This story was originally published at re:form, a new design publication on Medium. Illustrations by Susie Cagle.
The first time I rode my bike from my new house in Oakland, I felt hopeful.
I sped down the smooth hill, clad in new bike gloves and helmet, official city bike map in my front pants pocket.
By the time I arrived downtown, less than three miles away, I’d dodged five very close-cutting cars, a half-dozen errant pedestrians, and more potholes than I could count.
Sharing Week is in full-swing in the Netherlands. Running until October 15th, with events throughout the country, primarily at Seats2meet coworking locations, it’s an opportunity to celebrate sharing, discuss challenges and opportunities, and envision sharing’s bright future. This is the second Sharing Week, which comes hot on the heels of the first one held in June.
Since early August, the tragic killing of Mike Brown has caught fire in the news. It’s no surprise that mainstream media has limited the conversation to this one isolated incident. But it leaves a crucial void of voices for change that are working to solve the economic inequalities that create racial injustice in the first place.
With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul's metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the Sharing City, Seoul projects, at both the community- and municipal-level, that form this new sharing mega-city.
To create vibrant communities, people need to share in the decisions that affect them. This is true for neighborhoods, cities, and beyond.
Participatory budgeting, in which people decide together how a portion of a government's (or organization's) budget is spent, is a proven way to give decision-making power to the people. It enables citizens to play an active role in shaping their community and creates more transparent governments.
Starting next Monday, October 13th and continuing through the end of the month, groups are coming together all over the world in pursuit of a shared goal. We want to map every city to make visible the economic transformation that’s already happening, connect it and organize for collective power.
Photo credit: TED.
1. Amanda Burden: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work
Ridesharing, in its many forms, is a fun and practical aspect of the sharing economy. It's a way to reduce your carbon footprint, meet like-minded people, save money, and support new and innovative ways of getting around. It's a great way to enter the sharing lifestyle.
International #RideSharingDay is a celebration of all things ridesharing. Celebrated around the world on October 10th, the event, now in its seventh year, serves as a reminder of the importance of rethinking our methods of transportation.
Top image: A bland transit hub in LA. It doesn't have to be this way. Credit: Frederick Dennstedt.
In late June, Freelancers Union unveiled a national benefits platform to help independent American workers gain access to affordable insurance for health care, disability, term life, dental, liability, and retirement.
New Economy Week: October 13-19th, 2014
On September 21, 400,000 people from all walks of life arrived in New York City for the People's Climate March. The slogan of the march was simply, “To change everything, we need everyone.”
The People’s Climate March was a powerful breakthrough, not just because practically everyone did show up, but because of the growing awareness among climate activists that we do need “to change everything.”
In 2012, a group of 18 young people from Hampshire College set off to ride their bikes from San Francisco back home to Amherst, Massachusetts. Dubbed Co-Cycle, the group planned to visit coops along the route to learn from them and create a network of cooperatives. Three months and 15 states later, they arrived safely. Through it all, Emma Thatcher was there documenting the journey for the film To the Moon.
On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.
Cross-posted from Bollier.org. Originally published on September 11, 2014.
Attracting 450 people for a day of workshops, discussion, brainstorming, information-sharing, panels, art, music and dancing, ShareFest Porto Alegre was a great success. In true sharing style, the event was a group project from its inception, with organizers deciding that it should be as collaborative as possible, from the planning stages up.
Sharing economy advocacy group Peers announced today the hiring of Shelby Clark as it's new executive director.
Shelby, an early employee of Kiva, founded the peer-to-peer carsharing service RelayRides, which operates carsharing marketplaces in 2,300 U.S. cities. Clark will continue to serve as a Board Member of that company.
Lyft's ridesharing vehicles are known by their pink stick-on mustaches. (Lyft via Kansas City Business Journal)
The tiny house movement is booming. There are off-grid tiny houses, Airbnb tiny houses, tiny house villages and now a tiny house hotel. The first of its kind (we believe), Caravan Tiny House Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, comprises six tiny houses in the Alberta Arts District.