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Coworking Week Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Coworking

August 3, 2015 - 07:00

Ten years ago this month, Brad Neuberg created coworking. He hosted a regular gathering in San Francisco, with a few card tables and chairs, and invited people to come work alongside him. Neuberg went on to co-found the coworking space Citizen Space, and a movement was born. There are now over 3,000 coworking spaces around the world and more being created every day.

Categories: Economics

How To Transform Plastic “Waste” into a Bottle Brick

July 29, 2015 - 08:50

Bottle Bricks are a simple and accessible technology that can transform everyday plastic materials into a useful building material – plastic bottles stuffed full of trash until they are as compact as bricks.

Categories: Economics

$1.6 Million Low-Income Carsharing Pilot Headed to L.A.

July 29, 2015 - 07:58

Article and image cross-posted from the SUMC blogPhoto credit: Mariordo.

Categories: Economics

Top 10 Presentations From OuiShare Fest 2015

July 28, 2015 - 08:41

OuiShare Fest is an international gathering in Paris of sharing economy pioneers, enthusiasts and organizers. This year’s fest, which ran May 20-22, featured panels, presentations and discussions that explored numerous aspects of the sharing economy, collaboration, technological developments, and human connectedness. Here are 10 of the top presentations, as chosen by our friends at OuiShare.

1. Nick Grossman: Bringing Collaborative Platforms to Market

Categories: Economics

Conference Aims to Further the Urban Commons Movement

July 28, 2015 - 07:13

On November 6-7 in Bologna, Italy, leading scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and social innovators will gather to further the discussion and movement around the urban commons.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Mass Mosaic's Eric Doriean on the FairShares Alternative

July 27, 2015 - 07:07

Mass Mosaic is an online forum for buying, selling, trading, renting, or borrowing goods and services. (Mass Mosaic via Facebook)

Categories: Economics

The Commons Have Come to Town

July 22, 2015 - 08:49

Article and images cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

New Platform to Unify the Student-Led Zero Waste Movement

July 21, 2015 - 07:41

Hitting zero waste on a college campus is a big undertaking, but one organization wants to make it easier. The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), based at the University of New Hampshire, was created to “help build student-led, self-sustaining waste-reduction programs at universities nationwide.” They’re now crowdfunding a platform to make sharing zero waste resources easier.

Categories: Economics

Transition Streets is taking off!

July 21, 2015 - 04:40

Transition Streets is a toolkit for neighborhood transformation—a catalyst for action, dialogue, and community building. A project of Transition US, Transition Streets is as simple as neighbors coming together for seven meetings to explore carbon-saving and resilience-building actions in the areas of food, water, waste, energy, transportation, all the while building relationships with each other and a stronger sense of community.

Categories: Economics

How To Start A Social Street

July 20, 2015 - 06:59

by Chiara Camponeschi and Hillete Warner

There are countless ways vibrant neighbourhoods and strong communities help people live better lives. In the age of “connected loneliness,” having neighbours to borrow that proverbial cup of sugar from is not only a way to share resources more effectively, but a great way to see the neighbourhood itself transformed into a powerful resource in its own right.

Categories: Economics

New York Coop Creates Permanently Affordable, Commercial Real Estate

July 20, 2015 - 06:45

Faced with the rising rents of commercial properties in cities, one New York organization is modeling a way for people to invest in permanently affordable, commercial real estate. The New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) leverages patient crowdfunding—small investments by a large number of people over time—to turn vacant municipal properties into sustainable community resources.

Categories: Economics

New Book Does a Deep Dive Into Running a Seed Library

July 15, 2015 - 08:27

For years, Cindy Conner was the go-to resource for people in her Virginia county interested in organic gardening. Author of Grow a Sustainable Diet, Conner is a longtime seed saver, seed sharer, grower and teacher who was farming organically long before the word "organic" was adopted by the mainstream. It was commonplace for her to receive calls from all over the county about getting started with organic seeds and practices.

Categories: Economics

Will Low-Income Residents Benefit Most from P2P Carsharing?

July 14, 2015 - 08:39

Article and image cross-posted from the Shared-Use Mobility Center blog.

The news about Getaround’s recent launch in Washington, DC is only the latest sign that peer-to-peer carsharing -- which allows owners to rent their vehicles to others at an hourly rate -- is on the rise.

Categories: Economics

This Small, New York Farm Dismantles Oppressive Food Systems

July 14, 2015 - 08:04

Photo by Capers Rumph

On a small farm in Grafton New York, a group of people are dismantling oppressive food systems in low-income communities and getting farm-fresh produce to people with limited access to healthy food.

Categories: Economics

7 Ways to Create a More Democratic Nonprofit

July 14, 2015 - 07:47

by Cat Johnson with input from Chris Tittle, Director of Organizational Resilience at the Sustainable Economies Law Center

For many people, going to work involves a lot of doing what the boss says. Worker cooperatives provide an alternative to this top-down model by extending ownership of a company to the employees, but there are ways to bring democracy into your workplace or organization without formally structuring yourself as a cooperative.

Categories: Economics

16 Tips to Crowdfund a Tool Library In Your Town

July 13, 2015 - 07:30

Tool libraries are much-loved community resources, and for good reason: they expand access to tools, save members money, and strengthen relationships between neighbors.

However, they aren't easy to start, but that's changing. New fundraising, social media, and inventory management tools are making it easier to start, promote, and manage them. Crowdfunding is emerging as a powerful way to start or expand a tool library.

Categories: Economics

Repairing Our Broken Economy Through Community Wealth Building

July 13, 2015 - 06:56

In 2013, Boeing threatened to move production of its new airplane out of Seattle if it didn’t receive the government handouts it wanted. The deal, which was the largest state tax break in U.S. history, squeezes $8.7 billion in tax breaks out of the state. As one Seattle councilperson said, “The company held not only Boeing workers, but the entire state’s economy their endless desire for profit.”

This is just one example of how economic development is broken, driven by large corporations focused on maximizing shareholder profits at the expense of all else.

Categories: Economics

The WE-economy: Value Creation in the Age of Networks

July 8, 2015 - 08:35

Underlying the collaborative economy are a handful of very strong and general trends that are challenging the conventional business models in just about every sector of the economy—not just in the types of transactions that we usually think of as the sharing economy.

Categories: Economics

Not-for-profit Grocery Store Makes Wholesome Food Accessible to All

July 8, 2015 - 08:06

Photo: Daily Table

As Whole Foods get slammed in the press for overcharging customers, a not-for-profit grocery store is modeling a different way of selling food. Daily Table in Dorchester, Massachusetts collects excess food from a network of growers, supermarkets, manufacturers and suppliers, and offers it at steep discounts to shoppers.

Categories: Economics

Want to Shake Up Your Work Day? Try Coworking in a Tree

July 7, 2015 - 07:22

TreeXOffice is designed to give back to the trees. Photo: Groundwork London

Coworking is all the rage these days, with spaces popping up faster than one can keep track of. And within the growing coworking movement, there is something for everyone. There are coworking spaces that double as climbing gyms, coworking spaces for artists, coworking spaces in houses, and now, coworking spaces in trees.

Categories: Economics