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6 Lessons for the U.S. from Spain's Democratic Revolution

June 15, 2015 - 07:24

Article and images cross-posted from CommonsTransition.org. Written by Erica Sagrans.

When tens of thousands of people occupied city squares across Spain in the spring of 2011 as part of the 15M movement, their demand was simple: ¡Democracy Real Ya!—“a real democracy,” instead of the corrupt, top-down system that had failed to address the country’s skyrocketing foreclosures and unemployment.

Categories: Economics

Seed Sharing Movement Wins Big with New Legislation

June 15, 2015 - 07:19

Since the crackdown on seed libraries by some U.S. states last year, organizers (including Shareable) around the country have been working to protect seed sharing.

Categories: Economics

A Library of Things Puts Frome On the Map as a Sharing Town

June 10, 2015 - 10:03

Imagine going to a shop, borrowing anything you like, and returning it when you're finished. This is the idea behind SHARE: a Library of Things. Opened in late-April in Frome, a town in southwest England, the aim of SHARE is to enable people to spend less, waste less, and connect more. The first of its kind in the U.K., SHARE has already sparked interest from other communities.

Categories: Economics

Bologna Celebrates One Year of a Bold Experiment in Urban Commoning

June 8, 2015 - 15:38

Bologna's Mayor Merola about to give civic collaborators keys to the city at the recent Civic Collaboration Fest

It all began with park benches.

Categories: Economics

Innovative Plan Offers Group Health Insurance to Coworking Members

June 8, 2015 - 07:15

Health insurance for freelancers can be expensive. When employed by a company, health insurance is generally covered, but strike out on your own and you find yourself paying several hundred dollars or more per month for minimal coverage. As freelancers are expected to make up fifty percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, one can’t help but think there has to be a better way—and there is.

Categories: Economics

Michel Bauwens: The Transition Will Not Be Smooth Sailing

June 8, 2015 - 07:06

Editor's note: the below is an English translation of the original interview in French conducted by Arthur de Grave. Cross-posted from OuiShare. Translation by Clement Defontaine.

Categories: Economics

A Commons Cure for Emotional Distress

June 5, 2015 - 14:43

Image created for the Healing Together Network Meeting 2013, Allied Media Conference: words by Fabian Romero and art by TextaQueen.

Categories: Economics

Little Free Libraries Make Big Changes in Communities

June 3, 2015 - 07:45

Margret Aldrich and her husband weren’t in the habit of spending much time with their neighbors. They would get home from work, pull into their Minneapolis garage, and head in the back door of their house without much interaction. That all changed with they built a Little Free Library. Within minutes of putting it up, people were coming over to visit.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

June 2, 2015 - 13:05

Have you started a summer reading list? For those of us interested in the sharing economy, there is no shortage of great reads. Whether your interests lie in collaboration, sustainable cities, community-building, simplicity, or work in the new economy, there is something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the top 21 books for summer to inspire, empower, and inform.

Categories: Economics

Meet the World's First $9 Open Source Computer

June 2, 2015 - 07:30

If anyone was wondering whether the world is ready for a $9, open source computer that you can hold in the palm of your hand, the answer is a resounding yes.

Categories: Economics

Near Me’s Top 10 Podcasts About the Collaborative Economy

June 1, 2015 - 12:45

Photo: Ernest Duffoo (CC-BY-20). 

Categories: Economics

How to Set Up a Neighborhood Exchange Box in 4 Easy Steps

June 1, 2015 - 12:09

Dan Acher and his collaborators at Happy City Lab created this handy guide to setting up your own Neighborhood Exchange Box (for exchanging used goods with neighbors) which you can do in four easy steps:

1. Locate it

Categories: Economics

How a Denver Toy Library Has Helped Kids Share for 35 Years

June 1, 2015 - 10:40

Tucked away in the basement of Denver’s Smiley Library Branch is the Northwest Denver Toy Library. Founded in 1980, the toy library has been serving the community entirely through donations and volunteers. Last week, I sat down with Margie Herlth, who leads the operation and has been volunteering since 1996, to learn how the toy library works.

Categories: Economics

Melody Joy Kramer: What if Public Media Were Open Source?

June 1, 2015 - 09:36

If you care about the future of public media and don't follow the work of Melody Joy Kramer, you might consider checking her out here and here.

Categories: Economics

5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Global Sharing Week, June 7-13

June 1, 2015 - 09:35

Top Image: Disco Soupe in Paris.

100 million people... five continents… 300+ partners… Last year’s Global Sharing Day saw millions around the world celebrating and discovering the Sharing Economy! It was such a success that this year it’s become… Global Sharing WEEK! And, with just one week to go, we’ve put together a list of the five most awesome ways to be part of it.

Here are our top picks:

Categories: Economics

OuiShare Fest Finds Itself While Lost in Transition

May 28, 2015 - 22:34

The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.

Categories: Economics

OuiShare Fest Finds Itself in While Lost in Transition

May 28, 2015 - 10:55

The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world it found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.

Categories: Economics

Fund Your Community Project with the Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge

May 28, 2015 - 08:18

Do you have an idea for improving your neighborhood and but need the money to fund it? The Center for a New American Dream may be able to help. Through the end of May, they’re accepting applications for their Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge.

Categories: Economics

Commons-based Coalition Wins Big in Barcelona Election

May 27, 2015 - 08:53

Anti-eviction activist and Barcelona en Comú candidate Ada Colau will be the next mayor of Barcelona. (VozPopuli)

Categories: Economics

The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

May 26, 2015 - 07:20

Photo: Gene Stull

The following is a conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.

Why are most meetings, conferences and other deliberative processes so bad?

Categories: Economics