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New Social Media Platform Dubbed “The People’s Site” by Anonymous

8 hours 47 min ago

Article cross-posted from the Anti-Media blog. Written by Claire Bernish.

Categories: Economics

Forget Monopoly: Play American Commons Instead

June 25, 2015 - 13:17

Commonomics USA's new board game, American Commons, upends Monopoly's core principles. (Image via Huffington Post)

Categories: Economics

Swedish Documentary Makes a Convincing Case for Cooperativism

June 25, 2015 - 11:08

The filmmakers visited several worker-owned cooperatives, including Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe)

Categories: Economics

The Top 10 Tips for Running a Coworking Space at Home

June 25, 2015 - 07:40

Collective Self is a free, in-home coworking space in Seattle. Created by Lori Kane in 2012, it was inspired by an experience Kane had in San Francisco. While walking to a coworking space for an interview, she walked down a street that was incredibly diverse, with people from all over the world. Once she was in the coworking space, however, the diversity vanished.

Categories: Economics

Buffalo CarShare Ceases Operation Due to New York Insurance Law

June 23, 2015 - 06:53

Buffalo CarShare serves the daily needs of residents. Photo: Buffalo CarShare

Buffalo CarShare is a nonprofit carsharing organization serving the transportation needs of low-income communities in Buffalo, New York. The organization recently had to cease operation after their insurance company, Philadelphia Insurance, ended their coverage.

Categories: Economics

Is a Confusing Pricing Structure Limiting the Growth of Bikesharing?

June 22, 2015 - 13:48

A May 2015 report documents confusion among casual riders about the cost of bikesharing. (SF Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

Categories: Economics

This Preschool Inside a Retirement Home is Transforming Lives

June 22, 2015 - 07:28

The Mount St. Vincent retirement home in Seattle is home to over 400 residents. It’s also home to a preschool. The results of this innovative project, dubbed the Intergenerational Learning Center, are extraordinary. Elders and young children share time, space, projects, meals and conversations. By doing so, the children learn about the normal aging process, reduce their fear of older adults, and share their love and attention.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Venture Capitalist Brad Burnham on Skinny Platforms

June 22, 2015 - 06:47

Photo credit: Lisbon Council. Used under Creative Commons.

Categories: Economics

Bedis Bouziri on Tunisia's Participatory Budgeting Initiative

June 22, 2015 - 06:41

Since the Jasmine revolution of January 14, 2011 that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisian social and political life has changed considerably. After 23 years of the brutal and corrupt regime of General Ben Ali, the people of Tunisia started to experience the basic preconditions of a democratic state for the first time. Among them are freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and political pluralism, including competitive elections.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: John Repp on the Promise of Public Banking in Seattle

June 17, 2015 - 14:13

The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-run bank in the United States. Photo: Hulsing & Associates Architects

Categories: Economics

3 Sharing Apps that Share the Love with Nonprofits

June 17, 2015 - 09:15

StokeShare surfing event participants with the LAPD Cadet program. Photo: Lauren Devon

As you've probably noticed, there are sharing economy apps to help you share just about everything from lightly-worn clothes and parking spaces to surfboards and meals.

Some of these apps take the sharing spirit a step further by supporting nonprofits. Here are three of our favorites:

1. CARMAnation

Categories: Economics

Adorable Tiny House Village Springs Up in Portland

June 16, 2015 - 08:22

In Portland, Oregon, there's a tiny house village that combines the best of tiny living and cohousing.

Categories: Economics

Australian Coworking Event a Window into Growing Movement

June 15, 2015 - 17:01

In a perfect demonstration of the collaboration that takes place in the coworking industry, spaces from all around Australia and beyond got together to share thoughts and ideas about their communities and spaces.  

Categories: Economics

6 Lessons for the U.S. from Spain's Democratic Revolution

June 15, 2015 - 07:24

Article and images cross-posted from CommonsTransition.org. Written by Erica Sagrans.

When tens of thousands of people occupied city squares across Spain in the spring of 2011 as part of the 15M movement, their demand was simple: ¡Democracy Real Ya!—“a real democracy,” instead of the corrupt, top-down system that had failed to address the country’s skyrocketing foreclosures and unemployment.

Categories: Economics

Seed Sharing Movement Wins Big with New Legislation

June 15, 2015 - 07:19

Since the crackdown on seed libraries by some U.S. states last year, organizers (including Shareable) around the country have been working to protect seed sharing.

Categories: Economics

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

June 10, 2015 - 10:03

Imagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you're finished. This is the idea behind SHARE: a Library of Things. Opened in late-April in Frome, a town in southwest England, the aim of SHARE is to enable people to spend less, waste less, and connect more. The first of its kind in the U.K., SHARE has already sparked interest from other communities.

Categories: Economics

Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning

June 8, 2015 - 15:38

Bologna's Mayor Merola about to give civic collaborators keys to the city at the recent Civic Collaboration Fest

It all began with park benches.

Categories: Economics

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking Members

June 8, 2015 - 07:15

Health insurance for freelancers can be expensive. When employed by a company, health insurance is generally covered, but strike out on your own and you find yourself paying several hundred dollars or more per month for minimal coverage. As freelancers are expected to make up fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, one can’t help but think there has to be a better way—and there is.

Categories: Economics

Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing

June 8, 2015 - 07:06

Editor's note: the below is an English translation of the original interview in French conducted by Arthur de Grave. Cross-posted from OuiShare. Translation by Clement Defontaine.

Categories: Economics

A Commons Cure for Emotional Distress

June 5, 2015 - 14:43

Image created for the Healing Together Network Meeting 2013, Allied Media Conference: words by Fabian Romero and art by TextaQueen.

Categories: Economics