For most of us, the closest we get to lending some sugar to a neighbor is listening to Andre 3000 demand it in "Hey Ya!" However, a Cincinnati web-entrepreneur is looking to change that. Keara Schwartz created Share Some Sugar, a site that very simply "finds someone in your neighborhood who is willing to lend you something that you need."
Search by the item you need and the zip code, city, or neighborhood you are looking, and Share Some Sugar will search its listings to ensure you don't have to buy something you might only use once a year.
What's better than the concept of the service is the execution. A feedback system lets you rate borrowers and lenders, crowdsourcing the trustworthiness of those you deal with. Concerned that an item might come back damaged? Put a security deposit in your listing.
Right now, lending is done on as a neighborhood service. Lend something out, and borrow something you need - no charge. However, as the service rolls out of beta, an option will become available to rent out your goods.
Why share some sugar with your neighbors? We'd have to agree with Share Some Sugar's belief statement:
We Believe... In being resourceful and making the most of what we have. It is our responsibility to care for the environment. That neighborhoods should feel like communities. We still believe what we learned in kindergarten, that 'sharing means caring'.