I’m terrible at gratitude.
All images used courtesy of Incredible Edible Todmorden.
Six years ago, a woman in a small town called Todmorden, at the back end of a Yorkshire valley in the north of England, dug up her prize rose garden. She planted vegetables, knocked down the garden wall, and put up a sign saying Help Yourself.
Whether you’re in the Northern hemisphere, cozied down for a long winter’s night or in the Southern hemisphere, enjoying the sunshine, there’s always time for a good read and we’ve rounded up the top 15 new sharing movement books (plus two bonus books). Topics covered include the power of cities to create positive change; a living, utopian experiment in Spain; how to achieve personal happiness and fulfillment; transparency in government; the maker movement; urban farming; and how sharing is good...and good for us.
Fifty cities around the world began mapping their shared resources in October and November during Shareable's worldwide Map Jam. This is just the beginning of the Sharing Cities Network - an ambitious project to create one hundred sharing cities by 2015.
The first Foundation House, pictured above, is located in the Richmond district of San Francisco.
“Give the gift that keeps on giving,” is not a cliché. It is a sound philanthropic strategy. Want to see your donation dollars multiply? Give to an organization that supports sharing. Here are some great examples of where your support can have an amplifying effect on sharing worldwide.
Here’s a fun fact: Abraham Lincoln didn’t go to law school. He independently studied the law, registered with the Sangamon County Court in Illinois and passed an oral examination by a panel of attorneys. He was then given his license to practice law.
Can't be with your loved ones for Thanksgiving? What better way to give thanks for the abundance in your life and celebrate generosity than to share your dinner with strangers?
Coworkers enjoy the facilities at Impact Hub Madrid. Photo by Madrid Educacion.
The sharing economy now seems to apply to almost anything and everything that people value. Beds, cars, parking spaces, sporting and music equipment, hardware, and even vegetable gardens are now being shared between friends and strangers alike.
Residents of Boulder, Colorado recently scored another huge victory in their pursuit of clean, publicly-owned energy. On November fifth, Measure 310, which was funded by energy giant Xcel and would have effectively halted progress on the project, was resoundingly struck down by voters.
Sharing economy enthusiasts gathered together at an event put together by Let's Collaborate! and Suits to Silicon Alley last week to talk about the growth of the sharing economy and the subsequent implications with government in New York. Many peer-to-peer platforms face problems with outdated government laws designed for more traditional B2C industries or face no laws at all.
Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many thousands of bees, fell suddenly silent, leaving scientists and beekeepers alike scratching their heads. The reasons remain mostly a mystery, but the trend has a name: Colony Collapse Disorder; a disturbing development drying up beehives throughout the industrialized world.
In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move. Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.