User login

Shareable Magazine

Syndicate content
Updated: 2 hours 11 min ago

Highly Recommended: Capra & Mattei’s “The Ecology of Law”

November 9, 2015 - 08:06

Article cross-posted from Photo courtesy of UC Hastings College of the Law.

Categories: Economics

Cowbird Builds a 'Public Library of Human Experience'

November 5, 2015 - 15:04

While the Internet offers an unprecedented opportunity for recording and capturing human knowledge, it's been said that it's no substitute for a library.

Categories: Economics

Collaborative Kickstarter Campaign Raises $102,770 for 7 School Makerspaces

November 4, 2015 - 12:55

In a partnership between Kickstarter and The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, seven Pittsburgh-based schools successfully raised $102,770 to launch maker projects in elementary and intermediate schools across the region. A total of 539 people backed the projects.  

Categories: Economics

Survey Finds that Most On-demand Workers Don't Want to Be Employees

November 4, 2015 - 09:14

There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether the big on-demand companies, such as TaskRabbit, Lyft and Uber, should classify their workers as employees instead of 1099 contractors, providing the benefits and protections that come with employee status. It makes sense. Freelance and on-demand workers are on their own when it comes to health insurance, retirement, disability insurance, expenses, emergency time off, and vacation pay. 

Categories: Economics

U.S. Government Pledges Support for Open Educational Resources

November 4, 2015 - 08:34

Last week, the White House strengthened its support for Open Educational Resources (OER) and committed to expanding access to them through open licenses and technology.

Categories: Economics

The New Era of Economic Abundance

November 4, 2015 - 07:57

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting Shareable’s founder, Neal Gorenflo, at the Collaborative Economy Conference in San Francisco. Thanks to Ranan Lachman, the Founder of the Sharing Economy Forum (which Neal and I are members of), I received a last-minute invitation to share the insights from my new in-depth research report, The New Era of Economic Abundance.

Categories: Economics

How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy

November 3, 2015 - 17:29

The Battle of Yavin where the first Death Star was destroyed. Credit: Fanpop

We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice.

Categories: Economics

Bolivian Urban Farming Coop Empowers Migrant Women

November 3, 2015 - 10:01

Residents of suburban Sucre in the greenhouse, built with support from a government urban agriculture program. (Frank Chávez / IPS)

Categories: Economics

Reversing the Mississippi: A Tale of Two Changemakers

November 3, 2015 - 09:11

Reversing the Mississippi director Ian Midgley and subject Marcin Jakubowski. (Reversing the Mississippi / Facebook)

Categories: Economics

Dutch Nursing Home Offers Rent-free Housing to Students

November 2, 2015 - 07:23

Humanitas student resident Jurriën Mentink with one of his neighbors. Photo: AFP / Nicolas Delaunay. ​

When the Dutch government stopped funding continuing care costs for senior citizens who weren’t in dire need, nonprofit residential care facility Humanitas in Deventer, Netherlands found itself with numerous vacant rooms. At the same time, Dutch students faced higher rent and scarce housing.

Categories: Economics

Meet Your Neighbors, Change the World

November 1, 2015 - 05:18

This Article was written by Marissa Mommaert, Program Director at Transition US

“Houses don’t make neighborhoods – neighbors make neighborhoods,” a friend recently told me.

She’s lived in the same house for three years and trades produce over the fence with one of her neighbors, but doesn’t know many of her other neighbors. But with the arrival of a new baby, my friend yearns for the sort of neighborhood she grew up in—where everyone looks out for each other –and is wondering how to go about building relationships with more of her neighbors.

Categories: Economics

Rockin' 1000 Finally Sees Their Dream Come True

November 1, 2015 - 05:02

What started as a novel idea in May of 2014 to get their favorite band, the Foo Fighters, to play in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region after a seven year absence has become an incredible success story 18 months later.

Categories: Economics

Chinese Carmaker Fights Smog with Electric Vehicle 'Vending Machines'

October 29, 2015 - 11:07

Image source:

Categories: Economics

Despite Slow Adoption, Seoul Doubles Down On Sharing City Project

October 29, 2015 - 07:47

In 2012, the city of Seoul launched Sharing City Seoul to create a local, government-sanctioned sharing culture – establishing the city of 10 million as a frontrunner in the sharing cities movement. City officials committed to cultivating a vibrant local sharing economy, and Seoul was quickly praised as a global sharing leader.

Categories: Economics

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be Good Places for Everyone to Walk

October 28, 2015 - 08:21

Photo credit: DeShaun Craddock / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

People have walked for justice and economic opportunity throughout American history.

Workers wanting a better life for their families walked on picket lines and at protests, rallied by advocates like Cesar Chavez. People demanding civil rights marched in Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C., led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Categories: Economics

Montréal Models City-Suburb Cooperation in Advance of Habitat III

October 27, 2015 - 09:28

Grand Montréal comprises the center city and 27 surrounding municipalities. (Montreal Tours)

Categories: Economics

REI Stuns the Retail World By Closing On Black Friday

October 27, 2015 - 08:20

Outdoor retail cooperative REI just stunned the world by announcing it will close all of its 143 stores for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. On that day, the coop will pay employees to go outside. Part of the company’s #OptOutside campaign, the closure aims to inspire others to move away from the absurd levels of consumerism that have come to define the day.

Categories: Economics

Documentary Illuminates the Power of Gift Culture

October 27, 2015 - 07:05

Robin McKenna, creator of GIFT, the forthcoming documentary about gift culture. (Credit: Filiz Telek)

I recently met Robin McKenna, the director of GIFT, a film about different facets of the gift economy through the lens of Lewis Hyde's book The Gift. I was struck by how dedicated McKenna is to this project and by the interesting gift-based initiatives from all over the world that she features in her film.

Categories: Economics

Students Grow Extinct Squash From 800-year-old Seeds

October 27, 2015 - 06:23

A group of students in Canada just demonstrated the importance of seed saving seed as they grew a squash from 800 year old seeds.

During a dig on First Nations land in Wisconsin, archeologists found a small clay vessel of seeds. Canadian Mennonite University gave the seeds to students in Winnipeg, who planted them and successfully grew the unlikely squash. The students plan to save the seeds of the squash, which was thought to be extinct, and grow more. Their goal is to never let that variety go extinct again.

Categories: Economics