Article and image cross-posted from Stir to Action.
Connecting the Dots the P2P Way: The Commons As the Response to the Structural Crises of the Global System
There’s something about Little Free Libraries. The idea is remarkably simple, and yet it has grown into an international movement that boasts over 40,000 branches in 70 countries around the world—and those are just the officially registered Little Free Library ones.
What if you could generate all the food and energy you need without ever leaving your neighborhood? That’s the vision for ReGen Villages and its first project being built in Almere, Netherlands (a suburb outside of Amsterdam).
Earlier this month, Shareable posted a short article about the Little Free Pantry in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Created by Jessica McClard, the Pantry is an easy way for people to share surplus food and household goods, and access items they may need.
At a recent week-long D-Cent hackathon and conference at Medialab-Prado in Madrid, a group of occupiers from the Tunisian revolution of 2010, the Spanish 15M movement, the New Zealand Occupy movement of 2011, the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, and the French horizontal protest movement Nuit Debout, met for an informal discussion.
Since the first browser was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee over 25 years ago, the World Wide Web has grown to become a massive ecosystem of information that has democratized access to knowledge and culture on the Internet. But today, the Web is under threat.
In a recent article for OpenSource.com, JT Pennington shares his favorite open source tools for photography enthusiasts. He points out that, while most people “scoff at the idea of a professional workflow on anything other than Windows or Mac,” that there are plenty of open source software options out there.
The argument that publicly-funded research should be made available to the public recently received a shot on the arm when the Competitiveness Council of the European Union reinforced its commitment to making all scientific articles and data openly accessible and reusable by 2020.
In late 2014 a design project at PUC-Rio university led five students to the street in Rio de Janeiro to restore an idle square by opening it for people collaboration and creativity. They received a high grade for the event and it was the starting point of Trama, an open collective that acts as a catalyst for collaborative initiatives in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Even though it is almost impossible to transmit the atmosphere of an event after it has happened, here are some ways you can re-live moments from OuiShare Fest Paris and get in-depth insights into the discussions that took place.
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The Library of Things movement is emerging in communities around the world. These spaces give people access to a huge spectrum of items, from board games, party supplies and tennis rackets to saws, kitchen appliances, turntables, clothing and tents, without the burden of ownership.
Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. A multi-faceted project that’s been going for 20-plus years, Shaping San Francisco hosts bicycle and walking tours of the city, hosts public talks, and maintains FoundSF, a growing online archive to help people discover and shape San Francisco history.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor for Culture & Media at the New School and author of the book Uber-Worked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016). He is currently touring European cities to talk about platform cooperativism.
Platform cooperativism, as he puts it, is "a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance." I talked to him about this young movement, its rise, and the steps ahead.
Last week, Shareable hosted the #FutureOfCoworking Twitter chat. Inspired by the depth and quality of conversation in the comments of my article, Look Out Coworking, Here Comes Big Money, the chat was a way to share ideas and experience, and continue learning from each other.
It's undeniable that major sharing economy services are changing the landscape of many cities around world. Governments are scrambling for regulatory solutions to address how these platforms impact their communities, but it's been a thorny process. This is due to the fact that the sharing economy creates a range of winners and losers, all of whom have a great stake in how these services are organized and regulated.
A growing movement that combines open source design with sustainability is creating an exciting alternative to profit-driven, proprietary sustainability products. As we face urgent issues like climate change, the ability of open source communities to quickly and inexpensively create solutions makes increasing sense.
In an effort to spread a love of libraries and the joys of reading, one Los Angeles librarian is taking books to the streets with a Book Bike.
From her three-wheeled bike, which carries 250 pounds of books, Ednita Kelly has given away over 5,000 free books. The library project is a way for her to encourage kids to read and to connect the job she loves with her community.
"I believe in the magic of libraries and what we bring to people,” she told ABC 7 News. “I really wanted to show that off in a fun way.”
We at Shareable have gone to great lengths to find exceptional talent to help carry out our mission. After months of searching, we’re happy to announce that our efforts have been richly rewarded with the additions of Maira Sutton and Joslyn Beile to our staff. Not only are they incredibly talented professionals, they also embody our values as people.