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Sharing Activist Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles into a Sharing Mecca

August 31, 2014 - 11:11

As a founding member of the Sharing Cities Network (SCN), Shareable interviewed Arroyo Sustainable Economies Organization (ASECO) to get the scoop on their recently released plan to create Share LA. It's a bold plan to turn notoriously unequal and sprawling Los Angeles into a community-oriented, resource sharing city for all.

Categories: Economics

New Wiki Will Help You Grow a Better Garden

August 27, 2014 - 08:31

Top image: Rory Aronson at TEDx UCLA. Article cross-posted from Opensource.com.

Categories: Economics

16 Worker Coops Redefining the Cooperative Movement

August 27, 2014 - 08:19

The worker cooperative movement has hit a new stride. Re-emerging in the 1960s, cooperatives tend to elicit thoughts of natural food stores and specialty bookshops but the movement has grown to include tech companies, coworking spaces, international businesses, large factories and much more.

Categories: Economics

Why Trails Are America’s New Town Squares

August 27, 2014 - 07:50

Top image: The Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Micah Taylor under a Creative Commons license. Article cross-posted from On the Commons.

Americans are people on the go!

Categories: Economics

Portland’s Collaborative Ethos Shines at Recent PDX Skillshare

August 26, 2014 - 07:13

Portland, Oregon, a city known for having a strong D.I.Y. ethos, is no stranger to collaborative, D.I.T. (do it together) culture either. Case in point: the recent PDX Skillshare. Supported in part with a grant from Shareable, the event brought people together to exchange skills and information about martial arts, screen printing, meal planning and preparation, beekeeping, business networking, clawhammer banjo playing, and much more.

Categories: Economics

5 Tips for Going Back to School Shareable-Style

August 25, 2014 - 07:17

Top photo credit: Blue Square Thing / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Categories: Economics

Who Gets to Decide What a City Can Do with Broadband Internet?

August 25, 2014 - 06:35

Top image from Free Press Pics under a Creative Commons licenseArticle cross-posted from On the Commons.

Categories: Economics

Crowdfunding and Ownership in the Sharing Economy

August 22, 2014 - 06:31

At the end of the first week of August 2014, two different crowdfunding pitches closed almost simultaneously.  FarmDrop, based in the UK, had raised three quarters of a million pounds, which was not far from double their original goal, from 359 investors. Open Food Network, based in Australia, had raised Aus$35,877 from 398 investors.

Categories: Economics

Bike Sharing: Safer than Your Own Bike

August 21, 2014 - 06:21

Citi Bike users ride through DUMBO, Brooklyn (Lars Klove/NYC Bike Share via Oh The People You Meet)

Categories: Economics

6 Coliving Networks Reinventing Home

August 20, 2014 - 09:05

Top photo credit: Open Door Development.

Now that coworking is a fairly well understood, some folks are going one step further by establishing collaborative spaces at home with what's called coliving. Like coworking, coliving is more than sharing space. Ideas and intentions, projects and purpose all come together in a true coliving environment.

Categories: Economics

How Oakland Wiki Empowers the Local Community

August 20, 2014 - 07:53

The Bay Area has a wealth of public services, but it’s not always easy to find them. The Community Resources portal of Oakland Wiki could potentially change that. An open, community-built knowledge commons, the portal's goal is to gather and make it easy to find all community resources available to the public. Among the services listed: children, youth and family resources, educational services, LGBTQ services, food projects, housing resources, health services and more.

Categories: Economics

14 Online Platforms that Boost Civic Engagement

August 19, 2014 - 09:33

Democracy relies on citizens participating in decision making. Yet in the last presidential election, less than 60 percent of Americans voted, and local elections traditionally have “abysmally low” voter turnout.

Categories: Economics

The Basics of Bikepacking

August 18, 2014 - 09:00

Cross-posted from PeopleForBikes. Image credit: Rauckhaus.

Categories: Economics

Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?

August 13, 2014 - 10:37

Downtown Detroit's RiverWalk. (Michigan Municipal League / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

How One Supermarket Fights Food Waste with Ugly Fruits and Veggies

August 13, 2014 - 09:43

Over 800 million people around the world suffer from food insecurity, and yet, global food waste continues to be a major issue with one-third of all food produced being thrown away. One reason for this is that we’re too damn picky about our fruits and vegetables. Most of us want these foods to look flawless, so anything that is not perfectly shaped gets thrown away before it even hits the market.

Categories: Economics

25 Incredible Tiny Houses Available on Airbnb

August 13, 2014 - 08:47

Interested in tiny house living? Before you ditch your possessions and make the move, you can give the lifestyle a spin by renting a tiny house on Airbnb. Here are 25 of our favorites.

1. Silo Studio Cottage - Lee, Massachusetts

Categories: Economics

Economy of Hours Takes Timebanking to the Next Level

August 12, 2014 - 11:38

When money is hoarded and removed from circulation it prevents people from transacting with one another, not because they don't need one another's services, but because they lack the medium of exchange needed to facilitate the transaction, and this is where alternative currencies, including timebanking, come in.

Categories: Economics

The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee

August 12, 2014 - 10:53

Chattanooga skyline. Top photo credit: C Simmons / Foter / CC BY-NC 2.0.

Categories: Economics

From Spain’s 15-M Movement: The Charter for Democracy

August 12, 2014 - 07:53

Images cross-posted from Guerilla Translation. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

How Reggalo Helps You Support Nonprofits by Doing What You Do Best

August 12, 2014 - 07:52

Volunteering is good. But not everyone can work at a soup kitchen, solicit sidewalk donations, or help build a house. But what if, rather than structuring volunteerism around general services, people could donate their unique skills on their own schedule to raise money for nonprofits?

Categories: Economics