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The Big Potential of Little Free Libraries

November 15, 2016 - 07:12

A free community book exchange launches the Little Free Library movement—with 40,000 locations in 70 countries worldwide. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Categories: Economics

Rachel Botsman on How We've Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers

November 15, 2016 - 06:45

Co-authored with Neal Gorenflo.

Trust between people is a fundamental aspect of healthy society. But as Rachel Botsman, sharing economy thought-leader and author of What’s Mine is Yours, points out in a TED talk recorded in June, a profound shift in how we trust is occurring. As Botsman puts it:

Categories: Economics

Habibi.Works: An Intercultural Makerspace

November 14, 2016 - 08:41

Article and images cross-posted from the P2P Foundation.

Initiated by the German NGO Soup&Socks, Habibi.Works is a FabLab equipped with all the tools for people to unfold their potential and hone their abilities. It is a place to illustrate talent, gain new skills and build.

Categories: Economics

Coworking, Cooperating, and Coming Together: The “New Better Off” Life Looks Pretty Darn Good

November 14, 2016 - 08:40

Article by Andrea Newell, cross-posted from the Story of Stuff

The American Dream of our parents’ generation left us broke, unhappy, and bereft of planetary resources. What’s so inspiring is that the new “better off” is cheaper, lighter on the planet, and a whole lot more fun.

Categories: Economics

The Future Is in Our Hands

November 10, 2016 - 14:36

Undoubtedly many of our readers from around the world are reeling from the results of the U.S. presidential election. It has been the most divisive one in memory. The winning candidate used sexist, racist, and xenophobic language to rally supporters, stoke hate, and get media coverage. This is something we cannot support. It divides people, erodes our civic capacity, and makes working together for the common good more difficult. It’s also just plain wrong.

Categories: Economics

When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative

November 7, 2016 - 07:36

Article and images cross-posted from YES! Magazine. Article and images by Martin do Nascimento.

Categories: Economics

Etsy Backs Gig Economy Workers with a Call for Flexible Benefits

November 2, 2016 - 05:28

Etsy is one of the original players in the gig economy. Way back in 2005, the online marketplace for handmade goods gave people a way to sell their creations. While Etsy sellers differ from typical gig economy workers, such as ridesharing drivers and Taskrabbits, they are nonetheless gig workers who earn money when they sell goods.

Categories: Economics

Prototyping Elements of Positive Platforms: the Positive Platforms Jam

November 2, 2016 - 04:03

The way we work is changing forever. A host of technologies — from automation to digital platforms for coordination of tasks — are reinventing not just what people do to earn a living but at a much deeper level how we organize to create value. The landscape of labor economics is in upheaval. In the process, new platforms, algorithms, and attitudes are undermining many established institutions, regulatory regimes, and work practices, challenging some of the basic tenets of the social safety net established in the 20th century.

Categories: Economics

Sign the Petition to Make Twitter a User-Owned Co-op

November 1, 2016 - 14:03

Show your support for a user-owned Twitter. Sign the petition.

For tens of millions of Internet users, it would be hard to imagine life without Twitter. It has been a critical platform to share news, spark important conversations, and catalyze social movements from the Arab Spring to #BlackLivesMatter.

Categories: Economics

Sign the Petition to Turn Twitter into a User-Owned Co-op

November 1, 2016 - 11:57

It would be hard for me, and perhaps for millions of other regular Twitter users, to imagine life without it. Twitter has been a critical platform to share news, spark important conversations, and catalyze social movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.

Categories: Economics

New Toolkit Helps Entrepreneurs Design Platform Businesses

November 1, 2016 - 07:23

The way people work is quickly changing. From the rising freelance economy and booming coworking industry to distributed organizations and platform cooperatives, it’s anything but business as usual.

Categories: Economics

Mexico's Indigenous Groups Start Telecom Co-op after Being Refused Service

October 31, 2016 - 06:56

Villa Talea de Castro is a village in Oaxaca, Mexico with a large indigenous community. Prior to 2013, the 2,500 inhabitants of the village had limited phone service via landline phone booths. Large cell phone companies refused to provide service to the area so the community partnered with NGO Rhizomatica to install its own local cellular network that provides unlimited local calls and messages and low-cost long distance and international calls.

Categories: Economics

How Mastly Helps Entrepreneurs Crowdsource Startups and Share Equity Fairly

October 28, 2016 - 08:39

Anyone who’s ever collaborated on a project understands that people do varying amounts of work and that tracking individual contributions is difficult. In startups, where there’s a potential for a financial upside following a sale or IPO, the issue of distribution becomes even more complex. How do you fairly reward people’s work when team members have all contributed in varying degrees and ways?

Categories: Economics

OuiShare Fest Toolkit: An Open Source Guide for Hosting Participatory Events

October 26, 2016 - 07:21

For the past four years, OuiShare has hosted OuiShare Fest, an international conference to “explore the edges of collaborative economies and digital transformations.” Recently the organization released the OuiShare Fest Toolkit to help others organize participatory events.

The toolkit covers a variety of topics and related tools including budgeting, programming, event production, communications, and team organizing. 

Categories: Economics

SHARECITY100: Exploring Food Sharing in 100 Cities

October 25, 2016 - 07:06

SHARECITY100 is a database of more than 4000 food sharing enterprises across 100 cities around the world, including Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, and Europe. The first major output of SHARECITY, a five-year research project at Trinity College Dublin, SHARECITY100 was created to assess the practice and sustainability potential of information and communications technology (ICT)-enabled food sharing within cities.

Categories: Economics

6 Podcasts for Inspirational Sharing Solutions On-The-Go

October 24, 2016 - 16:17

Podcasts have created a broadcast audio renaissance. News and information that were once difficult, if not impossible, to find are now available to anyone with a smartphone. If you don't already listen to podcasts, join the growing legion of listeners who enjoy taking it all in while commuting, doing errands, or giving their eyes a rest from screens.

Categories: Economics

The Case for “Disruptive Normality”

October 24, 2016 - 11:18

The Duwamish Cohousing complex in West Seattle, Washington. Photo credit: Joe Mabel

In recent years, we’ve started to see cases of promising sharing and collaborative practices falling into the traps of neoliberal ways of thinking and doing: carpooling and time-banking ideas transforming into the likes of Uber and TaskRabbit, co-housing concepts producing closed and exclusive gated communities, and so on.

Categories: Economics

Public Food Forests on the Rise

October 24, 2016 - 06:13

Article and images cross-posted from Made Local magazine. Story by Leilani Clark. Photos by Nat and Cody Photography.

Categories: Economics

Two New Reports Confirm Social, Environmental Benefits of Carsharing

October 20, 2016 - 02:43

Two new TSRC reports analyze survey data from Zipcar for Universities and car2go. (Christopher Schmidt / Flickr)

Categories: Economics