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Public Roads, Private Maps

October 13, 2014 - 09:05

This story was originally published at re:form, a new design publication on Medium. Illustrations by Susie Cagle.

The first time I rode my bike from my new house in Oakland, I felt hopeful.

I sped down the smooth hill, clad in new bike gloves and helmet, official city bike map in my front pants pocket.

By the time I arrived downtown, less than three miles away, I’d dodged five very close-cutting cars, a half-dozen errant pedestrians, and more potholes than I could count.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Week Connects Dutch Sharers through National Event

October 13, 2014 - 06:47

Sharing Week is in full-swing in the Netherlands. Running until October 15th, with events throughout the country, primarily at Seats2meet coworking locations, it’s an opportunity to celebrate sharing, discuss challenges and opportunities, and envision sharing’s bright future. This is the second Sharing Week, which comes hot on the heels of the first one held in June.

Categories: Economics

Solidarity Economy Organizing in the Wake of Mike Brown

October 9, 2014 - 11:06

Since early August, the tragic killing of Mike Brown has caught fire in the news. It’s no surprise that mainstream media has limited the conversation to this one isolated incident. But it leaves a crucial void of voices for change that are working to solve the economic inequalities that create racial injustice in the first place.

Categories: Economics

New eBook Details Seoul’s Sharing City Project

October 8, 2014 - 08:56

With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul's metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the Sharing City, Seoul projects, at both the community- and municipal-level, that form this new sharing mega-city.

Categories: Economics

15 Participatory Budgeting Projects that Give Power to the People

October 8, 2014 - 08:17

To create vibrant communities, people need to share in the decisions that affect them. This is true for neighborhoods, cities, and beyond.

Participatory budgeting, in which people decide together how a portion of a government's (or organization's) budget is spent, is a proven way to give decision-making power to the people. It enables citizens to play an active role in shaping their community and creates more transparent governments.

Categories: Economics

Join the Global #MapJam to Organize the New Economy in Your City

October 7, 2014 - 12:21

Starting next Monday, October 13th and continuing through the end of the month, groups are coming together all over the world in pursuit of a shared goal. We want to map every city to make visible the economic transformation that’s already happening, connect it and organize for collective power.

Categories: Economics

The Top 10 TED Talks about Cities

October 6, 2014 - 09:35

Photo credit: TED.

1. Amanda Burden: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

Categories: Economics

How to Celebrate #RideSharingDay

October 6, 2014 - 07:33

Ridesharing, in its many forms, is a fun and practical aspect of the sharing economy. It's a way to reduce your carbon footprint, meet like-minded people, save money, and support new and innovative ways of getting around. It's a great way to enter the sharing lifestyle.

International #RideSharingDay is a celebration of all things ridesharing. Celebrated around the world on October 10th, the event, now in its seventh year, serves as a reminder of the importance of rethinking our methods of transportation.

Categories: Economics

How to Apply Plaza Principles to Transit Hubs

October 6, 2014 - 07:20

Top image: A bland transit hub in LA. It doesn't have to be this way. Credit: Frederick Dennstedt

Categories: Economics

Freelancers Union to Expand Health Centers Nationally

October 2, 2014 - 08:57

In late June, Freelancers Union unveiled a national benefits platform to help independent American workers gain access to affordable insurance for health care, disability, term life, dental, liability, and retirement.

Categories: Economics

Beating the Drum for a New Economy

October 1, 2014 - 07:00

New Economy Week: October 13-19th, 2014

On September 21, 400,000 people from all walks of life arrived in New York City for the People's Climate March. The slogan of the march was simply, “To change everything, we need everyone.”

The People’s Climate March was a powerful breakthrough, not just because practically everyone did show up, but because of the growing awareness among climate activists that we do need “to change everything.”

Categories: Economics

Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

September 30, 2014 - 08:06

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. Written by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, and Brian Van Slyke for Truthout. Photo credit: Alyce Santoro.

Categories: Economics

New Film Follows 18 Students As They Cycle the US to Support Coops

September 30, 2014 - 07:19

In 2012, a group of 18 young people from Hampshire College set off to ride their bikes from San Francisco back home to Amherst, Massachusetts. Dubbed Co-Cycle, the group planned to visit coops along the route to learn from them and create a network of cooperatives. Three months and 15 states later, they arrived safely. Through it all, Emma Thatcher was there documenting the journey for the film To the Moon.

Categories: Economics

Governor Brown Signs California's Neighborhood Food Act

September 29, 2014 - 09:16

Photo credit: wayneandwax / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from SELC.

On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.

Categories: Economics

How to Turn a Bus Stop into Art

September 29, 2014 - 08:41

Photo credit: clarkmaxwell / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

Categories: Economics

Alternative Economy Movements Converge at Degrowth Conference

September 29, 2014 - 08:14

Cross-posted from Bollier.org. Originally published on September 11, 2014.

Categories: Economics

ShareFest Porto Alegre Catalyzes Local Sharing Movement

September 29, 2014 - 07:45

Attracting 450 people for a day of workshops, discussion, brainstorming, information-sharing, panels, art, music and dancing, ShareFest Porto Alegre was a great success. In true sharing style, the event was a group project from its inception, with organizers deciding that it should be as collaborative as possible, from the planning stages up.

Categories: Economics

Peers Hires RelayRides' Shelby Clark as Executive Director

September 24, 2014 - 10:24

Sharing economy advocacy group Peers announced today the hiring of Shelby Clark as it's new executive director.

Shelby, an early employee of Kiva, founded the peer-to-peer carsharing service RelayRides, which operates carsharing marketplaces in 2,300 U.S. cities. Clark will continue to serve as a Board Member of that company.

Categories: Economics

Is Ridesharing Killing San Francisco's Taxi Industry?

September 23, 2014 - 16:21

Lyft's ridesharing vehicles are known by their pink stick-on mustaches. (Lyft via Kansas City Business Journal)

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: The World's First Tiny House Hoteliers

September 23, 2014 - 07:54

The tiny house movement is booming. There are off-grid tiny houses, Airbnb tiny houses, tiny house villages and now a tiny house hotel. The first of its kind (we believe), Caravan Tiny House Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, comprises six tiny houses in the Alberta Arts District.

Categories: Economics