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.
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.
Interviewed: Stocksy's Brianna Wettlaufer and Nuno Silva on Building a Cooperative Stock Photo Platform
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Org chart for the Loomio cooperative in April 2016
As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.
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.
Superpublic: A New Coworking Space to Connect Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors in San Francisco
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.
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.”
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.
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 ic.org.
This piece was written by Julie Welles for The Center for a New American Dream.
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: https://zoom.us/j/225618826.
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.