Tag Archives: Book Crossing

Friday Finds – Growing Books.

20 Jul

Wow, this Friday Finds has me a bit excited.  Those who know me are aware of how much I love, and I really mean LOVE, books.  So, what do you get when you cross a love of books with a love of trees and a desire to repurpose, reuse and reinvent things?  A Book Forest.  Fallen trees have been reclaimed and reinvented as public bookshelves on the streets of Berlin.  Utilised by Book crossers (I have written about book crossing here if you need a refresher), the book cases are not only a practical but also a beautiful way for people to exchange books.

This is not only a great idea in itself, but it was also born from a very innovative organisation.  Baufachfrau Berlin are an educational institution for women in the building industry.

BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. is a recognised educational institution for women working in the building enterprise. It develops and executes employment and qualification projects on a local, regional as well as European level.

The association emerged from the idea of interconnecting designers, artisans and environmental engineers to improve the occupational opportunities of women in technical fields.

BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. qualifies women working in the building enterprise and trains cabinetmakers. Since its foundation artisans, architects and environmetal engineers plan and execute jointly ecological, social and environmental education projects. In doing so the association gained wide experience of the vocational education of persons of different educational level. In this context cross-generational participation projects in the neighbourhood and the project work in schools as well as intercultural communication play a crucial role. Guiding theme of all projects is the promotion of resource-saving and sustainable construction.

All I can say is Wow!


Photos from BAUFACHFRAU, Bookshelf and Inhabitat


Changing the world one book at a time

27 Jul

I always like to think I could save the world, but I’d be happy just to change it a little.  Make it more beautiful, a bit greener, a little happier and a lot kinder.  My littlest sister knows me well, and a couple of Christmas’ ago she gave me this book…

Michael Norton's 365 Ways to change the world - a great Christmas present

The book is set up with a suggestion a day for making a change in the world, and they have a website too, you can check that out here .  Some tasks are big, some are small, and some are things that you are hopefully doing already.  Admittedly I keep picking it up, reading a couple of ideas and then put it back down.  I think about putting some of the ideas into action, and then something else more pressing comes up and it gets put to one side.

There is no way in the world that I would be able to implement each idea every day, some I just don’t have an interest or motivation to tackle, others are just a little too big for me at the moment.  But as I unpacked the mountains of books that I have collected over the years, I put this one aside and decided it was time to actually implement some of my good intentions.  In the words of Mahatma Ghandi it is time for me to be the change I wish to see in the world.

The book categorises the actions into different themes, and I’ve been gravitating towards the environment, community and neighbourhood and culture and creativity sections.  They seem to encompass some of the issues I care most about.  I’ll be able to address a lot of the ideas for change through my work with Drawn Outdoors, particularly the environmental ones, so this fills my heart with lots of warm and fuzzies.  But there will also be things outside of Drawn Outdoors that I would like to pursue to generally make the world a better place, and for these I will need to make just a little bit of effort.

So with this aim in mind I became a Book Crosser.  This was the idea for 11 December (yes I’m either really early or really late), and the idea is that you share your book with the world, creating an informal public library.  By registering your books on the Book Crossing website before releasing them you can track the progress of your book (providing those who find it add to the book’s online journal).

My first two Book Crossing Books ready to release into the wild!

The Book Crossing label providing instructions for Book Crossing - yes that is the Daredevil's hand getting in on the action

I released my first book into the wild today, and it was snapped up!  I was so excited to see that the person who picked it up took the time to go to the website and register the book pick up.  I released a bit of chick lit – I know from experience this is a great read on public transport, and as I was releasing the book at a bus stop I thought it would be a good fit.  I’m going to release my second one tomorrow, and I hope it has the same result.  Such a small act, but I’m sure it made the book finder smile, and it definitely made me happy.

The second part of the idea is to encourage others to try Book Crossing – So, try it, give it a go.  I’m sure you have books that you can afford to share, I know I have plenty.

I’ll keep you posted on my other world changing activities, but in the meantime, how are you going to change the world today?


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