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Welcome To 

The Workshop

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The Workshop is a tool library whose goal is to give the community access to tools in an effort to fulfill needs, inspire service, and create opportunities to learn new skills. Through projects and service, we hope members find what they're passionate about. The Workshop seeks to grow these interests by offering opportunities for members to educate themselves. 

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Putting the sharing economy to work | Aaron Krolikowski & Darren Cotton | TEDxBuffalo
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Putting the sharing economy to work | Aaron Krolikowski & Darren Cotton | TEDxBuffalo

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The average power drill is used for less than 12 minutes over its lifetime. What if you could get access to common tools, so that fixing up your house, even if you're renting, was far less intimidating and costly? That's what the University Heights Tool Library does. And that was the starting point for many neighborhood-boosting projects that Darren Cotton and Aaron Krolikowski are pushing forward. Darren Cotton is founder and Aaron Krolikowski a volunteer at the University Heights Tool Library, a project that empowers homeowners and renters to borrow tools and make neighborhood-improving repairs to their homes. Krolikowski is on the project planning team for ReTree the District. He recently completed his Ph.D in Geography at the University of Oxford, where he studied how mobile technologies are being used for improved public service delivery in East Africa. In addition to his work at the UHTL, Aaron is the director of research and public policy at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Cotton is the founder of the University Heights Tool Library, which he started while completing his Masters in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo. After graduation, he began working as an associate planner at the UB Regional Institute. He focuses on the interplay between public engagement, participatory planning and graphic design to inform his professional and personal work in the field of community development. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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More Tools for More People

At The Workshop, our goal is to provide access to tools for everyone. We do this buy offering free tool rentals to our members. Becoming a member is easy and free!

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By offering free tools we hope to give people the resources to fulfill their needs, follow their dreams, and help others!

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Providing Opportunities Through Helping Others

By providing the community with access to free tools, we hope to inspire a spirit of service in our members. With access to tools and the Community Service Database, we have aimed to remove any barriers that would prevent people from helping others.

We hope that through the projects our members work on they gain hands on experience in different fields and find what they enjoy doing.   


Educating Others So That They Can Achieve Their Goals

Here at The Workshop we want to help people pursue their passions. We also want to be able to provide members with the education they need. Whether that's for their next project or they're pursuing a career, The Workshop wants to be a hub for growth and collaboration.

As part of our future goals, we hope to start offering classes, having educational material, and offering certifications that allow people chase after their goals.

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"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about"

Margaret J. Wheatley

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