A staggering 40 percent of the food that’s grown and produced in the US gets thrown away. But our food waste problem isn’t limited to one industry. It starts with the farms where food is grown and trickles through every aspect of food production, retail, and consumption, down to the food in our own refrigerators that goes to waste.
Current economic practices have led to widespread deprivation, argues economist Juliet Schor. (Huffington Post)
Article and images cross-posted from Co-operative News.
Over 300 people are producing 340 items for food co-operatives across a 15 hectares site.
Korea’s first eco-friendly organic food cluster, Gurye Natural Dream Park, produces rice, bakery products, dumplings, Korean traditional cookies, rice wine, and processed duck meat.
In the United States, top corporate execs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day.
Casa Jasmina is a combination laboratory and gallery highlighting open source, Internet-of-Things innovations from Torino-area makers. (Casa Jasmina)
Photo credit: Design Thinking & Beyond
Article cross-posted from the Anti-Media blog. Written by Claire Bernish.
Commonomics USA's new board game, American Commons, upends Monopoly's core principles. (Image via Huffington Post)
Collective Self is a free, in-home coworking space in Seattle. Created by Lori Kane in 2012, it was inspired by an experience Kane had in San Francisco. While walking to a coworking space for an interview, she walked down a street that was incredibly diverse, with people from all over the world. Once she was in the coworking space, however, the diversity vanished.
Buffalo CarShare serves the daily needs of residents. Photo: Buffalo CarShare
Buffalo CarShare is a nonprofit carsharing organization serving the transportation needs of low-income communities in Buffalo, New York. The organization recently had to cease operation after their insurance company, Philadelphia Insurance, ended their coverage.
A May 2015 report documents confusion among casual riders about the cost of bikesharing. (SF Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission)
The Mount St. Vincent retirement home in Seattle is home to over 400 residents. It’s also home to a preschool. The results of this innovative project, dubbed the Intergenerational Learning Center, are extraordinary. Elders and young children share time, space, projects, meals and conversations. By doing so, the children learn about the normal aging process, reduce their fear of older adults, and share their love and attention.
Photo credit: Lisbon Council. Used under Creative Commons.
Since the Jasmine revolution of January 14, 2011 that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisian social and political life has changed considerably. After 23 years of the brutal and corrupt regime of General Ben Ali, the people of Tunisia started to experience the basic preconditions of a democratic state for the first time. Among them are freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and political pluralism, including competitive elections.
The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-run bank in the United States. Photo: Hulsing & Associates Architects
StokeShare surfing event participants with the LAPD Cadet program. Photo: Lauren Devon
As you've probably noticed, there are sharing economy apps to help you share just about everything from lightly-worn clothes and parking spaces to surfboards and meals.
Some of these apps take the sharing spirit a step further by supporting nonprofits. Here are three of our favorites:
In Portland, Oregon, there's a tiny house village that combines the best of tiny living and cohousing.
In a perfect demonstration of the collaboration that takes place in the coworking industry, spaces from all around Australia and beyond got together to share thoughts and ideas about their communities and spaces.