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Reclaiming Gift Culture

April 16, 2014 - 12:57
What are the different traditions of the gift culture around the world? How can we bring the gift culture practically into our lives, communities, organizations?  What do we need to unlearn for the gift culture to manifest? What miracles can happen when we approach the world from a spirit of deep gratitude, empathy and trust? How is gift culture an essential part of a larger vision of social change and a new story for the planet?  
Categories: Economics

Ridesharing Takes a Hint from Hitchhiking in Rural America

April 15, 2014 - 10:51

“We’re not stuck in a traffic jam. We are the traffic jam.”

Categories: Economics

The State of the European Sharing Movement

April 15, 2014 - 07:46

The sharing movement in Europe is thriving. Due in large part to the endless hustle, focus, and connectedness of the OuiShare community, new networks are forming, growing, and connecting with each other.

Categories: Economics

How Cities Can Be Designed to Help — or Hinder — Sharing

April 14, 2014 - 08:42

Top image: Seattle skyline. Photo credit: Foter / CC BY-SA 2.0. Article is cross-posted from YES! Magazine and excerpted from Sharing Revolution, a publication of On the Commons.

Categories: Economics

Inside Detroit’s Spring Clean Swap, Skillshare and DJ Party

April 14, 2014 - 07:57

What’s more fun than a clothing and goods swap? A clothing and goods swap with a DJ and dancefloor, of course. Recently, a group of sharers in Detroit, a model of resilience, reinvention, do-it-together city-building, and the birthplace of oodles of great music—Motown, techno music and Funkadelic to name a few—organized the Detroit Spring Clean Swap + Skillshare.

Categories: Economics

Pop-up Stores Build Local Economies Through Sharing

April 12, 2014 - 12:19

Recently I walked into a new storefront in San Francisco’s Upper Haight neighborhood called Second Act, a space featuring five culinary vendors, each of which are on three-year leases and conduct their business out of 100-square foot spaces. As I navigated my way through the enticing aromas, I came to a backroom with several tables, each advertising a different locally made product. PopUpsters, a new business connecting artisans with temporary spaces, organized the event.

Categories: Economics

Save Medialab Prado!

April 11, 2014 - 06:33

Top image by Carla Boserman. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

The Tale of Two Sharing Cities, Part One

April 9, 2014 - 13:02

Old Utrecht, bicycles everywhere. Photo: Neal Gorenflo

There’s something telling in the handlebars of old Dutch bicycles. They jut out a bit from the stem, then curve sharply back to meet the hands of a relaxed, upright rider.

When walking in the old district of Utrecht this past February, a gaggle of riders whizzed by me four abreast on this narrow, cobbled lane. They were nearly shoulder-to-shoulder.

Categories: Economics

Comprehensive Disobedience: Occupying the Sharing Economy in Spain

April 9, 2014 - 10:25

Photo credit: Olmo Calvo

Spanish war tax resisters and activists from the 15-M, or indignados, movement (the Spanish version of “Occupy”) have joined forces to organize a sharing economy network and to nourish it with redirected taxes.

Categories: Economics

Shareable's Top 50 Quotes About Sharing, Collaboration & Social Change

April 9, 2014 - 08:45

Social change is hard work. It can also be scary as hell – a leap of faith into the unknown, a risky challenge to the status quo. Sometimes even the most dedicated (me included) are unsure of how to realize our dreams, or are overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Categories: Economics

Coworking is Awesome, Let's Keep It That Way

April 9, 2014 - 08:13

Talking with Tony Bacigalupo about coworking and the future of work turns out to be a very meta experience. With me calling from a bustling coworking space in Santa Cruz, California and Bacigalupo, who’s the co-founder and mayor of the coworking space New Work City, doing the interview from a New York City street, we’re embodying what we’re talking about: that for a growing number of people, work no longer means being tethered to a cube or rigid schedule. Amidst city sirens and coworking chatter, we get down to business.

Categories: Economics

Big Brands on the Rise in the Collaborative Economy

April 9, 2014 - 07:05

The above frequency chart (up until April 2, 2014) shows the instances of corporations who’ve deployed in the Collaborative Economy, based on this growing list. Article cross-posted from Web Strategist.

Categories: Economics

The 10-Step Guide to a Successful Coworking Space

April 8, 2014 - 11:56

With well over 2,000 coworking spaces now operational worldwide and new spaces opening their doors almost every day, it is imperative that owners and community managers set high standards. This is important not only for the fulfillment of the space's mission and the delivery of a positive coworking experience, but also the longevity of the business.   

Categories: Economics

Legalize Sharing in Your City - Create Your Own Petition

April 7, 2014 - 14:30

When Hayley Ortner moved to San Francisco to pursue a career working with tech workers with autism, she turned her car from a liability into an income generator by carsharing it through the app Getaround. She now earns enough money from sharing her car to cover her car payments and insurance, while still being able to use her car for errands and trips out of town.

Categories: Economics

After Mayor Dies, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles with Economic Vision

April 7, 2014 - 08:58

Top image: astudio/Shutterstock. Article cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

On his way into work every morning, Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, used to pass a historical marker: “Jackson City Hall: built 1846-7 by slave labor.”

Categories: Economics

New Book Inspires Us to Think Like A Commoner

April 2, 2014 - 19:15

David Bollier, an award-winning policy strategist and international activist, is out with a new book that explains the rich history and promising future of the commons, “an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world.” Unlike Bollier’s previous five books, Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons explores the commons in layman’s terms, making it the ideal introduction for anyone wishing to learn more about what Bollier calls o

Categories: Economics

Nashville's Fort Houston: Shared Workspace for Artisans

April 2, 2014 - 06:33

Over the past few years, more than 1,000 hackerspaces and probably twice as many coworking spaces have cropped up all over the planet. They offer shared equipment and desks, as well as a sort of power-in-numbers ideology that is appealing to lots of independent workers. But what about the artisans and tradespeople who need a different sort of workshop? 

Categories: Economics

The Heart of Urban Resilience is Trust, Not Technology

April 2, 2014 - 06:32

Top image: Flooded London streets. Photo credit: marcus_jb1973 

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Network Launches Online Hub with Over 30 Cities

April 1, 2014 - 13:25

Photo credit: Santa Rosa Red, White and Boom

We are proud to introduce a new resource to support local sharing initiatives, co-created by leaders from around the world. Welcome to the beta version of the Sharing Cities Network online hub, which you can find now through the new “Community” tab in the main navigation of The site will continue to be developed as we receive feedback and we welcome yours.

Categories: Economics

3 Hilarious April Fools' Vids Spoofing the Sharing Economy

April 1, 2014 - 08:57

Every year on April 1, marketing wizards across the globe unleash a torrent of cleverness in an attempt to make us laugh and, of course, buy their products. This year, with collaborative consumption being such a hot trend, a few companies decided to poke fun at the sharing economy.

Honda got into the game with a spoof video on the first DIY Honda Car. The couple in the piece like to make their own kombucha, so why not their own car...even if it comes in 180,000 individual parts. 

Categories: Economics