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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. (DSNI via Facebook)
by Tolani Moibi, Community Manager at Compare and Share
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.
Volunteers working on Earthbench. Photo credit: POEM.
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.
New Cotivation group at Halton Hive in Burlington, Ontario
“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.
Image credit: M4D Group (CC-BY)
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.
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.
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.
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.