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How OpenMedia is Crowdsourcing its Activism

July 19, 2016 - 05:30

There’s no question that the internet has ushered in a renaissance in building advocacy movements. We now have a number of platforms to coordinate global activism campaigns and connect large bases of supporters. But in spite of all the technological developments, there’s been scant public discourse among organizers and campaigners about the strategies they employ to win support for their causes.

Categories: Economics

Placemaking Around the World: 10 Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Public Spaces

July 18, 2016 - 11:01

Placemaking is an approach to improving public space by inspiring and empowering people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the spaces around them as community resources and gathering places.

Categories: Economics

Michel Bauwens Explains the Great Value-Shift of Our Time

July 18, 2016 - 09:42

Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

New Report: Smartphone Apps May Change Transportation More Than Expected

July 13, 2016 - 09:30

As you've probably noticed, smartphone apps are having a big impact on transportation. A new report, Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies, by the U.S. Department of Transportation and UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center provides a comprehensive overview of the growing number of apps influencing travel choices and is meant as a primer for policymakers.

Categories: Economics

Germany Joins Europe's Bike Highway Revolution

July 13, 2016 - 08:18

Photo courtesy of RS1.

Leave it to Germany to build a bicycle autobahn that connect 10 cities within its borders. The goal? To take some 50,000 vehicles off the actual highways and make commuting by bike a much easier -- and safer -- proposition.

Categories: Economics

New Guide Explores the Past and Bright Future of Coliving

July 12, 2016 - 05:30

As coworking explodes in popularity, its parallel movement, co-living, is being touted as the next disruption of surplus space. At its essence, co-living offers shared living space and amenities, more housemates than the typical roommate situation, access to a network of properties, and flexible lease options that allow long and short-term residents to live side by side.

Categories: Economics

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

July 11, 2016 - 07:44

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

July 11, 2016 - 07:42

A few times a year, we round up the top new books about cities, sharing, collaboration, social tech, movement trends and more. Here are 21 books worth checking out for Shareable summer reading.

Categories: Economics

Open-data Hactivists Help Taipei Craft Regulatory Response to Uber

July 6, 2016 - 12:58

Taipei taxi operators, representatives of Uber, Inc., government officials, and Taiwanese citizens worked together to develop a regulatory approach to Uber. (Tomás Fano / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

New Ridesharing Alternatives Thrive After Uber Leaves Austin

July 6, 2016 - 11:53

There are numerous reasons to be critical of the corporate "sharing economy," which claims to democratize work and enable people to share assets. Companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Taskrabbit facilitate peer-to-peer access to various services for customers, and promise an easy income for their contract workers. But along with the convenience come some hazards for those involved.

Categories: Economics

Forming a Worker Coop: LLC or Cooperative Corporation?

July 6, 2016 - 10:52

Article and image cross-posted from the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Authored by Sara Stephens. 

We want to create a worker cooperative. What legal entity should we form?

Categories: Economics

The Commons as a Living Process: David Bollier on Transforming Our System

July 5, 2016 - 08:59

In his recent paper, Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm, author, activist and commons scholar David Bollier argues that the commons, which he describes as “at once a paradigm, a discourse, an ethic, and a set of social practices,” holds great promise in transcending the conundrum of imagining and building a “radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change.”

Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Technology Writer

June 29, 2016 - 09:48

Do you like writing about the role of technology in society? Are you a critical thinker with a public interest point of view? We've got a great gig for you.

We're looking for a freelance reporter to regularly file stories on the latest news about the intersection of technology and sharing, including open-source tools, platform co-ops, crowdsourcing, open government, urban tech, and other technologies. We're seeking a reporter who has deep knowledge of the space and a keen interest in learning more.

Other key skills:

Categories: Economics

The Chicago Honey Co-op Works with a Hive Mind

June 29, 2016 - 07:08

Bees are essential to food production. In response to the massive, global colony collapse problem, myriad urban beekeeping organizations have cropped up around the country. One such group, the Chicago Honey Co-op, was founded in 2004 and continues to expand its operations. 

Categories: Economics

The People’s Railway: A Cooperative Opportunity?

June 28, 2016 - 09:20

Article and image cross-posted from Stir to Action

Categories: Economics

Connecting the Dots the P2P Way: The Commons As the Response to the Structural Crises of the Global System

June 27, 2016 - 07:03

Article cross-posted from Commons Transition. Originally published in Truthout as part of the Connecting the Dots Series, a campaign by our colleagues at TheRules.org. All images by Aotaro.

Categories: Economics

Youngsters Get in on the Little Free Movement with a Lego Library

June 27, 2016 - 03:59

There’s something about Little Free Libraries. The idea is remarkably simple, and yet it has grown into an international movement that boasts over 40,000 branches in 70 countries around the world—and those are just the officially registered Little Free Library ones.

Categories: Economics

RegenVillage Almere: A Self-sufficient Neighborhood to Generate its Own Food and Energy

June 27, 2016 - 01:32

What if you could generate all the food and energy you need without ever leaving your neighborhood? That’s the vision for ReGen Villages and its first project being built in Almere, Netherlands (a suburb outside of Amsterdam).

Categories: Economics

Inside the Little Free Pantry: a Q&A with its Creator

June 22, 2016 - 07:28

Earlier this month, Shareable posted a short article about the Little Free Pantry in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Created by Jessica McClard, the Pantry is an easy way for people to share surplus food and household goods, and access items they may need.

Categories: Economics

What Would You Like to See on Shareable? Take Our Reader Survey

June 22, 2016 - 07:00
Dear readers,   We recently kicked off a strategic planning process to develop a roadmap for our organization in the next three years. During this process, we will be evaluating our work, researching current and projected trends in our field, and determining how our organization can be most effective.  
Categories: Economics