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A Commons Approach to the Challenges of Our Time

October 5, 2016 - 08:27

“When faced with the massive crises of our time, the most logical response is paralysis. What can an individual possibly do about something so massive and complex?”

This was the question posed recently by David Bollier, a policy strategist, activist, and a leading voice in the commons movement.

Categories: Economics

In Santa Fe, Momentum Builds for Locals to Take Charge of Electricity System

October 4, 2016 - 10:46

Photo credit: Ron Cogswell via / CC BY. Article cross-posted from ILSR.

Categories: Economics

National Co-op Month Kicks Off in October. Here's Why it Matters

September 29, 2016 - 10:26

Photo: 2016 National Cooperative Month

Can you imagine a world where all businesses are owned and directly controlled by the people who depend on them for employment or essential goods and services? While we may not be living in that world today, cooperatives have already built such a reality for hundreds of millions of people across the globe. 

Categories: Economics

New Open-Source ESLOV Toolkit Makes Building IoT Devices Easy

September 28, 2016 - 12:02

Arduino has long been on the vanguard of the open-hardware movement with countless numbers of robots, drones, 3D printers, and more built with their user-friendly, open source electronics platform.

Categories: Economics

Collaboratively Generating More Knowledge: Public Lab’s Approach to Citizen Science

September 27, 2016 - 07:58
Photo credit: Regional Barnraising CC BY-SA 3.0. Article by Jennie Rose Halperin. Cross-published from Creative Commons  
Categories: Economics

The Impact of Ride-Sharing Apps on Jakarta’s Taxi Industry

September 26, 2016 - 10:00

Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta has long been known for its efficient, clean taxis. On the city’s main thoroughfares, taxis make up approximately 20-30 percent of all traffic. While the city is in dire need to better mass transit, it was not — at least on the surface — ripe for transportation network companies and their Uber-style disruptions.

Yet in the past year, Jakarta has become ground zero for the battle between tech-based apps and traditional taxis, prompting the government to regulate ride-sharing companies.

Categories: Economics

Toward Post-Capitalist Cities? Reporting Back From The Global Social Economy Forum 2016

September 26, 2016 - 09:32

Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon addresses the GSEF Plenary. Photo credit: Arnau Cunties Photographe. Article and images cross-posted from New Economy Coalition.

Categories: Economics

Photo Essay: Community Gardens Change Lives

September 21, 2016 - 17:41

Community gardens and urban agriculture projects are a powerful way for people to connect with others for healthy, enriching experiences in their neighborhoods. We've long covered people changing their community with the power of gardening, so we invited our readers to share their photos and stories about their community gardening experiences. Some of the organizations we've written about have also generously contributed new images from their gardens.

Categories: Economics

EmergencyBNB: Sheltering Refugees One Neighbor at a Time

September 21, 2016 - 07:55

Photo: ResoluteSupportMedia (CC-BY)

Categories: Economics

New Report Highlights Fast Growth of Participatory Budgeting

September 20, 2016 - 07:57

Photo credit: Participatory Budgeting Project

In 2014, Shareable profiled 15 participatory budgeting (PB) projects that put financial decision making into the hands of communities. At the time, there were an estimated 1,500 PB programs around the world. In the two years since, PB has skyrocketed in popularity with an estimated 3,000 projects worldwide.

Categories: Economics

Q&A: EU Sharing Economy Opinion Author Benedetta Brighenti

September 20, 2016 - 03:36

European Commission building, Brussels. (Andrew Gustar / Flickr)

Realizing that the sharing phenomenon is changing how citizens live, the European Union has begun to address the sharing economy's regulatory challenges at the multi-national level.

Categories: Economics

New Report on Inclusive Sharing Economy Falls Short

September 19, 2016 - 16:36

This month, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a nonprofit membership organization that promotes social responsibility in business, released a report outlining how sharing economy companies can achieve, “a more meaningful uptake of collaborative marketplaces among lower-income and underserved populations.” The report recognizes the potential of the sharing economy to increase access to goods and services and help people earn and save money.

Categories: Economics

"Pluralist Commonwealth" Film is Long on Optimism, Short on Strategy

September 15, 2016 - 09:41

Democracy Collaborative co-founder and the Next System Project co-chair Gar Alperovitz recently released a new short film (and accompanying article in Yes!

Categories: Economics

Three Ways to Co-Create a Vibrant Co-living Culture

September 14, 2016 - 08:55

A co-living dinner. Photo credit: OpenDoor.

Categories: Economics

California Seed Sharing Bill Signed into Law

September 14, 2016 - 07:57

Photo credit: Christian Joudrey (CC 0)

Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, an amendment to the California Seed Law. It’s the latest victory in a global movement to support and protect seed sharing and saving.

Categories: Economics

Open Access to Research is Critical to Fighting Cancer

September 13, 2016 - 05:22

by Timothy Vollmer. Cross-posted from Creative Commons.

Categories: Economics

How Mississippi Banks are Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty

September 12, 2016 - 07:15

Photo credit: Yes! Magazine

Categories: Economics

How to Improve Your Community's Internet Connectivity

September 7, 2016 - 16:48

Photo credit: kevin dooley via / CC BY. Article cross-posted from ILSR's Community Broadband Networks site.

Categories: Economics

US DOT Issues Guidelines for Shared Mobility in New Primer

September 7, 2016 - 05:44

Nice Ride MN is the Twin Cities' bike share system. (m01229 / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

Place Governance: Placemaking-Powered Localism

September 6, 2016 - 11:29

Community members share ideas and visions during a Lighter Quicker Cheaper planning workshop. Photo credit: PPS. This article, cross-posted from, is part of a series on the many issues that converge in public space leading up to the Placemaking Leadership Forum (Sept. 14–17, 2016), where practitioners will chart the future of the placemaking movement and share concrete strategies to make it happen.

Categories: Economics