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The People’s Railway: A Cooperative Opportunity?

June 28, 2016 - 09:20

Article and image cross-posted from Stir to Action

Categories: Economics

Connecting the Dots the P2P Way: The Commons As the Response to the Structural Crises of the Global System

June 27, 2016 - 07:03

Article cross-posted from Commons Transition. Originally published in Truthout as part of the Connecting the Dots Series, a campaign by our colleagues at All images by Aotaro.

Categories: Economics

Youngsters Get in on the Little Free Movement with a Lego Library

June 27, 2016 - 03:59

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.

Categories: Economics

RegenVillage Almere: A Self-sufficient Neighborhood to Generate its Own Food and Energy

June 27, 2016 - 01:32

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).

Categories: Economics

Inside the Little Free Pantry: a Q&A with its Creator

June 22, 2016 - 07:28

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.

Categories: Economics

What Would You Like to See on Shareable? Take Our Reader Survey

June 22, 2016 - 07:00
Dear readers,   We recently kicked off a strategic planning process to develop a roadmap for our organization in the next three years. During this process, we will be evaluating our work, researching current and projected trends in our field, and determining how our organization can be most effective.  
Categories: Economics

Notes from a Gathering of Global Occupy Activists

June 22, 2016 - 06:56

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.

Categories: Economics

Locking the Web Open with Decentralizing Tech and Platform Co-ops

June 21, 2016 - 10:17

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.

Categories: Economics

14 Open Source Photography Tools

June 21, 2016 - 07:40

In a recent article for, 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.

Categories: Economics

Council of the European Union Calls for Open Access to Scientific Research by 2020

June 21, 2016 - 07:00

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.

Categories: Economics

Trama: Netweaving and Collaboration in Rio de Janeiro

June 20, 2016 - 07:57

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.

Categories: Economics

Re-experience OuiShare Fest 2016

June 16, 2016 - 16:05

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.


Categories: Economics

The Library of Things: 8 Spaces Changing How We Think About Stuff

June 15, 2016 - 07:45

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.

Categories: Economics

History as a Commons: a Q&A with Chris Carlsson of Shaping San Francisco

June 14, 2016 - 07:40

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.

Categories: Economics

Bringing the Platform Co-op "Rebel Cities" Together: An Interview with Trebor Scholz

June 13, 2016 - 13:47

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.

Categories: Economics

Recap of the #FutureOfCoworking Twitter Chat

June 13, 2016 - 08:15

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.

Categories: Economics

Amsterdam's Sharing Economy Action Plan Points to Opportunities and Challenges

June 9, 2016 - 12:26

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.

Categories: Economics

The Sustainability Commons: Using Open Source Design to Address Climate Change

June 8, 2016 - 07:19

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.

Categories: Economics

Los Angeles Librarian Inspires a Love of Reading with her Book Bike

June 8, 2016 - 06:51

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.”

Categories: Economics

Shareable Welcomes Two New Staff Members

June 7, 2016 - 12:55

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.

Categories: Economics