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6 Rebel Architects Bucking Convention to Build Better Communities

August 31, 2015 - 09:23

The word architecture generally brings to mind urban skylines, ultra-modern homes, and attention-grabbing skyscrapers—not favelas, waterside slums, and ravaged buildings. But creative architects around the world are working in challenging environments to improve the lives of the locals with innovative designs and building techniques.

Categories: Economics

Food Justice Truck Serves Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Asylum Seekers

August 31, 2015 - 08:02

During the past few decades, an estimated 80,000 refugees, mostly from Indonesia, have sought asylum in Australia. Fleeing war and civil unrest, with limited means and access to welfare or work, these asylum seekers are going hungry. More than 90% of those seeking protection experience food insecurity, 40% have gone to bed hungry in the past month, and 42% have lost weight since arriving in Australia because they didn’t have enough food to eat.

Categories: Economics

Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard with Bikeshare

August 31, 2015 - 07:38

Photo by Paul Goddin. Article and images cross-posted from Mobility Lab. Author Jason Hardin is Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare Planner and a consultant to Arlington County (Virginia) Commuter Services.

Categories: Economics

9 Incredible Sci-Fi Inspired Little Free Libraries

August 26, 2015 - 09:05

Think Little Free Libraries are just plain boxes filled with books? Think again. These otherworldly “branches” push the realm of Little Free Libraries to the outer limits.


This Doctor Who-inspired Little Free Library is an almost-life-size model of the famous TARDIS time machine and spacecraft.

Categories: Economics

11 Ways to Create a Totally Shareable College Experience

August 26, 2015 - 08:00

Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to help bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.

1. Top 10 Tips for Starting a Campus Food Coop

Categories: Economics

New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building

August 24, 2015 - 12:17

A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. (DSNI via Facebook)

Categories: Economics

#ShareYourselfHappy Spreads the Love of Sharing

August 24, 2015 - 07:31

by Tolani Moibi, Community Manager at Compare and Share

Categories: Economics

Coworking Visionaries Weigh In on the Future of the Movement

August 24, 2015 - 06:50

Ten years ago this month, coworking was born in San Francisco when Brad Neuberg set up some card tables and invited people to work alongside him. There are now over 3,000 coworking spaces worldwide.

Categories: Economics

How Placemaking with "Bottle Bricks" Changes Lives

August 20, 2015 - 07:59

Volunteers working on Earthbench. Photo credit: POEM.

Categories: Economics

Giftival Celebrates the Heart of the Global Gift Economy

August 18, 2015 - 07:18

After days of fragrant, sun-filled skies, the weather did an about-face and turned stormy on my fourth morning walk through Trastevere in Rome. The black marble square tiles that make up the street paving in this ancient section of the city became slippery with the rain. I wrapped myself in my wool shawl and made a break for the door, trying to avoid slipping and being soaked through and through.

Categories: Economics

Cotivation Helps Freelancers Succeed Through Mutual Accountability

August 17, 2015 - 07:53

New Cotivation group at Halton Hive in Burlington, Ontario

Categories: Economics

Ex-cons at LA Kitchen Feed the Hungry with Food Waste

August 17, 2015 - 07:16

“Neither food nor people should ever go to waste.”

This is the motto of the LA Kitchen, a project that recovers healthy, local food from the waste stream to feed the hungry and gives unemployed adults—particularly adults exiting prison as well as foster kids aging out of the system—culinary training. The meals they create are distributed to Los Angeles' most vulnerable populations, with a focus on the elderly. 

Categories: Economics

Tipalti: Helping Sharing Businesses Solve Payment Challenges

August 12, 2015 - 09:02

Image credit: M4D Group (CC-BY)

Categories: Economics

Dignity, Democracy and Food: An Interview with Frances Moore Lappè

August 11, 2015 - 07:00

Frances Moore Lappè’s iconic Diet for a Small Planet has helped awaken millions of people to the connections between our diets, our bodies, and the fate of the planet. Since its publication in 1971, a rich array of food-related movements has risen up, taking on everything from nutrition and health, to farmer and farmworker justice, to world hunger and climate crisis.

Categories: Economics

Meet the New American Dream 2015 Neighborhood Challenge Winners

August 11, 2015 - 06:02

Article cross-posted from and authored by Margaret Swink. Photo credit: Permaculture Park.

Categories: Economics

“Something’s Happening Here… What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear…”

August 10, 2015 - 06:03

Article cross-posted from Photo credit: C x 2 / Foter / CC BY.

Categories: Economics

Mystic Midway Inspires Community Play and Service to Others

August 10, 2015 - 04:54

The Mystic Midway is a community, a performance troupe, a roving carnival, and a strategy for connecting people in a whimsical, playful and creative way. It's made up of professional actors, dancers, clowns, mystics, social activists, musicians, costume designers, graphic artists and more.

Categories: Economics

Mutual Aid Network: The New Cooperative Model on the Block

August 7, 2015 - 12:17

The move to a new economy is underway, whether we like it or not. The many cracks widening in latter-day capitalism are creating new pressures and opportunities for people to do things differently. The real question is whether we patch over those cracks with more of the same, or nurture the seedlings for a more beautiful world that are sprouting up and breaking through.

Categories: Economics

Made with Creative Commons: A Book on Open Business Models

August 5, 2015 - 07:35

by Paul Stacey, Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons

Business has always benefited from the Commons. Air, water, forests, pastures, fish and other Commons-based natural resources have long been freely accessed and used. In the age of the Internet we've seen natural resource-based Commons augmented with a rapidly growing digital Commons.

Categories: Economics