funds for makeshift society brooklyn. during this homestretch, we would love to first thank you all for your gracious support - not only our supporters & backers, but our artists & designers who have created our incredible rewards. and of course all of you who have taken the time to blog, post on facebook, tweet, instagram, or simply tell a friend about our kickstarter, from all of us at makeshift, THANK YOU so much. because of you, we have raised 65% of our goal.

    with that being said, now more than ever we would like to ask for your help to get us to our goal of 30k. it's crunch time (7 days left!) over here at makeshift society, and we have one small favor to ask of you. your involvement has brought us this far, and we only ask that you can share one more post within the next 7 days to help spread the word that we are on our final push, and still as determined as ever. of course, we will repost whatever social media buzz that mentions @MakeshiftSocBK!
    and for you tweet-convenience, here is a shortlink to our kickstarter:

    thank you all so much again, know that this is happening because of you.

    endless thanks and high fives,
    gloria c. waters ● makeshift society intern

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        PS- you should add your Twitter handle to your profile and an about me!

  • Kristen Hess

    I love this, I can't tell you how many times I've said "I need a good camera." SO MANY TIMES! And I still do. Maybe I'll have to come to Brooklyn :) So do you rent the tools are are they free? A thought I had while reading; it'd be sweet to have some how-to videos to teach people who to care for and use the tools (if they're not familiar with them). Great stuff, thanks for supporting community and inspiring collaboration. The world needs more of this.

    • Rena Tom

      hi kristen, we haven't figured out the system yet, there will have to be some kind of fee, or deposit, so that we can keep things in good working order. how-to videos are a great idea.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Fantastic! Sharing these types of Creative Tools = Awesome Potential & Possibility for EVERYONE! As a Freelance Cause Focused Storyteller, who interviews every day people collecting their tales of tenacity and overcoming obstacles, I would LOVE to visit your lending library one day. Best wishes and let the Wild Rumpus of Creative Projects Start! Big HUG, Kristin

    • Rena Tom

      hi kristin, please do visit :)

  • Leah Neaderthal

    This is a fantastic idea! Especially in today's world of over-consumption and disposability, a lending library of tools goes a long way towards enabling people to re-think their relationship with *things*. Nice work!!

    • Rena Tom

      thanks Leah. we think having a community lending outpost is like the new trading post.

    • Rena Tom

      excellent! thanks dana.

  • Carmel Ulbrick

    Will have to stop by the next time I'm in BK!

    • Rena Tom

      give us a few months to open doors, carmel :)

  • Christine Kim

    It's ideas like this that inspire me and restore my faith in humanity!

    • Rena Tom

      hi Christine, thank you!

  • Eric Ho

    Love it Rena!

    • Rena Tom

      thank you, Eric!

    • Rena Tom

      you should start one!

  • Kris Giere

    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rena Tom

      thanks Kris :)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    My favorite place to use tools in Los Angeles is the Bicycle Kitchen. The people are friendly there, they're volunteers, and you get to work with such a diverse group of people.

    • Rena Tom

      LA is so vast, there needs to be a roundup of alternative library spaces..

        • Rodrigo Mejia

          And another! The Bike Oven in Northeast Los Angeles. Much like the lending library, part of the experience is working with the people who know what they're doing, giving you the chance to learn and adopt new practices.

          At the Bike Oven, you rent a work station and the rest is on you. Volunteers assist in every way they can, but they emphasize teaching the owner to do the repairs themselves and become familiar with the tools they're using. You come in with confusion and leave with a new confidence in your abilities (and a network of people eager to help).

          Most of my bike knowledge comes from places like the Bike Oven and the Bicycle Kitchen.

          • Rena Tom

            that's excellent. not sure if SF has this, but there is a great non-profit bike shop that employs at-risk youth. there are so many ways to do good.

  • Charles Kim

    this is a brilliant idea.

    • Rena Tom

      thank you, charles!