To date, The VTL has been operating for 10 years, has over 2000 members and has hosted dozens of workshops.
Understanding the tremendous impact that equipment-lending libraries can have on our communities and environment, Chris (along with current lead designer, Kieran Wallace) embarked on a city-wide research project in 2013 to understand how to grow the circular economy in Vancouver Download the report here.
The research revealed a clear demand for more sharing. So, Chris conducted a series of pop-up lending libraries in Vancouver to pilot the concept of neighbourhood equipment-lending libraries.
These two sites have registered over 500 members, received over 200 pieces of donated equipment, hosted a series of workshops, and empowered the community to pursue new projects and hobbies.
The Thingery is now focusing on using custom build storage units and locker systems to facilitate sharing within existing building and community spaces. This includes housing co-operatives, community centers, public libraries and residential buildings.
(Image credit John Baziuk)
Our dream is that every community, no matter its size or location, has access to a Thingery that provides its members with the equipment they need to pursue their passions.