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International Team Kicks off Sharing Cities Book Project

January 20, 2016 - 12:56

Graphic recording of a recent Shareable-hosted discussion on sharing cities.

Categories: Economics

Think Tank SUMC Releases Shared Mobility Guide for Cities

January 20, 2016 - 08:08

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) recently released its new Shared-Use Mobility Reference Guide. Over the course of 44 pages, the group outlines their research findings in the areas of bikesharing, carsharing, ridesourcing, microtransit, and other shared transportation platforms. The goal? To help municipal and community leaders make better decisions when it comes to transit options.

The guide includes:

Categories: Economics

Sacramento’s Library of Things Shares More than Books

January 19, 2016 - 07:41

Checking out musical instruments at the Library of Things. Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

What if the next time you needed a sewing machine, or screen printer, or even a GoPro camera, you just went down to your public library and borrowed it?

That’s the idea behind the Library of Things. The visionary project, which is located in the Sacramento library system’s Arcade branch, enables people to borrow goods just like they would a book—by checking them out with their library card.

Categories: Economics

The Earthships Have Landed: Inside New Mexico's Off-Grid Community Made from Trash

January 19, 2016 - 06:09

Photo credit: sarowen via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from YES! magazine.

Categories: Economics

Denver’s Green Taxi Co-op Fights for its Right to Compete with Uber

January 18, 2016 - 08:42

Nervous chatter in many different languages filled the hallways outside Hearing Room A in downtown Denver last week, where the Public Utilities Commission heard testimony to decide whether incumbents like Metro Taxi will have to face a bold new player in the Denver metro transportation marketplace.

Categories: Economics

Affordable Housing Innovator Alejandro Aravena Wins Top Architecture Award

January 15, 2016 - 11:29

Architect Alejandro Aravena. (Cristobal Palma / courtesy ELEMENTAL)

Categories: Economics

The Good Life? It’s Close to Home

January 13, 2016 - 10:06

Photo: K_Gradinger. Article cross-posted from YES! magazine. Written by John McKnight & Peter Block .

When family members do not work or live well together we sometimes call the family dysfunctional. We prescribe professional help for the family or advocate for social policies that would support it — child care, parental leave, extended unemployment insurance, debt forgiveness.

Categories: Economics

This Small Japanese Town is Modeling Zero Waste for the World

January 13, 2016 - 08:54

What would a Zero Waste world look like and how do we get there?

One small Japanese town is showing the world that Zero Waste begins with a community-wide commitment to reduce waste.

Kamikatsu, a town of 1,700, wants to become the country’s first Zero Waste community by 2020. At this point, it’s well on its way, recycling 80 percent of its waste, with the remaining 20 percent going to a landfill.

Categories: Economics

The Top 12 Coworking Conferences of 2016

January 12, 2016 - 08:26

GCUC USA, 2015. Photo by the author. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter

As coworking grows at a remarkable rate, so too does the number of people interested in connecting with other coworking space operators, enthusiasts, and visionaries.

Categories: Economics

How to Save Gadgets from the Landfill with a Restart Party

January 12, 2016 - 08:02

Top photo: Photo: Restart Project / Heather Agyepong. Follow Cat Johnson on Twitter

Categories: Economics

What Is Worker Cooperative Development?

January 11, 2016 - 07:56

Photo credit: dullhunk via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from GEO.

Categories: Economics

How to Boost Your Happiness with Gratitude in 3 Easy Steps

January 11, 2016 - 07:54

Photo credit: MTSOfan via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from Gratitude Revealed.

Categories: Economics

The Enlivenment Manifesto: Politics and Poetics in the Anthropocene

January 6, 2016 - 11:51

Article by Hildegard Kurt and Andreas Weber, author of the new book The Biology of WonderCross-posted from Solutions Journal.

A man and a woman
Are one.   
A man and a woman and a blackbird   
Are one.

Excerpted from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens

Enlivenment in Brief

Categories: Economics

Italian Diary Archive Rewrites History from the Bottom Up through a Personal Story Commons

January 6, 2016 - 09:00

The Archive is home to deeply touching personal works, including this autobiography written on a bedsheet. Photo: Samuel Webster

Categories: Economics

For a Richer Life, Get Rid of Your Excess Stuff

January 5, 2016 - 07:13

Despite advertising messages that assure us happiness is to be found in our next purchase, the opposite tends to be true as mountains of stuff, clutter and debt leave us stressed and unfulfilled.

Categories: Economics

8 Cargo Bike-sharing Programs in Europe

January 4, 2016 - 08:49

Photo credit: Mikael Colville-Andersen 

Categories: Economics

Fork the Economy

January 4, 2016 - 07:44

I've given up on fixing the economy. The economy is not broken. It's simply unjust. There's a difference.

We have to stop looking at our economy as a broken system, but one that is working absolutely true to its original design. It's time to be progressive -- and this means initiating systemic changes.

Categories: Economics

Sarantaporo Residents Create Commons in Rural Greece Through a DIY Wireless Mesh Network

January 3, 2016 - 05:44

The story of Sarantaporo's DIY wireless network is one worth telling and sharing. Filmmaking collective Personal Cinema is attempting to do just that. It is very close to successfully completing their crowdfunding campaign needed to finish their documentary about a mesh network deep in rural Greece.

Categories: Economics

Top 10 P2P Trends of 2015

December 30, 2015 - 07:49

Article cross-posted from P2P Foundation. Photo: Lendingmemo.

Categories: Economics