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Bright, Ambitious Future for Sharing Cities in the New Year

December 29, 2016 - 10:06

Here at Shareable, we're huge advocates for "Sharing Cities." Since our founding, we've connected thousands of people interested in sharing and published hundreds of stories about how cities can help them share more. But readers have frequently asked us, “What does Sharing Cities mean? Why are they important today?”

That's why we've been working with 20 researchers, community organizers, and policy experts from 10 countries to crowdsource a book about Sharing Cities. We’ll be releasing our new book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons," early next year.

Categories: Economics

Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

December 28, 2016 - 13:55

One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health. It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die. It’s your zip code. 

This fact has sent shockwaves across the county. The chief aspiration of American democracy is that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet medical evidence shows that people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods face greater health and mortality risks.

Categories: Economics

5 Group Decision Making Resources from Loomio

December 27, 2016 - 07:49

Group decision making has long been one of the big challenges of cooperative organizations. Groups may be able to reach a decision quickly, or, they may spend six hours debating whether to serve beer or kombucha at the next event.

Categories: Economics

What's Next for the #BuyTwitter Campaign

December 22, 2016 - 15:07

The #BuyTwitter campaign began back in September when thousands of Twitter users excitedly latched on to the idea of buying Twitter and converting it into a user-owned cooperative. The idea was sparked by an op-ed in The Guardian penned by Nathan Schneider, author and platform co-ops expert, as speculations of a Twitter sale were making headlines. 

Categories: Economics

Inspiring Reasons Why Readers Like YOU Give to Shareable

December 22, 2016 - 14:21

During this time of year, you're probably getting fundraising appeals from many worthy nonprofits. And you may be asking, why should I donate to Shareable?

We recently reached out to a few supporters to learn why they donate. Below is what they said. If you feel similarly inspired, we invite you to join them by donating today.

Categories: Economics

New ‘Canned Salmon’ E-Book Serves as an Important Manual for 21st Century Living

December 22, 2016 - 12:13

If its name sounds unconventional and a bit intriguing, readers of “Canned Salmon: Dialogues on the Common Goodwill” no doubt confirm those labels when they open this newly released e-book. Part social science textbook, part historical tract and part instructive handbook, “Canned Salmon” serves as a sort of contemporary manual for the alternative choices Americans who are young, old and in-between can make to live more fulfilling lives now and in the decades to come.

Categories: Economics

How Small Cities Can Get Big Benefits from Flexible Bikesharing

December 22, 2016 - 08:32

Big cities, such as New York City, are celebrated for their successful bikesharing programs, with thousands of bikes and hundreds of smart docking stations. For smaller cities and towns, however, this is not a practical model.

Categories: Economics

Re-writing the Core Code of Business: Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff

December 21, 2016 - 08:18

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and most recently Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.

He recently authored a chapter of the new book on platform co-ops, Ours to Hack and Own, in which he states:

Categories: Economics

Introducing the 'Teaching Community Technology Handbook'

December 20, 2016 - 10:13

The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) is excited to present the “Teaching Community Technology Handbook.” This 100+ page handbook will take you through the history of popular education while offering a step-by-step guide to developing community rooted technology workshops and curricula. The handbook introduces Community Technology as a series of educational practices, combining theories and methods by Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, Grace Lee Boggs, Bernice McCarthy, Susan Morris, Grant P.

Categories: Economics

Shareable's Top 10 Posts of 2016

December 20, 2016 - 08:01

2016 has been quite a year. Here at Shareable, we have a renewed focus on covering sharing-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time including economic inequality, climate change, social isolation, and more. Looking back on the most popular Shareable posts of the year offers hope for a more connected, human-centric world as our readers consistently gravitate to stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things in their communities.

Categories: Economics

How Shareable Inspires Change

December 19, 2016 - 13:07

Earlier this year, during the development of our strategic plan, we conducted a reader survey to evaluate the impact of our storytelling. We wanted to learn who is reading Shareable, and why.

Categories: Economics

These Workers are Celebrating 20 Years of Shared Bread and Shared Ownership

December 19, 2016 - 12:28

Workers in California are taking economic change into their own hands. The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is one of the shining examples of how shared ownership empowers workers and builds community. For the past 20 years, the association, comprised of six bakeries, has been innovating the way business is done. What’s its recipe for success? It turns out that it is more than just tasty treats: Each bakery is democratically-owned and governed by its workers.

Categories: Economics

9 Ways to Experience More Joy With Less Stuff This Holiday Season

December 16, 2016 - 11:46

As many of us know all too well, the year-end holidays — meant to be a time of peace, reflection, and celebration — too often exhaust us rather than uplift us. That’s why the Center for a New American Dream provides fun and inspiring resources designed to help folks escape the shopping, spending, and frenzied preparations that have become synonymous with the season. This year, let’s focus on more joy, less stress; more love, less waste; and more fun, less stuff.

Here are some resources to simplify the holidays:

Categories: Economics

8 Ways to Engage Your Community During Challenging Times

December 15, 2016 - 08:57

During challenging times, community becomes, not just nice, but essential. Spending time together energizes, connects, and unites us. Here are eight ways to engage your community, find common ground, and move beyond differences.

1. Start a Gift Circle

Categories: Economics

Global Network of Mayors Join Forces to Combat Climate Change and Inequality

December 13, 2016 - 16:05

Cities around the world face the effects of climate change and wealth inequality. To address these pressing, global issues many mayors are stepping up as powerful, and vital, voices for creating low carbon, healthy cities that address climate as well as social issues.

Categories: Economics

New Report Says the Number of Coworking Spaces Grew Over 10x in 5 Years

December 13, 2016 - 15:57

In 2011, there were 1,130 coworking spaces with 43,000 members.

Categories: Economics

A New Path for Shareable

December 13, 2016 - 11:52
Dear readers,   We have exciting news.  
Categories: Economics

How to Find and Support Trustworthy Journalism

December 13, 2016 - 10:02

If you are hungry for news you can trust, journalism that helps you make decisions about your community, reporting that holds power to account, then this is for you. This is my personal advice for people who want to support journalism that matters. It is just a starting point, it is not comprehensive, and it’ll become stronger and more useful if you add your ideas to it. Use the comments to add your list of newsrooms you subscribe to and support.

Categories: Economics

Take Back the Music - with Platform Co-ops

December 12, 2016 - 07:23

At least since Taylor Swift pulled her music off Spotify in 2014, entrepreneurs have been working on a new generation of music streaming services that compensate artists fairly. An interview with Resonate founder Peter Harris, who is determined to make the music industry more transparent, fair, and inclusive.

Francesca Pick: “Get paid for every play” is one of the mottos of Resonate. What is this project about?

Categories: Economics

How I Stopped Mindlessly Buying Things

December 7, 2016 - 10:18

I was only just beginning to think about fast fashion and how strange it was that clothes appeared to be getting cheaper while the rest of life grew more expensive.

Categories: Economics