In 2012, Shareable reported on what was then a budding free coworking movement. Since then, free coworking has become a thriving, global movement that’s growing in epic leaps. In 2013, following the inception of the Free Coworking Map, the number of spaces grew a whopping 790 percent.
In keeping with tradition, the Quiet Revolution will not be televised, but it is happening, nevertheless, in community gardens, coworking spaces, lending libraries, credit unions, and worker co-ops around the world. The Quiet Revolution is the collective action each of us is taking on a daily basis as we shift the focus of our lives from consumption to connection, and from commercialism to community, from dependence on big corporations to freedom through peer cooperation.
As new economic models continue to rise from the ashes of the recession, some are finding safety -- and strength -- in numbers by joining forces. That's how CERO (Cooperative Energy Recycling and Organics) came to be a worker-owned cooperative from the sharing economy that doubles as an early adopter of the solidarity economy and a zero waste innovator in the green economy.
Crowdfunded design projects, artistic endeavors and sustainability initiatives have become quite common. But what about crowdfunding a restaurant, or tech startup, or bookstore? What if the power of the crowd could be applied to entrepreneurial projects? And, what if all the investments were sourced locally?
Vermonters for a New Economy, an advocacy organization dedicated to reshaping Vermont’s economy towards more local, cooperative commerce, shopped the idea of establishing a state-owned public bank to Vermont’s famous town meetings earlier this week.
According to the organization’s website, the campaign succeeded in securing resolutions in twenty towns calling on the state legislature to establish a public bank. Among the towns was Montpelier, the state capital.
Photo by Digital Internet under a Creative Commons license.
Zapatista organizing slogan, image by Kevin Caplicki
This article was originally published in STIR Magazine
Top image: The Module House by Tatiana Bilbao Architects.
Ever wanted an über-groovy and sustainable home designed by a world-class architect but didn't think you could afford it? Well, Paperhouses has you covered. An open source platform that offers free downloadable blueprints, Paperhouses brings together a collective of top-tier architects from around the world who are giving away the designs to some of their most stunning projects.
In the face of “federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil,” cities and metropolitan areas across the country are tackling the pressing problems that Washington won’t, says Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program. Her new book The Metropolitan Revolution (with Brookings colleague Bruce Katz) is about cities that are instigating change from the ground up in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and citizens.
Impromptu Embassy House discussion while making pizza "what makes a good salon?"
Top image photo credit: Get Biked, Bekka Palmer.
If you live in New York City and are in the market for a bike, mosey your mouse over to Get Biked and take a gander at the selection. Recently launched by graphic designer Dave Dawson, the site -- and its corresponding email list -- is a new way to shop for a cycle in the city.
Image credit: Elien van Riet.
When I quit my job as a corporate strategist in 2004 to pursue a new life based on sharing and collaboration, it was not the result of any external observation. It was something I felt in my bones — long hours, strained relationships, loss of a sense of place, and cutthroat competition were not making me happy, and I suspected neither were they contributing to a healthier world.
Gift circle, photo credit: Jill Ettinger
Community: the Missing Ingredient to Happiness
My Couchsurfing friends in Toledo, Ohio
As a child, my favorite TV station was the Travel Channel. While my friends were watching cartoons, I was watching Lonely Planet. I longed to explore the world. I longed for adventure. Every year, my family drove our Dodge Caravan from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Virginia Beach to visit my cousins for our one week of vacation. I loved visiting my big, Italian family, of course (still do), but I also wanted more!
Photo of a clothes swapping party, photo credit: SharonaGott @ flickr
All sorts of common good comes out of universities including knowledge, activism, culture, and art. They can also generate a lot of waste. As previously noted, the Post-Landfill Action Network is doing something about one part of that equation by collecting books, furniture, and supplies from outgoing students at the end of Spring and reselling them to incoming kids in the Fall.
I had always envisioned myself going to college. I led a very typical and mediocre life when I was nearing adulthood. I had no thoughts of what life could present for me besides a casual interest in earning a degree. Learning had always been my objective, but even at a young age, I knew that I would be forced me into taking student loans, with tuition at local state and city colleges consistently increasing. And then I would be forced into working my way out of debt. I wanted freedom, and buying a ticket into the standard education system did not seem like a right path.
Article cross-posted from Freelancers Union.
If you want to illustrate blog posts, or include images in your emails or newsletters, or post it on social media, you need images.
Photographs and graphics have the power to communicate ideas and draw in your reader, add professionalism to your projects, and when used correctly, even increase search traffic to your blog or website.
But the best images aren’t (usually) free.