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How to Host a Cash Mob

November 5, 2014 - 07:12

Cash mobs are a great way to boost local business and bring community together while you’re at it. The idea is simple: a group of people flood a store and pledge to buy stuff. Think flash mob but instead of dancing, you’re spending money to help give back to the local economy.

Categories: Economics

Compost Pedallers Turn Tons of Food Waste into Rich Soil

November 4, 2014 - 08:51

Photo credit: Austin Chronicle

On the east side of Austin, Texas, on most days of the week, guys can be seen pedalling weird-looking bikes around Hyde Park, Cherrywood, Mueller, Windsor Park, East 11th, and Holly Street. Meet the East Side Compost Pedallers. They pick up "scrapple" -- food scraps -- from registered homes and businesses then pedal it out to more than a dozen nearby farms and community gardens. 

Categories: Economics

Falling Fruit: Mapping Free Food Around the World

November 4, 2014 - 07:09

by Caleb Phillips with input from Ethan Welty

Categories: Economics

Don't Be a Prisoner of Your Own Data

November 4, 2014 - 04:18

Let's do a thought experiment. Let's imagine your house connected up to the internet. It's called the "Internet of Things" or #IoT for those on Twitter, and it's a new way of collecting data about you, while promising to make your life more convenient. But we've heard that line before...

Categories: Economics

Enspiral: Changing the Way Social Entrepreneurs Do Business

November 3, 2014 - 07:32

Enspiral Space is Enspiral's co-working facility in Wellington, New Zealand. (Courtesy Enspiral)

Categories: Economics

5 Tips to Unbrand Your Kids

November 3, 2014 - 07:07

by Edna Rienzi

Recently, the Center for a New American Dream launched its latest resource, Kids Unbranded: Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture. This guide is designed to help parents, educators, and advocates push back against the staggering onslaught of marketing that our children face today.

Categories: Economics

6 Essentials for the Sharing Economy - in Cartoon Form

October 31, 2014 - 19:10

Whether you're feeling jazzed about the sharing economy or not, Janelle Orsi's new video is a must watch.  Through adorable MS-paint-like doodles, Orsi shares her take on the sharing economy - her appreciation of it, as well as her criticisms - and outlines a plan for where to go from here. This plan includes six steps that companies can take to build sharing into their business plans - in other words, six essentials for any sharing economy business.

Categories: Economics

Biennale Interieur Investigates Homemaking in the Digital Age

October 31, 2014 - 13:58

Joseph Grima and Space Caviar explored changing notions of domesticity at the 2014 Biennale Interieur. (Delfino Sisto Legnani via Domus)

Categories: Economics

ShareHub: at the Heart of Seoul's Sharing Movement

October 29, 2014 - 06:36

In 2012, Seoul publicly announced its commitment to becoming a sharing city. It has since emerged as a leader of the global sharing movement and serves as a model for cities around the world. Supported by the municipal government and embedded in numerous parts of everyday life in Seoul, the Sharing City project has proven to be an inspiration to city leaders, entrepreneurs, and sharing enthusiasts around the world.

Categories: Economics

Rebuilding after Disaster, At Least Temporarily

October 28, 2014 - 16:20

“Disaster, along with moments of social upheaval, is when the shackles of conventional belief fall away and the possibilities open up." - Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

Categories: Economics

Report: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless

October 28, 2014 - 08:18

Photo credit: Ed Yourdon. Article cross-posted from Common Dreams. Authored by Nadia Prupis.

As the number of U.S. cities criminalizing sharing food with the homeless continues to rise as a result of burdensome requirements on food pantries and individuals, rights groups are condemning the cities for their focus on punishment over solutions.

Categories: Economics

300,000 People Weigh In On the Future of the Internet

October 28, 2014 - 06:41

The Internet is an incredible tool that enables people around the world to connect, share and co-create. But the ever-looming threat of big business and government putting restrictions on our freedom to share online is very real and could impede the things we value most about the Internet.

Categories: Economics

Living the New Economy Convergence Draws Passionate Crowd

October 27, 2014 - 20:29

For four days this past week, hundreds of activists, speakers, panelists, thinkers, visionaries, and caring citizens came together in Oakland, California for the first annual Bay Area Living the New Economy Convergence. Over breakfasts, lunches, presentations and round tables, they discussed ideas and tools for shifting away from the current profit-driven system and into a new economic paradigm, one that puts people and ecology at the heart of business models.

Categories: Economics

Living on the Edge @unMonastery

October 27, 2014 - 09:11

Arriving at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy after so many months revived me. I felt as a saint being greeted so effusively as I made the rounds of the building where the unMonasterians once resided and would once again for the duration of the social innovation conference, Living on the Edge 4 (#LOTE4), the theme of which would

Categories: Economics

Can New Work Really Work?

October 27, 2014 - 07:19

On a recent Monday morning at 9 a.m., when most of America was heading to the office, a bookish, unassuming, middle-aged man named Blair Evans gave a talk about the work he’s been doing in Detroit. Work that, if manifested in the way he and his team are planning, has the ability to profoundly change Detroit, and the world.

Categories: Economics

Economics As If Future Generations Mattered

October 27, 2014 - 06:56

Photo credit: Cia de Foto. Cross-posted from On the Commons, authored by Kaitlin Butler and Carolyn Raffensperger.

Categories: Economics

How Municipalities Can (and Should) Support the Solidarity Economy

October 27, 2014 - 06:35

The Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is a multi-faceted alternative to traditional capitalism made up of coops, sustainability initiatives, gift economics, community organizations, fair trade projects and more. Around the world, there is a strong and growing solidarity movement, but in order for SSE initiatives to thrive, they need support.

Categories: Economics

You Won't Believe What They're Sharing on These 9 DIY Marketplaces

October 22, 2014 - 07:06

As the sharing economy grows, people have gotten creative about what can be shared peer-to-peer (P2P). It's gone well beyond sharing homes and cars. We can now rent, share, borrow or swap electronics, outdoor gear, land, tools, clothing, appliances, and more.

Categories: Economics

32 US Cities Commit to Community-owned Broadband Internet Access

October 21, 2014 - 10:04

This past Monday, a coalition of representatives from 32 cities across the U.S. joined together to address the pressing need for fast, reliable and affordable high-speed Internet. Organized by Next Century Cities, the bipartisan initiative is designed to help cities create their own community broadband networks because big telecom companies don’t provide broadband to all areas of the country.

Categories: Economics

5 Proven Strategies to Support Art in Your City

October 21, 2014 - 08:15

Last week, Springboard for the Arts launched their new Creative Exchange initiative as a way to help cities leverage arts programs to further civic and economic development. The program offers 10 toolkits with step-by-step guides culled from successfully executed projects.

Categories: Economics