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How to Convert Facebook Fans to E-mail Subscribers in 5 Easy Steps

July 15, 2014 - 18:48

Have you put a lot of effort into building your organization's Facebook Fan Page? Do you want to make the most of the chance to engage supporters and - given declining organic Facebook reach - ensure you can communicate directly with them in the future?

Categories: Economics

New York City to Make Historic Investment in Worker Cooperatives

July 15, 2014 - 12:03

The Big Apple got behind cooperatives in a small, yet historic way this past month with the adoption of a budget that includes a $1.2 million dollar fund to support the development of worker owned cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

The Great Promise of Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives

July 15, 2014 - 09:09

Top image credit: Daryl I / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization?

July 14, 2014 - 10:11

Above: Governance by Networks. Credit: Thierry Erhmann

Categories: Economics

ShareFest Supports a Culture of Sharing in Youngstown

July 14, 2014 - 08:22

The Mahoning Valley ShareFest in Youngstown, Ohio brought together over 60 people for an afternoon of sharing skills, knowledge, passions, books, clothing and hobbies. Hosted by lead organizer and Timebank Mahoning Watershed board member Tony Budak, as well as numerous volunteers, the event featured dozens of local organizations aligned with the mission to showcase local collaborative giving and receiving.

Categories: Economics

Co-production Wales Empowers Users to Co-create Better Public Services

July 14, 2014 - 07:50

Vale People First, a local self-advocacy group for and by people with learning disabilities in Vale, organized their own conference, pictured here with the Mayor

Co-production in Public Services: a Welsh Story

Categories: Economics

Worker Coop Academy Launches Bay Area Pilot Program

July 14, 2014 - 07:41

Worker-owned cooperatives, far from being relics of 1960s counter-culture, are re-emerging as powerful tools for creating a new economy based on equity. But how does one help grow the cooperative movement when the vast majority of jobs are still built on the often undemocratic private ownership model? The Worker Coop Academy aims to answer that question.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Network Launches Pilot Fellowship Program

July 11, 2014 - 10:52

Over the past year and a half Shareable has launched head first into nurturing the growth of an organic grassroots movement in communities around the globe. After listening to organizers and groups working at the local level, there was a unified call for two resources that were needed but didn’t exist: a community of practice to learn from experiments by peers and seed funding for new initiatives to take root and flourish in underrepresented parts of the US and the world.

Categories: Economics

The Birth of a Freestore

July 10, 2014 - 10:00

We all suffer from a deficit of stories in many areas of our lives, especially with our things. How can we experiment with gifting in our communities to re-animate material objects with stories of relationship, and why does this matter? One community is exploring this question by the creation of a FreeStore.

Categories: Economics

Shareable Launches Sharing Cities Fellowship Program

July 9, 2014 - 09:16

Over the past year and a half Shareable has launched head first into nurturing the growth of an organic grassroots movement in communities around the globe. After listening to organizers and groups working at the local level, there was a unified call for two resources that were needed but didn’t exist: a community of practice to learn from experiments by peers and seed funding for new initiatives to take root and flourish in underrepresented parts of the US and the world.

Categories: Economics

8 Pearls of Wisdom from Successful Social Entrepreneurs

July 9, 2014 - 07:02

Top image credit: dpict.info / Foter / CC BY-NC 2.0.

These days, social entrepreneurs have many resources to draw on. The path to success has been blazed time and again. And there's a robust ecosystem to support them. But what about those early pioneers, the mission-driven business leaders who first took aim at the triple-bottom line and, sometimes, missed the mark? What advice did they get?

Categories: Economics

Secret Pool Brings Public Art to Mojave Desert

July 9, 2014 - 06:54

Top image: Social Pool.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Most people would say yes. But, if a pool waits in a desert and no one is there to enjoy it, does it make a difference? Alfredo Barsuglia thinks so or, at least, the Austrian-born artist hopes so.

Categories: Economics

New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

July 8, 2014 - 08:39

Top image credit: Illumination Fund.

Obesity and diabetes often plague cities. Such is the case for New York City where 40 percent of school kids are considered obese. One of the main drivers in New York and other cities is the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in low income communities.

Categories: Economics

11 Projects That Prove Affordable Housing Can Be Beautiful

July 7, 2014 - 15:35

Well-designed affordable housing is not an oxymoron. To the contrary, the best social housing being designed and built today features a combination of creative social programming, cutting-edge sustainability strategies, and a keen aesthetic awareness to rival anything available on the private market. We've collected eleven of the most innovative examples of recent affordable housing projects from around the globe, from a repurposed soap factory in Brussels to a sand-bag based modern home for former shack dwellers in South Africa.

Categories: Economics

11 Affordable Housing Alternatives for City Dwellers

July 7, 2014 - 10:00

Inside Rainbow Mansion coliving community: Alexander Van Dijk

Categories: Economics

Goteo: Cloudfunding the Commons

July 7, 2014 - 08:12

Ever wanted to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign but didn't have money to spare? Goteo, a now mature crowdfunding website for social and open source projects out of Spain, allows campaigners to crowdsource their outstanding balance through non-financial means, resulting in what the founders call "cloudfunding."

Categories: Economics

NeturalWalk Links People, Nature and Innovation in Southern Italy

July 5, 2014 - 17:56

Building an organic connection with rural environments can be challenging for some, but a walk through the hills for others. In an effort to bring innovators to the countryside, I started the rural co-working space, Casa Netural, in Matera, Italy.

While cities can be productive hubs, they can also be overstimulating, crowded, and stressful. Alternatively, the country provides fresh air, space to create, and natural inspiration.

Categories: Economics

Detroit Volunteers Plant Roots for Nation's Largest Urban Tree Farm

July 3, 2014 - 09:06

When John Hantz first moved to Detroit over 20 years ago, the city was thriving. But, over the two decades since his arrival, Hantz witnessed a devastating decline in his adopted hometown while his financial services conglomerate, Hantz Group, was going gangbusters. So, Hantz decided to put some of his money where his heart is -- Detroit. 

Categories: Economics

Survey Says American Dream Isn't What You Think

July 3, 2014 - 08:20

Above is a summary of key findings. Credit: Center for a New American Dream

The Center for a New American Dream and PolicyInteractive recently release the results of a national survey about, that's right, the American Dream.  The upshot of the research is that quality of life is significantly more important to Americans than simply acquiring wealth.  Today, the American Dream is primarily about personal freedom, meeting basic needs, and achieving one's potential.

Categories: Economics