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How Bad is the Food Waste Issue? Two Daring Filmmakers Found Out

July 6, 2015 - 07:27

A staggering 40 percent of the food that’s grown and produced in the US gets thrown away. But our food waste problem isn’t limited to one industry. It starts with the farms where food is grown and trickles through every aspect of food production, retail, and consumption, down to the food in our own refrigerators that goes to waste.

Categories: Economics

Disrupting the Disrupters: 3 Cities Work to Design Universal Taxi Apps

July 6, 2015 - 07:04

Photo credit: zak mc / Foter / CC BY-SA. Article cross-posted from the Shared Use Mobility Center blog.

Categories: Economics

Economist Juliet Schor: America Needs a New System

June 30, 2015 - 10:16

Current economic practices have led to widespread deprivation, argues economist Juliet Schor. (Huffington Post)

Categories: Economics

Korea’s Food Co-operatives Come Together in a Production Park

June 30, 2015 - 09:19

Article and images cross-posted from Co-operative News.

Over 300 people are producing 340 items for food co-operatives across a 15 hectares site.

Korea’s first eco-friendly organic food cluster, Gurye Natural Dream Park, produces rice, bakery products, dumplings, Korean traditional cookies, rice wine, and processed duck meat.

Categories: Economics

Mondragon Corporation: A Manufacturer of Equality

June 30, 2015 - 09:09

Josu Ugarte. Photo credit: Financial Times photos / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from TooMuch.

In the United States, top corporate execs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day.

Categories: Economics

Torino Innovators Build a Smart Apartment on Open-Source Ideals

June 29, 2015 - 12:47

Casa Jasmina is a combination laboratory and gallery highlighting open source, Internet-of-Things innovations from Torino-area makers. (Casa Jasmina)

Categories: Economics

New Social Media Platform Dubbed “The People’s Site” by Anonymous

June 29, 2015 - 07:18

Article cross-posted from the Anti-Media blog. Written by Claire Bernish.

Categories: Economics

Forget Monopoly: Play American Commons Instead

June 25, 2015 - 13:17

Commonomics USA's new board game, American Commons, upends Monopoly's core principles. (Image via Huffington Post)

Categories: Economics

Swedish Documentary Makes a Convincing Case for Cooperativism

June 25, 2015 - 11:08

The filmmakers visited several worker-owned cooperatives, including Equal Exchange in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe)

Categories: Economics

The Top 10 Tips for Running a Coworking Space at Home

June 25, 2015 - 07:40

Collective Self is a free, in-home coworking space in Seattle. Created by Lori Kane in 2012, it was inspired by an experience Kane had in San Francisco. While walking to a coworking space for an interview, she walked down a street that was incredibly diverse, with people from all over the world. Once she was in the coworking space, however, the diversity vanished.

Categories: Economics

Buffalo CarShare Ceases Operation Due to New York Insurance Law

June 23, 2015 - 06:53

Buffalo CarShare serves the daily needs of residents. Photo: Buffalo CarShare

Buffalo CarShare is a nonprofit carsharing organization serving the transportation needs of low-income communities in Buffalo, New York. The organization recently had to cease operation after their insurance company, Philadelphia Insurance, ended their coverage.

Categories: Economics

Is a Confusing Pricing Structure Limiting the Growth of Bikesharing?

June 22, 2015 - 13:48

A May 2015 report documents confusion among casual riders about the cost of bikesharing. (SF Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

Categories: Economics

This Preschool Inside a Retirement Home is Transforming Lives

June 22, 2015 - 07:28

The Mount St. Vincent retirement home in Seattle is home to over 400 residents. It’s also home to a preschool. The results of this innovative project, dubbed the Intergenerational Learning Center, are extraordinary. Elders and young children share time, space, projects, meals and conversations. By doing so, the children learn about the normal aging process, reduce their fear of older adults, and share their love and attention.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Venture Capitalist Brad Burnham on Skinny Platforms

June 22, 2015 - 06:47

Photo credit: Lisbon Council. Used under Creative Commons.

Categories: Economics

Bedis Bouziri on Tunisia's Participatory Budgeting Initiative

June 22, 2015 - 06:41

Since the Jasmine revolution of January 14, 2011 that sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisian social and political life has changed considerably. After 23 years of the brutal and corrupt regime of General Ben Ali, the people of Tunisia started to experience the basic preconditions of a democratic state for the first time. Among them are freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and political pluralism, including competitive elections.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: John Repp on the Promise of Public Banking in Seattle

June 17, 2015 - 14:13

The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-run bank in the United States. Photo: Hulsing & Associates Architects

Categories: Economics

3 Sharing Apps that Share the Love with Nonprofits

June 17, 2015 - 09:15

StokeShare surfing event participants with the LAPD Cadet program. Photo: Lauren Devon

As you've probably noticed, there are sharing economy apps to help you share just about everything from lightly-worn clothes and parking spaces to surfboards and meals.

Some of these apps take the sharing spirit a step further by supporting nonprofits. Here are three of our favorites:

1. CARMAnation

Categories: Economics

Adorable Tiny House Village Springs Up in Portland

June 16, 2015 - 08:22

In Portland, Oregon, there's a tiny house village that combines the best of tiny living and cohousing.

Categories: Economics

Australian Coworking Event a Window into Growing Movement

June 15, 2015 - 17:01

In a perfect demonstration of the collaboration that takes place in the coworking industry, spaces from all around Australia and beyond got together to share thoughts and ideas about their communities and spaces.  

Categories: Economics