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New Coop Set to Transform Food Desert in North Minneapolis

April 18, 2016 - 08:38

A food desert in Minneapolis will soon have access to fresh food and its own community grocery cooperative.

The first food coop in North Minneapolis, Wirth Cooperative Grocery is scheduled to open later this year. It will focus on providing easy access to a variety of foods and, if all goes well, help revitalize the neighborhood and boost the local economy in an area with few accessible grocery stores.

Categories: Economics

Mayor Park Won-Soon Wins Gothenburg Award for Sharing City Seoul

April 18, 2016 - 07:51

Mayor Park Won-Soon, who spearheaded Sharing City Seoul, one of the world’s first sharing cities, was recently awarded the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. The award, along with a prize of 1 million Swedish krona ($123,000 USD), is given each year to people or organizations for outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future.

Categories: Economics

After the Gold Rush: OuiShare Fest 2016 Embraces Action and Experimentation

April 13, 2016 - 08:25

OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands from around the world, the organization has been decentralized from the beginning. Formed in Paris in 2012, OuiShare is built around the notion of letting community members take initiative and enabling the community grow on its own.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

April 12, 2016 - 11:23

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.

Categories: Economics

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

April 12, 2016 - 07:33

by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from

How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.

Categories: Economics

Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Publishes Open-Source Plans for Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 - 07:14

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. (Ramiro Ramirez / ELEMENTAL)

Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Feature Writer

April 11, 2016 - 14:20
Photo by Daniella Winkler via Unsplash   If you like libraries and long form reporting, we've got the perfect gig for you.    We're looking for a reporter with a strong background in feature writing for magazines or other outlets to produce an in-depth piece (2,500-4,000 words) on the future of libraries. This piece should offer new and thought-provoking ideas to the conversation about what's in store for these vital institutions in the years to come. 
Categories: Economics

Nation's First Library Social Worker Connects Homeless with Meals, Healthcare and Housing

April 11, 2016 - 08:21

Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community. They hired Leah Esguerra, a psychiatric social worker who is believed to be the nation’s first full-time social worker at a library.

Categories: Economics

How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders

April 11, 2016 - 07:00

Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil.

Categories: Economics

But Anyway, a Rap about Gentrification that Resonates

April 10, 2016 - 16:29

I recommend But Anyway, a new song about gentrification by Washington DC-based lawyer and rapper Tarica June. It hits a nerve.

I haven't watched my hometown disappear like her. That's because as a Navy brat, I've never had a hometown. That's probably why the song resonates. That plus watching as half of my friends and much of what I loved about San Francisco disappear over the last five years due to gentrification.

Categories: Economics

Not Alone: Cooperative and Trade Union Solutions for Freelancers

April 6, 2016 - 13:26

Photo credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery / CC BY.

A proliferation of atypical forms of work in Europe has become known as "The Gig Economy." For many, a permanent state of social economic uncertainty is the new normal. Casual work, temping, zero hour contracts, and diverse forms of self-employment are characteristic of this brave new world of "precarious work."

Categories: Economics

New Report: Platform Cooperativism as an Alternative to the For-profit Sharing Economy

April 6, 2016 - 09:18

Commuting by Uber in San Francisco. (Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

Oklahoma City: America’s “Worst Walking City” Gets Back on Its Feet

April 6, 2016 - 08:34

Photo credit: Wonderlane / CC BY

The U.S. gave up on walking in the mid-20th Century -- at least planners and politicians did. People on foot were virtually banished from newly constructed neighborhoods. Experts assured us that cars and buses (and eventually helicopters and jet packs) would efficiently take us everywhere we wanted to go.

Categories: Economics

The Future of Libraries in America is (Tentatively) Bright

April 6, 2016 - 07:42

The Seattle Public Library is part of a new generation of American libraries. Photo by Pavan Trikutam (CC-0)

On the day after Christmas in 2009, released a statement that their Kindle e-reader had become the most gifted item in the company’s history. That holiday season marked an explosion of reading devices into the mainstream and posed a huge challenge for libraries. Now that people had readers, they wanted to borrow ebooks from their local library.

Categories: Economics

How to Crowdfund a Platform Cooperative Like a Human

April 5, 2016 - 11:31

Image credit: The Open Source Way. Article cross-posted from Medium.

To build cooperative platforms on the Internet, crowdfunding can seem ideal.

Categories: Economics

How to Co-create a Shared Space in 5 Steps

April 5, 2016 - 07:27

For a long time, the spaces we shared with many were designed by a just a few who decided what goes where. Parks, streets, squares and even our offices and schoolyards were designed for users, not by users.

But what if we created shared spaces based on users’ needs? What if we created a variety of public and private spaces that are constantly transforming with new needs and different users?

Today, many people are doing that through co-creation.

What’s Co-creation?

Categories: Economics

Cities Around the World to Crowdsource their Local Sharing Economy

April 4, 2016 - 21:16

Yesterday officially kicked off the 3rd annual global #MapJam and we’re so excited to see the latest group of individuals, groups and organizations crowdsourcing the sharing economy in their cities. These local mapping initiatives are cultivating a new economic paradigm simply by making it visible.

Categories: Economics

Goods Sharing Platform Peerby Crowdfunds $2 Million in One Weekend

April 4, 2016 - 14:14

Peerby, the local sharing platform that helps neighbors share household items, recently raised $2.2 million over one weekend from 1,051 crowdfunders—and the campaign still has 42 days to go.

Categories: Economics

Bus Stop Farmers Markets Get Fresh Produce Into Food Deserts

April 4, 2016 - 07:30

The Netpark Transfer Center Farmer’s Market in Tampa, Florida provides fresh produce as well as information on how to prepare and grow food. Photo credit: Chris Urso, Tampa Tribune Staff

Categories: Economics

How to Crowdsource a Book Proposal in 10 Not So Easy Steps

April 1, 2016 - 17:31

As you may have heard, Shareable has embarked on an adventure in collaborative book publishing. We’re self-publishing a book on sharing cities to be released this October. Naturally, we decided to walk our talk in terms of process. We’re collaborating on everything from the book proposal to licensing (Creative Commons) to distribution. We believe this process will strengthen the sharing cities movement.

Categories: Economics