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5 Innovative Solutions to Food Deserts

June 1, 2016 - 07:09

Food deserts are places where it is difficult to buy fresh food. Defined by the USDA as "parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas," food deserts are largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets, and healthy food providers.

Categories: Economics

The First Little Free Pantry Pops Up in Arkansas Inspired by Little Free Libraries

June 1, 2016 - 07:06

Riffing on the thriving Little Free Library movement, one woman in Fayetteville, Arkansas has started the first Little Free Pantry.

Jessica McClard’s idea is simple: rather than leaving or taking a book, people leave and take non-perishable food and household goods, including toothpaste, garbage bags, deodorant and toilet paper. Those with surplus supplies leave them and those in need are welcome to take them.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Stocksy's Brianna Wettlaufer and Nuno Silva on Building a Cooperative Stock Photo Platform

May 31, 2016 - 09:16

Silhouette of a skateboarder. (Isaiah & Taylor Photography / Stocksy)

Like so many other industries involved in the contemporary "gig economy," stock photography has become, for many freelance photographers, a race to the bottom. As commercial platforms encourage competition among contributors to offset overhead costs, photographers must choose between an unsustainable wage and no wage at all—and clients pay a price in reduced access to high-quality materials.

Categories: Economics

Queer, Person of Color, or Low-Income; Is Cohousing Possible for Me?

May 31, 2016 - 07:36

Photo: Aitch Muirhead and Shira Frank, a trans man and his spouse, who live at Wasatch Commons in Salt Lake City.

Article by Cynthia Dettman, cross-posted from the Fellowship for Intentional Community.

Categories: Economics

New SELC Report: How to Equitably Regulate Airbnb-style Short-term Rentals

May 31, 2016 - 07:05

Photo credit: Kurayba via / CC BY-SA. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

OSCEdays: an Open Source Circular Economy Global Hackathon

May 25, 2016 - 08:07

The intersection between open source, with its emphasis on free use, modification and sharing, and a circular economy which produces no waste, is an exciting and increasingly important one.

Categories: Economics

City Repair: From Illegal Street Painting to City-Sanctioned Placemaking

May 24, 2016 - 08:17

City Repair in action. Photo credit: Greg Raisman

In 1996, Portland, Oregon was rocked when two young girls were killed by a car while crossing a road to get to a playground. The tragedy led to the creation of the first Intersection Repair project, where neighbors painted and reclaimed the street for their community.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Roberto Covolo of ExFadda, a Design-led Social Innovation Hub in Rural Italy

May 23, 2016 - 08:35

Roberto Covolo, ExFadda’s project manager. Article co-authored with Nicole Stojanovska. 

Jutting into the Mediterranean on the stiletto heel of Italy, the municipality of San Vito dei Normanni in Puglia is home to 20,000 Sanvitesi inhabitants. The Apulian countryside is peppered with olive groves, oak trees, and farms separated by wind-polished stone walls. Agriculture has long been the backbone of the local economy, but a lack of employment and social innovation has compelled a large portion of the town’s youth to emigrate.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Depot Brings Library of Things to Toronto

May 23, 2016 - 07:09

When the first Toronto Tool Library was launched in 2013, the project was so well received by the local community that it quickly grew to four locations and over 25,000 loans with a near 100 percent return rate.

Categories: Economics

How to Bootstrap a Bossless Organization in 3 Easy Steps

May 20, 2016 - 05:44

Org chart for the Loomio cooperative in April 2016

Categories: Economics

11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

May 18, 2016 - 12:00

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.

Categories: Economics

Eugene Tiny House Villages Model Innovative Solutions to Homelessness

May 17, 2016 - 07:44

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. “Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go,” she says.

Categories: Economics

Superpublic: A New Coworking Space to Connect Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors in San Francisco

May 16, 2016 - 07:41

A new coworking space in San Francisco aims to bring all levels of government together with businesses, nonprofits and universities to create solutions to San Francisco's problems. 

Categories: Economics

Look Out, Coworking. Here Comes Big Money

May 13, 2016 - 08:16

When a small group of coworking enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas in 2008, they knew they were on to something special. They couldn’t have known, however, that their budding movement would turn into a global industry. But, turn into an industry it has, complete with big money, corporate involvement, and a strong focus on scale. As the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) executive director Liz Elam said at last week’s conference in downtown Los Angeles, “If you’re not thinking about growth, you’re not thinking.”

Categories: Economics

Co-Designing the Crowdfunded Sharing City

May 12, 2016 - 09:09

London. Photo credit: barnyz via / CC BY-NC-ND.

From clothing to housing, design touches every aspect of our life. But as our world grows more connected, the role of designers is changing. In a recent conference in Amsterdam, Design & the City, designers explored a new sense of professional identity.

Categories: Economics

New Book Gives Rare Insider View of Sharing City Seoul

May 11, 2016 - 07:09

A new ebook from Creative Commons Korea (CC Korea) provides an insider’s view into Sharing City, Seoul, a pioneering, city-wide sharing initiative.

Categories: Economics

One Family’s Move From Cohousing to a Smaller, Tighter Community

May 10, 2016 - 07:07

This is the story of Rebecca Reid, her family, and their decision to move from a cohousing community to a farmhouse. Reid is a grandmother, a farmer, and a photographer who thinks that community is the answer, and has been trying to prove it for years. She lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with her chosen family, and is very happy. Article cross-published from

Categories: Economics

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Host an Alternative Gift Fair

May 9, 2016 - 14:01

This piece was written by Julie Welles for The Center for a New American Dream. 

Categories: Economics

The Complete Guide to Hosting a #MapJam in Your City

May 9, 2016 - 13:05

The next round of the global #MapJam takes place June 5-11, during #GlobalSharingWeek. Join a Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. PST by clicking on this link:

Categories: Economics

14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events

May 5, 2016 - 10:01

Organizing a local sharing event is a great opportunity to bring people together and cultivate a culture of cooperation in your community. Whether it's a one-off skillshare or an annual ShareFest, events show people that sustainable, reciprocal societies are possible — and they're a lot of fun too.

Categories: Economics