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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: / 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

Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day

July 2, 2014 - 09:13

As the final project for her Food Studies master's degree at New York University, Leanne Brown decided to write a cookbook for eating healthy on $4 a day -- the amount of money that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka "food stamps") recipients must live on. "I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself," she notes. "Even though food stamps help millions of people across the United States every day, benefits were reduced in November despite rising food prices.

Categories: Economics

Seed Grant Superstars: 200+ Projects Sprout in All Shapes & Places

July 1, 2014 - 16:24

Because we know sharing projects are tough to get off the ground, we believe it’s so important to support these projects early on, especially in communities with fewer financial resources. By doing a successful sharing project together that addresses real needs with creativity, community and fun, a crucial step is realized in building a sharing city.

Categories: Economics

5 US Cities Begin Building Cooperative Economies

June 30, 2014 - 09:08

Top image: Jacksonville, Florida. Credit: Krazy Diamnd. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

Will Detroit's Water Be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?

June 27, 2014 - 14:22

When it comes to a person’s fundamental needs being met - nothing is more basic and human, than to share.  Right now the people of Detroit are being attacked by an unelected regime that represents the interests of the banks and large corporations. Their latest campaign has been to turn residents’ water off.

Categories: Economics

Building a (Shared) Community: Asheville ShareFest Goes Off!

June 26, 2014 - 10:45

The Big (Sharing) Day

Categories: Economics

Challenges & Opportunities of a Shared Economy in Melbourne

June 26, 2014 - 10:38
I hosted the Sharing Economy Leaders Forum on Thursday 29th May at Henley Club Melbourne.   This event brought together 25 sharing innovators to discuss the vision for Melbourne to become a Sharing City, identify common opportunities and challenges, plus facilitate introductions and networking.
Categories: Economics

Rebuilding Detroit Two House Auctions at a Time

June 25, 2014 - 08:56

By now, everyone knows the plight of blight that Detroit, Michigan has faced over the last decades. With sky-high unemployment rates and a dwindling population, one of the Motor City's most visible under-utilized assets are the vacant houses and lots that litter once-vibrant neighborhoods. The Detroit Land Bank, through its Building Detroit program, is trying to turn that around by auctioning off homes across the city -- two per day, every day of the week.

Categories: Economics

The Occupy Portraits: A Photo Essay

June 25, 2014 - 08:41

Above: Los Angeles - What Marco hopes for: "... free education."

Categories: Economics