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Sharing Cities Network Launches Online Hub with Over 30 Cities

April 1, 2014 - 13:25

Photo credit: Santa Rosa Red, White and Boom

We are proud to introduce a new resource to support local sharing initiatives, co-created by leaders from around the world. Welcome to the beta version of the Sharing Cities Network online hub, which you can find now through the new “Community” tab in the main navigation of The site will continue to be developed as we receive feedback and we welcome yours.

Categories: Economics

3 Hilarious April Fools' Vids Spoofing the Sharing Economy

April 1, 2014 - 08:57

Every year on April 1, marketing wizards across the globe unleash a torrent of cleverness in an attempt to make us laugh and, of course, buy their products. This year, with collaborative consumption being such a hot trend, a few companies decided to poke fun at the sharing economy.

Honda got into the game with a spoof video on the first DIY Honda Car. The couple in the piece like to make their own kombucha, so why not their own car...even if it comes in 180,000 individual parts. 

Categories: Economics

SF "HACKtivation" Matches Homeless Nonprofits with Tech Talent

April 1, 2014 - 06:30

While the tech community continues to be demonized across San Francisco, nearly 100 mostly tech workers acted as angels this weekend by donating their expertise to a dozen homeless nonprofit organizations.

Categories: Economics

How to Live Off-the-grid in a Tiny House

March 31, 2014 - 17:17

LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was normal and necessary. He tried city life after college, but says he felt like a slave to a house, bills and employers. At 35, he made a change.

“I had a wake up call,” he explains, “that made me realize that what I really wanted was a simple homestead cabin and to eliminate my dependence on the system, so I could live sustainably while I pursued my dreams.”

Categories: Economics

The Ultimate Guide To Organizing a Skillshare

March 31, 2014 - 16:55

In the spirit of encouraging the spread of skillshares in as many places as possible, I’ve written down some of the most critical, ordered steps we took to create Somerville Skillshare from scratch (for context, read this article). Call it a blueprint, checklist, guidelines, or whatever you’d like.

Categories: Economics

24 Apps to Help You Travel Like a Local

March 31, 2014 - 16:30

Collaborative consumption is not only changing the way we manage our stuff, but also the way we travel. Savvy travelers have long known that it's best to skip tourist traps and go where the locals go. Because the sharing economy facilitates exchanges between real people, it's the perfect way to travel like a local (while saving money).

Categories: Economics

The ELF Solar Hybrid: e-Bike Commuting for the Faint-of-Heart

March 31, 2014 - 11:03

If you are anything like me, biking to work sound like a great idea…in theory.

Because if you’re anything like me, you live in state where the ground is encrusted in ice and snow for at least half the year. And if you’re anything like me, you live in a place that hasn’t taken alternative transportation all that seriously, meaning most roads are a scary place to be in a minivan, much less a bicycle. 

Yes, that’s right, I live in Michigan, home of the automobile.

Categories: Economics

Tax Guide for Sharing Economy Micro-entrepreneurs

March 31, 2014 - 08:53

Ah, tax season—that time of year when we dig out boxes of receipts, add up business mileage and, if we’re active in the sharing economy, wonder how on earth to handle taxes when it comes to room rentals, rideshares, crowdfunding donations and all that other good sharing stuff. In several aspects of the sharing economy, legislation lags behind what’s happening on the streets, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes, as we trying to apply dated rules to a new economy. Taxes are no different.

Categories: Economics

Spray Painted Infographics Track Neighborhood Happiness on Sidewalks

March 31, 2014 - 07:57

Want to find out how people feel about their neighborhoods? Ask them. This is one of the takeaways from the Visualizing Mill Road project. The brainchild of researchers Lisa Koeman, Vaiva Kalnikaite and Yvonne Rogers from University College London’s Intel Collaborative Research Institute, the project was created to gauge how people feel about safety, community, neighborliness and the general vibe along the length of Mill Road in Cambridge, England.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Amanda Palmer on the Gift Economy

March 31, 2014 - 07:41

Top image credit: Lindsey Byrnes.

Categories: Economics

New Book Debunks Myth that the Private Sector Drives Innovation

March 28, 2014 - 10:56

There’s a prevailing narrative about innovation in America today, one so familiar that it is rarely questioned.

It goes something like this:

Innovation happens in the private sector. The public sector is a sort of encumbrance that is necessary for serving the public good and fixing market failures, but by and large it’s a drag on the economy and a hamper on innovation. 

Categories: Economics

Airbnb Declares Portland a “Shared City”

March 28, 2014 - 05:43

Top image credit: Michael Wiley / Foter / CC BY-SA.

You may have read this week that Airbnb, as part of its attempt to be a good neighbor during its corporate expansion to Portland, Oregon, has declared Portland its first “Shared City.” And all I can say to CEO Brian Chesky is: Welcome to the party!

Categories: Economics

Deep Sharing: How the Commons Amplifies the Sharing Economy

March 26, 2014 - 11:48

This article is a selection from On the Commons' new e-book, Sharing Revolution: The essential economics of the commons, which highlights how the commons amplifies the burgeoning economic revolution now widely known as the sharing economy. Click here to download your free copy.

Categories: Economics

New Research Shows Gratitude Makes You Happy, Not Stuff

March 26, 2014 - 09:50

Top image credit: Steve Evans / Foter / CC BY.

Categories: Economics

Somerville Skillshare: A Free, Locally Crowdsourced Education Model

March 25, 2014 - 10:35

A skillshare is the quintessential Sharing Economy creation. It’s a simple concept: people gather in a large space like a school or community center and teach each other classes on topics they’re passionate about, like salsa dancing, stock investing, and bike maintenance. Classes occur simultaneously in multiple spaces throughout the day, and no topic is out of bounds. It’s local, educational, and free.

Categories: Economics

Nonprofit SAME Café Thrives with Pay-What-You-Can Model

March 25, 2014 - 09:18

Top image: Brady Birk. Photo credit: El Pomar.

Categories: Economics

Cracking the Crowdfunding Code

March 25, 2014 - 09:15

Top image: Rocio Lara.

Categories: Economics

Supermodel Lily Cole Launches Gift Economy Platform

March 24, 2014 - 15:34

Top image: Lily Cole presents Impossible at Let's Collaborate.

When a supermodel enters the sharing economy, it certainly raises a few eyebrows. Therefore, when Lily Cole came to New York to launch her gift economy platform, Impossible, Let’s Collaborate! was curious to explore the purpose behind the platform and what role it would play in the sharing economy.

Categories: Economics

Spanish Robin Hood Enric Duran on Capitalism and "Integral Revolution"

March 24, 2014 - 10:54

Top image credit: Diodoro. Translated by Stacco Troncoso, edited by Jane Loes Lipton of Guerrilla Translation!

Categories: Economics

10 Open Hardware Projects to Save the Earth

March 24, 2014 - 09:29

On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools.

Categories: Economics