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4 Ways to Bring Self-Care Into Your Work

February 2, 2017 - 15:16

More than ever, it's important to integrate self-care in your work schedule and space. Imagine how much more effective you and your community organization could be if you took care of yourself as you take care of those your group serves. Incorporating self-care reinforces the good habits that help fortify you against stress. Here are four easy things you can do that could help bring about greater change in how you work.

1. Unplug

Categories: Economics

Consumer Cooperatives in Japan Enter the Digital Age

February 2, 2017 - 12:27

Japan's Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU), commonly referred to as Co-op in Japan, is the world's largest consumer cooperative. It provides a diverse range of goods and services, and its resilience in the face of economic challenges and social change is a model for how cooperatives can transition to the digital era.

Categories: Economics

How to Make a Systems Graphic to Understand Shared Enterprises

February 1, 2017 - 12:46

Wherever we are, we need to deal with complex systems, from small family units to whole environmental ecosystems. With zillions of entities interacting, it's almost impossible to keep track of how our actions may affect the world. When we are faced with such situations and need to understand complex systems or find solutions to complicated problems, it can be helpful to visualize our understanding of these interactions.

Categories: Economics

Lebanon's First Bike-Sharing Service Pops Up in Beirut

February 1, 2017 - 10:57

Due to a lack of robust public transportation infrastructure, residents of Lebanon's capital city Beirut and the local government have launched a bike-sharing service to offer an alternative, sustainable transportation service. The pilot program is a collaborative effort by Jawad Sbeity, Wissam Shdeed, Gaby Tamer, and Issam Kaskas. It is supported by the Beirut Municipality Cabinet, which is headed by Jamal Itani. Sbeity founded the Beirut by Bike initiative for bike rentals in 1997, and together with his team, has implemented Bike 4 All, the first bike-sharing initiative in Lebanon.

Categories: Economics

The Present and Future of On-Demand Work

January 31, 2017 - 15:49

I recently attended an eye-opening event hosted by the California Association of Micro Enterprise Opportunity in San Francisco. The event shed light on the proliferation of self-employed workers in the U.S. and explored ways to support a new breed of workers, including those finding gigs through on-demand marketplaces like Upwork, Thumbtack, and Lyft.

Categories: Economics

This Co-op Gives Formerly Incarcerated People Jobs and Community

January 31, 2017 - 10:04
After 14 years of incarceration, seven of it in solitary confinement, Juan Reid found himself living in a van, unable to get a steady job, struggling with bills, addiction, and the residue of childhood trauma. As Reid puts it, he was "going down the wrong path."   "I was knocking on the door of the penitentiary again," Reid says. "I got rent free, three meals a day brought to my cell like room service. That lifestyle began to feel easier to me."  
Categories: Economics

What a Life of Sharing in Tokyo Looks Like

January 30, 2017 - 09:51

While Japan is quite late in joining the sharing movement, it started to pick up pace last year, and it's expected to grow in the coming years. I, "the sharing girl," live in a shared housing in Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood. I work as a sharing economy lifestyle blogger and serve as secretariat of the Japan Sharing Economy Association. I'd like to offer a glimpse of what the sharing life in Tokyo looks like, focusing on housing and food.    

Categories: Economics

Book Review: 'Ours to Hack and to Own'

January 30, 2017 - 08:50

If you've ever wondered about how a new, collaborative, sustainable, democratic economy might work, the new book, "Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet," is for you.

Categories: Economics

3 Key Rights Underlying the Solidarity Economy in Brazil

January 27, 2017 - 21:02

Solidarity economy enterprises move beyond the "any job is a good job" logic sometimes found in efforts to address labor market exclusion. Instead, these more holistically supportive workspaces can help solidarity economy entrepreneurs move beyond "consumer citizenship" into a deeper participatory citizenship, becoming protagonists.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Can a Bank be an Agent of Radical Social and Environmental Change?

January 27, 2017 - 16:54

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges. The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Ryan Honeyman, a partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kat Taylor, co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank.

Categories: Economics

3 Collaborative Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture

January 26, 2017 - 15:16

"We are rapidly approaching a food crisis," writes Becker Smith, author of the new e-book "Canned Salmon." "Too much of our corn is raised for fuel and not food. Too much of it is raised to feed cattle and is virtually inedible to humans."

"Canned Salmon" came about when Smith decided to compile a book-length compendium of his many fascinating conversations with educator, philosopher, and visionary thinker Will Watman. Here's a shortened excerpt from the e-book, which you can download here.

Categories: Economics

City of Boulder Legalizes Cooperative Housing

January 25, 2017 - 11:39
For the last year, some residents of Boulder, Colorado, have been locked in a heated debate about whether the city should allow housing cooperatives. Advocates argue that cooperative housing counters gentrification, adding that electric, gas, and water consumption of co-op house residents is significantly less than the average resident. They also say that cooperative housing is a good way to create more affordable housing. Opponents contend that high-density housing co-ops — and the young people they tend to attract — will disrupt quiet, single-family neighborhoods.  
Categories: Economics

How Sharing Can Help Change Consumption Culture

January 25, 2017 - 10:20

Tucked into the corner of the laundry room in my apartment building in New York City, New York, is a little free library created from a bookcase that was salvaged from a neighbor's trash. Nearby sits a repurposed plastic hamper marked "Free Stuff." For fifteen years the library has been providing residents with free reading material while the Free Stuff box has been serving as a convenient way to pass along gently-worn household goods for others to use.

Categories: Economics

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

January 24, 2017 - 11:00
Community groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit. The guide is brimming with tips on how to organize, launch, and promote community-based projects. It's a must read if you're interested in starting a community garden, tool library, or other sharing projects in your neighborhood. Here are some key points mentioned in the guide:  
Categories: Economics

A Short History of the Word 'Sharing'

January 24, 2017 - 09:43

Shareable is dedicated to sharing, and if you are reading this, it is most likely because sharing interests you. But what do we know about the English word — "sharing?" Today the word is accompanied by a series of positive associations, but they have not always been there. As part of the background for my new book, "The Age of Sharing," I looked into the evolution of the word. The following is a very brief history of the word sharing.

Categories: Economics

How to Create an Outdoor Living Room in Your Neighborhood

January 23, 2017 - 11:12
Lifelong friendships often start with a simple conversation with a stranger. BenchesCollective, a grassroots community organization, wants to spark those conversations by inspiring and teaching people how to create outdoor living rooms. The initiative, which originated in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has more than 1,000 registered benches throughout the Netherlands and several other countries, including Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and the U.S.
Categories: Economics

How 'Open Source' Seed Producers from the US to India are Changing Global Food Production

January 23, 2017 - 06:45

Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that NASA astronauts grew and ate in space. For nearly 20 years, Morton's work was limited only by his imagination and by how many different kinds of lettuce he could get his hands on. But in the early 2000s, he started noticing more and more lettuces were patented, meaning he would not be able to use them for breeding.

Categories: Economics

10 Ways Vancouver Created a Greener, More Efficient Transportation System

January 18, 2017 - 18:02
In 2012, the city of Vancouver in Canada's British Columbia province set a lofty transportation goal — for people to make more than 50 percent of their trips in the city by foot, bicycle, and public transit by 2020. In 2015, the city had already met its target.    As the short video by Streetfilms below shows, the city accomplished this through a multi-modal approach by making sustainable transportation safer, more convenient, and more accessible. These are some notable points mentioned in the video:  
Categories: Economics

Barcelona Crowdsourced its Sharing Economy Policies. Can Other Cities Do the Same?

January 18, 2017 - 15:09

When the City Council of Barcelona asked democracy activist and researcher Mayo Fuster Morell for policy recommendations regarding the sharing economy, she suggested that the councillors take a different approach: Rather than relying on an expert to dictate policy from the top down, why not use a collaborative process to build a sustainable set of institutions and practices that would draw strength from the grassroots?

Categories: Economics

EU Committee Releases Report on Regulating the Collaborative Economy

January 17, 2017 - 16:28

Last year, LabGov, a think tank and action platform focused on the urban commons that's based in Rome, Italy, asked us to provide feedback on the draft of an opinion report on how to regulate the collaborative economy. The effort was spearheaded by Benedetta Brighenti — vice mayor of Castelnuovo Rangone — for the European Committee of the Regions.

Categories: Economics