#Book a Day introduces Share or Die - Messages from the Front Lines of the New "Lost Generation"
Congratulations to yesterday’s Book a Day for the Month of May contest winner Martine P.
Today’s is the first day of a week of giveaway’s of the brand new book Share or Die, Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis. To enter all you have to do is retweet our contest tweet @NewSocietyPub or share this post on the social media of your choice using the SHARE THIS widget that appears above and below this post. Then, leave a comment on this blog entry to let us know you have done so. (If you don’t we won’t know you have shared!) We will randomly select a winner from each day's entries
Part post-college guide, part ground-breaking analysis, Share or Die is a great resource for young folks or anyone attempting to understand what it means to live as part of Generation Y.
The writers in the collection are young graduates writing about their lives and the lives of their friends. For all the writing that exists about American 20-somethings, very little of it has been written by those with the most knowledge on the subject.
The title doesn't just refer to the existential state of life with resource depletion, disappearing jobs, and stagnating wages. This young generation is going to have to consume less as individuals, that much is clear. But there are kinds of social death too, and they're forms to which we've become accustomed and for which we've been groomed. In a world where homes and education have become tools for the financial violence of debt, where do they begin? We need commensal ideas and practices in order to merely survive, but also to build a place where it's worth living.
In a shareable world, things like car sharing, clothing swaps, childcare coops, potlucks, and cohousing make life more fun, green, and affordable. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world.
The remarkable successes of sharing projects like Zipcar, Wikipedia, Freecycle, Kiva, and Creative Commons show this. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don't hear enough in the mainstream media.
They show what’s possible when we share. They show that we don't act merely for our own good, but go out of our way to contribute to the common good. They show that we can solve the crises we face, and thrive as never before. They show that a new world is emerging where the more you share the more respect you get, and where life works because everyone helps each other.
This collection isn't a map, but a series of forays into uncharted territory, each writer taking a different path, equipped with different tools. Collected here, they're stories from the front lines, advice and warnings, tragedies and comedies, all pointing different ways.
Share or Die, Voices for the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis, ia Co -Edited by Malcolm Harris, the Life/Art channel editor and write at Shareable and managing editor of The New Inquiry website and Neal Gorenflo, the co-founder and publisher of Shareable
Foreword by Cory Doctorow, Cory (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novels like FOR THE WIN and the bestselling LITTLE BROTHER.