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How Open Principles Can Help Us Build Sharing Cities

August 25, 2016 - 18:46

Open Source, Open Society was a two-day conference that took place at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand betwen 22-23 August 2016. Run for the second year in a row by the impressive folks from Enspiral, the thought-provoking program included a range of keynotes, workshops and panels all demonstrating how open is better for business, technology and democracy.

Categories: Economics

5 Nonprofits Using Text Messaging to Mobilize Idle Assets for Good

August 25, 2016 - 08:22

Sharing economy apps help make idle assets like cars and homes available to those who need them. Long before such apps existed, nonprofits put idle resources of all kinds to work helping others in what one could call the original sharing economy.

Categories: Economics

New Anthology Probes Theory and Practice of Urban Commoning

August 24, 2016 - 13:00

The City as Commons is an important new resource for urban commons activists. (Graphic by Scott Boylston)

Categories: Economics

Homeownership is Dead. Long Live the Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

August 24, 2016 - 08:09

by Sustainable Economies Law Center Executive Director, Janelle Orsi. Cross-posted from

Imagine that a group of people works hard to fill their neighborhood with urban farms, bike lanes, parks, murals, community services, and education programs. Next, imagine that those same people are forced to move away. Ouch, that bites.

Categories: Economics

ZeroLandfill Project Upcycles Free Materials for Artists and Educators

August 23, 2016 - 07:21

The 2015 Harvest. Photo courtesy of ZeroLandfill Project.

Categories: Economics

Tired of Waiting for Corporate High-Speed Internet, Minnesota Farm Towns Build Their Own

August 22, 2016 - 07:03

Photo credit: transCam via / CC BY-NC-ND. Article and infographic cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

Seven years ago, Winthrop, Minnesota, population 1,400, decided it needed an Internet upgrade.

Categories: Economics

A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op?

August 16, 2016 - 16:52

by Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson and Neal Gorenflo

The sharing economy held great promise when it first emerged. It was seen as a way to help people build community, reduce unnecessary consumption, and generate extra income. It was based on the brilliantly simple notion that when we share, everybody has more.

Categories: Economics

Can Self-Driving Cars Save Our Cities?

August 16, 2016 - 07:24

Can autonomous cars give us a do-over with our cities, fossil fuel dependence, affordable housing, and also workers? Robin Chase, author of Peers, Inc and co-founder of Zipcar says yes. Or at least they have the potential to.

Categories: Economics

How to Start a Library of Things

August 15, 2016 - 07:49

DeDeelkelder Library of Things in Utrect, Netherlands. Credit: Sanne van Vliet

Categories: Economics

The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy

August 11, 2016 - 08:27

Translation by Nicole Stojanovska.

Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy’s modern definition of “collective intelligence,” La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles of the sharing movement. Its success hinges on cooperative work, co-design, shared skills, and an open source culture. The school's 13 co-founders believe in the power of people's collaborative qualities. Their unusual constitution is testimony to this.

Categories: Economics

State Power and Commoning: Transcending a Problematic Relationship

August 11, 2016 - 07:49

Article and images cross-posted from Commons Strategies Group. All images by Stacco Troncoso. This executive summary comes from the "State Power and Commoning: Transcending a Problematic Relationship” report.

Categories: Economics

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens in Seattle

August 10, 2016 - 07:44

On a recent Monday evening in Seattle’s Central District, a handful of people gathered to work on a community farm. They pulled weeds, talked about the best ways to string up tomatoes, checked the progress of the greens and beans, harvested radishes and planted wildflowers. Someone brought over a bucket of apples, freshly picked from a nearby tree. A neighbor girl rode her bike around the farm, asking questions about what was growing and what else the farmers would plant. A toddler toddled around the raised garden beds, and families out for an evening walk waved hello.

Categories: Economics

A Guide to Participatory Budgeting in Schools

August 9, 2016 - 07:31


Categories: Economics

Commons Space to Take the Stage at the World Social Forum in Montreal

August 8, 2016 - 21:33

We increasingly hear social movements call to reclaim and protect commons. Traditionally commons are associated with the shared stewardship for the environment in which both people and animals depend, such as land, forests, seeds, water, and fisheries. In the face of privatization driven by neoliberal policies, struggles continue worldwide for the recognition and protection of these many commons. Perhaps none more so than for the water we drink and the air we breath.

Categories: Economics

Bigger than Starbucks? Forecasting the Future of Coworking

August 8, 2016 - 07:53

Coworking started as a small, fringe movement of people who wanted to work independently, but within a community. A decade later, that movement has become a rapidly-growing global industry that’s entering the mainstream.

Categories: Economics

Legalizing the Tiny House

August 3, 2016 - 09:30

Photo credit: RowdyKittens via / CC BY. Article by Alyse Nelson, cross-posted from the Sightline Institute.

Categories: Economics

Shareable's Top 17 Decluttering Tips

August 3, 2016 - 07:42

Statistics about clutter are sobering. There are 300,000 items in the average American home; 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage; 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them; and the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily.

Decluttering can lead to less stress and more focus on what really matters. It can also help connect you with others if you share, exchange or gift your extra stuff.

Categories: Economics

10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy

August 1, 2016 - 07:00

Photo credit: spDuchamp via / CC BY.

Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?

Categories: Economics

7 Fabulous and Inspiring Mobile Libraries

July 26, 2016 - 07:07

Contradicting the notion that books are only found in bookstores and brick and mortar libraries, people are creating all kinds of clever ways to share books on the go. From book bicycles and camels to DIY bookmobiles, mobile libraries are a great way to connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.

Here are 7 of our favorite mobile libraries. Some of them were temporary projects and some are still going strong. They all captured our attention and inspire us to read more and share more.

Categories: Economics

The Apios Institute: A Polyculture Wiki in the Works

July 25, 2016 - 12:26

What happens when you bring farmers, gardeners, and researchers together with a singular purpose? A wiki of perennial polycultures shepherded by the Apios Institute that aims to support folks around the world who wish to grow their climate's version of an "integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens)."

Categories: Economics