Top photo credit: Open Door Development.
Now that coworking is a fairly well understood, some folks are going one step further by establishing collaborative spaces at home with what's called coliving. Like coworking, coliving is more than sharing space. Ideas and intentions, projects and purpose all come together in a true coliving environment.
The Bay Area has a wealth of public services, but it’s not always easy to find them. The Community Resources portal of Oakland Wiki could potentially change that. An open, community-built knowledge commons, the portal's goal is to gather and make it easy to find all community resources available to the public. Among the services listed: children, youth and family resources, educational services, LGBTQ services, food projects, housing resources, health services and more.
Democracy relies on citizens participating in decision making. Yet in the last presidential election, less than 60 percent of Americans voted, and local elections traditionally have “abysmally low” voter turnout.
Downtown Detroit's RiverWalk. (Michigan Municipal League / Flickr)
Over 800 million people around the world suffer from food insecurity, and yet, global food waste continues to be a major issue with one-third of all food produced being thrown away. One reason for this is that we’re too damn picky about our fruits and vegetables. Most of us want these foods to look flawless, so anything that is not perfectly shaped gets thrown away before it even hits the market.
Interested in tiny house living? Before you ditch your possessions and make the move, you can give the lifestyle a spin by renting a tiny house on Airbnb. Here are 25 of our favorites.
When money is hoarded and removed from circulation it prevents people from transacting with one another, not because they don't need one another's services, but because they lack the medium of exchange needed to facilitate the transaction, and this is where alternative currencies, including timebanking, come in.
Volunteering is good. But not everyone can work at a soup kitchen, solicit sidewalk donations, or help build a house. But what if, rather than structuring volunteerism around general services, people could donate their unique skills on their own schedule to raise money for nonprofits?
The sharing economy is changing how and what we consume by providing an expanded access to products, services and skills beyond that of singular ownership. Now more than ever it has become clear that we don’t need to own everything, in fact, we don’t need stuff but rather the utility it provides. This has led to the rise in borrowing, renting, trading, bartering and swapping products and services, connecting our needs with what others already have.
Photo credit: Pueblo Semilla
This article originally appeared at Equals Change. It is republished with permission in honor of Indigenous People's Day, which is tomorrow Saturday, August 9, 2014. Top image: A forest managed by the Mayangna people in Nicaragua. Photo credit: Alam Ramírez Zelaya / Flickr.
Co-authored with Sarah Baird of Center for a New American Dream. Images from Cumberland County Library.
Seed-sharing initiatives — which allow participants to “borrow” seeds from a library at the beginning of the gardening season and “donate” seeds back to the library after harvest — are cropping up all across the country. They have become a proven way to help build community, support local agriculture, and kickstart the sharing movement.
As controversy around Lyft and Uber continues unabated, a new and interesting wrinkle emerges. This week, both companies announced products that enable people who are headed in the same direction to actually share a ride.
With a median household income of just over $37,000, Mississippi is the poorest state in the United States. A powerhouse organization promoting economic justice, Cooperation Jackson was born of a need to transform the state, in particular its capital and largest city, Jackson.
Growing the Adjacent Possible
This Saturday marks the 9th year of International Coworking Day; an annual worldwide celebration of the first day ‘coworking’ was birthed and shared by Brad Neuberg in San Francisco, CA. Globally an estimated 500 coworking spaces will commemorate Neuberg’s vision as part of this event.