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6 Essentials for the Sharing Economy - in Cartoon Form

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Whether you're feeling jazzed about the sharing economy or not, Janelle Orsi's new video is a must watch.  Through adorable MS-paint-like doodles, Orsi shares her take on the sharing economy - her appreciation of it, as well as her criticisms - and outlines a plan for where to go from here. This plan includes six steps that companies can take to build sharing into their business plans - in other words, six essentials for any sharing economy business.

Categories: Economics

ShareHub: at the Heart of Seoul's Sharing Movement

October 29, 2014 - 07:36

In 2012, Seoul publicly announced its commitment to becoming a sharing city. It has since emerged as a leader of the global sharing movement and serves as a model for cities around the world. Supported by the municipal government and embedded in numerous parts of everyday life in Seoul, the Sharing City project has proven to be an inspiration to city leaders, entrepreneurs, and sharing enthusiasts around the world.

Categories: Economics

Report: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless

October 28, 2014 - 09:18

Photo credit: Ed Yourdon. Article cross-posted from Common Dreams. Authored by Nadia Prupis.

As the number of U.S. cities criminalizing sharing food with the homeless continues to rise as a result of burdensome requirements on food pantries and individuals, rights groups are condemning the cities for their focus on punishment over solutions.

Categories: Economics

300,000 People Weigh In On the Future of the Internet

October 28, 2014 - 07:41

The Internet is an incredible tool that enables people around the world to connect, share and co-create. But the ever-looming threat of big business and government putting restrictions on our freedom to share online is very real and could impede the things we value most about the Internet.

Categories: Economics

Living the New Economy Convergence Draws Passionate Crowd

October 27, 2014 - 21:29

For four days this past week, hundreds of activists, speakers, panelists, thinkers, visionaries, and caring citizens came together in Oakland, California for the first annual Bay Area Living the New Economy Convergence. Over breakfasts, lunches, presentations and round tables, they discussed ideas and tools for shifting away from the current profit-driven system and into a new economic paradigm, one that puts people and ecology at the heart of business models.

Categories: Economics

Living on the Edge @unMonastery

October 27, 2014 - 10:11

Arriving at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy after so many months revived me. I felt as a saint being greeted so effusively as I made the rounds of the building where the unMonasterians once resided and would once again for the duration of the social innovation conference, Living on the Edge 4 (#LOTE4), the theme of which would

Categories: Economics

Can New Work Really Work?

October 27, 2014 - 08:19

On a recent Monday morning at 9 a.m., when most of America was heading to the office, a bookish, unassuming, middle-aged man named Blair Evans gave a talk about the work he’s been doing in Detroit. Work that, if manifested in the way he and his team are planning, has the ability to profoundly change Detroit, and the world.

Categories: Economics

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

October 27, 2014 - 07:56

Photo credit: Cia de Foto. Cross-posted from On the Commons, authored by Kaitlin Butler and Carolyn Raffensperger.

Categories: Economics

How Municipalities Can (and Should) Support the Solidarity Economy

October 27, 2014 - 07:35

The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a multi-faceted alternative to traditional capitalism made up of coops, sustainability initiatives, gift economics, community organizations, fair trade projects and more. Around the world, there is a strong and growing solidarity movement, but in order for SSE initiatives to thrive, they need support.

Categories: Economics

You Won't Believe What They're Sharing on These 9 DIY Marketplaces

October 22, 2014 - 08:06

As the sharing economy grows, people have gotten creative about what can be shared peer-to-peer (P2P). It's gone well beyond sharing homes and cars. We can now rent, share, borrow or swap electronics, outdoor gear, land, tools, clothing, appliances, and more.

Categories: Economics

32 US Cities Commit to Community-owned Broadband Internet Access

October 21, 2014 - 11:04

This past Monday, a coalition of representatives from 32 cities across the U.S. joined together to address the pressing need for fast, reliable and affordable high-speed Internet. Organized by Next Century Cities, the bipartisan initiative is designed to help cities create their own community broadband networks because big telecom companies don’t provide broadband to all areas of the country.

Categories: Economics

5 Proven Strategies to Support Art in Your City

October 21, 2014 - 09:15

Last week, Springboard for the Arts launched their new Creative Exchange initiative as a way to help cities leverage arts programs to further civic and economic development. The program offers 10 toolkits with step-by-step guides culled from successfully executed projects.

Categories: Economics

Want to Solve Climate Change? Tackle Inequality

October 20, 2014 - 13:42

Figure 1: The Doughnut: humanity’s sweet spot. Article cross posted from Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics blog.

Categories: Economics

Firechat Enables Activist Mesh Network in Hong Kong

October 20, 2014 - 08:21

The Umbrella Revolution that is still going on in Hong Kong has gained widespread attention for its use of social media to organize the protests, the clearest example being the chatroom app Firechat. Firechat allows users to turn their smartphone into a node that transmits data, either by WiFi or Bluetooth, to other phones within a short range.

Categories: Economics

Is Peer-to-Peer Energy the Next Big Sharing Thing?

October 20, 2014 - 07:47

Selling excess solar or wind energy back to the power company is not a new idea. But what if, instead of selling renewable energy back to companies who then sell it to our neighbors, we could sell the energy directly to our neighbors?

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Sharing Cities Fellow and TEDx Speaker M. Andre Primus

October 16, 2014 - 07:59

Recently, M. Andre Primus gave a TEDx talk where he described the sharing economy as what happens when you love your neighbor as yourself. A Sharing Cities Fellow, Primus founded RocShare, in Rochester, New York, to grow the local sharing economy. His goal is to make Rochester a sharing town by connecting people, community organizations and sharing businesses.

Categories: Economics Using Cryptocurrency to Bring Economic Justice to the World

October 16, 2014 - 06:49

Imagine an online cooperative that supports economic equality around the world and is free from state control. This is the vision for First envisioned by Enric Duran, cofounder of the Catalan Integral Cooperative, is an extension of peer-to-peer values, open cooperation, and hacker ethics. If's lofty ideals are realized in a concrete way, it could prove revolutionary.

Categories: Economics

Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet

October 14, 2014 - 08:35

Photo credit: Foter / Public domain. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

We’re Jammin’ Round the World: #MapJam Reaches 50 Cities

October 14, 2014 - 05:20

"If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places--and there are so many--where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.

Categories: Economics