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.
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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.
When Robert Litt, a teacher at Ascend, a K-8 school in Oakland, California, was told that there wasn’t money for a computer lab, he got creative and built one anyway; at zero cost to the school. As he explains in a 2012 Maker Faire presentation, he needed computers to built a lab and individuals, businesses and government are regularly discarding outdated computers. By connecting these dots, he created a thriving lab that teaches technology, and literacy through technology.
Top image: A rendering of the Downtown Project's Container Park, now in operation. Is this serious or adolescent urbanism?
Credit: Lightcoin on Ethereum.org.
Just before last New Year’s, 19-year-old Vitalik Buterin, a Canadian college dropout and Bitcoin enthusiast, had an idea. By the end of last week, that idea had attracted more than $5 million in the first week of its pre-sale — a new kind of crowdfunding that crypto-currency makes possible. Not bad, especially considering that nobody knows whether the idea will really work.
One of the beautiful things about the sharing movement is that it is both hyper-local and global, spanning across cultures and geography. It also spans the age spectrum—something that has been made very clear this #SharingSpring at various ShareFests. Participants in the fests range from community elders who share a lifetime of experience and knowledge, down to toddlers swapping toys for the first time.
Food is one of our most basic needs. And yet, for over 800 million people, food insecurity remains a daily issue. While top-down programs that address hunger certainly exist, more efficient, immediate solutions are sometimes found on the community level, where neighbors directly help neighbors.
We’ve rounded up 23 food projects that are transforming communities by feeding the hungry, educating people about healthy eating and food justice issues, and providing opportunities for people to grow their own food.
The Seven Layers of a Food Forest. Diagram by Graham Burnett via Wikipedia.
Top image excerpted from Libby Nelson’s Everything You Need To Know About Student Debt.
Over the past two decades, the amount of money a college student must borrow to pay for their education has doubled. The graduates of 2014 now sit at the top of the class in student debt. Tuition fees have risen dramatically as household incomes have stagnated, at best, causing some 70 percent of students to fund their higher educations through loans.
Benham, Kentucky, in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built."
This past Monday Seoul City said it planned to ban Uber, the smartphone car-hailing service, and launch its own app for official taxis. Some reacted by calling Seoul’s sharing cred into question because, after all, Seoul is the self-proclaimed Sharing City with arguably the most ambitious sharing economy agenda of any city in the world. S
There's a new worktrade kid on the Internet block called Gigoing. Currently in beta, the platform brings together two groups -- the givers of work (known as Gigoingers) and the receivers of that work (Gigplaces). Gigoing employs the same successful formula that WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Workaway, Help Exchange, and other work-trade platforms use.
“We need as many community healing celebrations as possible. When you are dealing with generational pain, we are not at a place where it can be too much. All the healers need to stand up.” -Elisha Hall