Photo courtesy of Co-operatives UK: Debbie Harley, a worker and director of Delta-T Devices, a thriving environmental science instruments worker co-operative, checks in on an installation.
Worker co-operatives tend to be smaller than conventional businesses and struggle to find investment, right? Well, not necessarily, according to new research into worker co-ops.
Article and images cross-posted from Make Resources Count. Written by Paul Hallows
The average power drill is used for just 13 minutes in its lifetime. We clearly don’t all need to own one, and they’re often too pricey for many people to buy them in the first place -- meaning a whole lot of untapped creativity and a huge amount of wasted money. And it’s not just drills which are expensively gathering dust in cupboards.
The Real Economy Lab (REL) has taken up the task of mapping the ecosystem of the next economy. Their goal is better collaboration between the stakeholders within this emerging ecosystem. In the first round, some 50 organizations completed a survey with all data flowing into the current beta-map.
In September last year, I spent a month seeing if I could survive in the sharing economy in London. It was hard. However, one of the reasons it was so hard was I was traveling. I only had a backpack and laptop with me, so I could not leverage the two profitable areas of the sharing economy -- stuff and space.
Ballarat St permanent park providing green space for the people of Yarraville (Melbourne).
The RSA’s recent report explores the emergence of a new kind of monopoly power in the sharing economy, and considers how we might challenge increasing economic concentrations of power through rethinking our approach to governance and regulation.
Because cooperatives have the power to change the world, one economy and one community at a time, the folks over at the TESA Collective have gathered up into a study guide all sorts of helpful resources, from board games to user manuals. All of them were developed to help everyone "understand what a cooperative is, how to practice cooperation, and the power of the cooperative movement."
Here's a sampling of what the guide encompasses:
Article and image cross-posted from YES! Magazine. Illustration by Jennifer Luxton.
“You should host a neighborhood soup night,” suggested my friend Sarah. “It could be fun. You could have people bring their own bowls, you know, for easy cleanup. Keep it really casual, and make it all about comfort.”
A new report from the RSA outlines the possibilities and challenges, especially regarding regulation, associated with the sharing economy. (Fair Share)
Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) is an open, distributed global event to help create a collaborative, sustainable, zero-waste society through open source. Organizers recently put out a call for local organizers to participate in this year's event, which runs June 9-13.
Listia was born of the simple desire to give away a pair of snowboard boots.
As Listia co-founder Gee-Hwan Chuang tells the story, his college buddy and Listia co-founder James Fong had a pair of boots he wasn’t using anymore. He listed them for free on Craigslist and chose one of the 20 respondents to give them to. But the guy was a no-show and Fong was left with the boots. He then listed them on eBay, but no one bid on his auction.
Nevada City Cohousing, where Charles Durrett and his partner Katie McCamant live. (MDA via Facebook)
Three years ago, Dustin Fedako attended the US Composting Council’s annual conference. As founder of Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas, Fedako didn’t know what to expect from the conference, which is geared toward the industrial composting model. He just wanted to “sponge up as much as he could.” He learned a lot and he also spent a lot of time explaining what community composting is.
John Thackara is a writer and event producer who has spent a lifetime searching for stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories at his blog, Doors of Perception, and organizes festivals that bring the project leaders he has met together.
The energy market in the US is getting more diversified as consumers shift their habits by producing more electricity autonomously while increasing environmental regulation is impacting the main grid. There are so many people producing their own renewable power that they can form their own community grids.