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Beating the Drum for a New Economy

October 1, 2014 - 07:00

New Economy Week: October 13-19th, 2014

On September 21, 400,000 people from all walks of life arrived in New York City for the People's Climate March. The slogan of the march was simply, “To change everything, we need everyone.”

The People’s Climate March was a powerful breakthrough, not just because practically everyone did show up, but because of the growing awareness among climate activists that we do need “to change everything.”

Categories: Economics

Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

September 30, 2014 - 08:06

Copyright, Reprinted with permission. Written by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, and Brian Van Slyke for Truthout. Photo credit: Alyce Santoro.

Categories: Economics

New Film Follows 18 Students As They Cycle the US to Support Coops

September 30, 2014 - 07:19

In 2012, a group of 18 young people from Hampshire College set off to ride their bikes from San Francisco back home to Amherst, Massachusetts. Dubbed Co-Cycle, the group planned to visit coops along the route to learn from them and create a network of cooperatives. Three months and 15 states later, they arrived safely. Through it all, Emma Thatcher was there documenting the journey for the film To the Moon.

Categories: Economics

Governor Brown Signs California's Neighborhood Food Act

September 29, 2014 - 09:16

Photo credit: wayneandwax / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from SELC.

On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.

Categories: Economics

How to Turn a Bus Stop into Art

September 29, 2014 - 08:41

Photo credit: clarkmaxwell / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

Categories: Economics

Alternative Economy Movements Converge at Degrowth Conference

September 29, 2014 - 08:14

Cross-posted from Originally published on September 11, 2014.

Categories: Economics

ShareFest Porto Alegre Catalyzes Local Sharing Movement

September 29, 2014 - 07:45

Attracting 450 people for a day of workshops, discussion, brainstorming, information-sharing, panels, art, music and dancing, ShareFest Porto Alegre was a great success. In true sharing style, the event was a group project from its inception, with organizers deciding that it should be as collaborative as possible, from the planning stages up.

Categories: Economics

Peers Hires RelayRides' Shelby Clark as Executive Director

September 24, 2014 - 10:24

Sharing economy advocacy group Peers announced today the hiring of Shelby Clark as it's new executive director.

Shelby, an early employee of Kiva, founded the peer-to-peer carsharing service RelayRides, which operates carsharing marketplaces in 2,300 U.S. cities. Clark will continue to serve as a Board Member of that company.

Categories: Economics

Is Ridesharing Killing San Francisco's Taxi Industry?

September 23, 2014 - 16:21

Lyft's ridesharing vehicles are known by their pink stick-on mustaches. (Lyft via Kansas City Business Journal)

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: The World's First Tiny House Hoteliers

September 23, 2014 - 07:54

The tiny house movement is booming. There are off-grid tiny houses, Airbnb tiny houses, tiny house villages and now a tiny house hotel. The first of its kind (we believe), Caravan Tiny House Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, comprises six tiny houses in the Alberta Arts District.

Categories: Economics

Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices by Opening a Public Gas Station

September 23, 2014 - 07:52

Photo credit: crowt59. Cross-posted from Community Wealth.

Categories: Economics

18 Hilarious Yet Extremely Useful Illustrated Tips for City Living

September 23, 2014 - 06:45

City living is all the rage. The diverse people, vibrant street life, rich cultural offerings, career opportunities, and easy access to a myriad of amenities are a big draw. But there's another side to city living that doesn’t get as much play at Shareable: the sardine-like over-crowdedness, inconsiderate neighbors, public transport bullies, and stinky-ass garbage piles.

Categories: Economics

#MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!

September 22, 2014 - 17:16

This October, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map: grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.

Categories: Economics

How I Avoided Holiday Shopping Through a Donation Exchange

September 22, 2014 - 12:39

As stores begin to hawk their holiday deals, Shareable reposts this 2009 piece about how Neal Gorenflo gave up holiday gifts and discovered a better way to bond with family.

Categories: Economics

How to Trick Out Your Bus Stop

September 22, 2014 - 07:13

Top image: Swingset on South Main in Memphis, Tennessee. Credit: I Love Memphis.

Categories: Economics

Meet the College Dean Who Lives in a Dumpster

September 21, 2014 - 17:14

Plenty of people live in cramped quarters. A third of rural Indians live in homes where each person gets just 65 square feet or less of living space.

Categories: Economics

Coop Trains Next Generation of Community Acupuncturists Debt Free

September 20, 2014 - 11:16

Nearly a decade ago, Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter of Portland dreamed up a low cost, high volume community acupuncture business model. They wanted to provide access to acupuncture for those that couldn't afford the standard fees and also to earn a sustainable living as practitioners serving lower income communities. In 2002, the first iteration of this model, called Working Class Acupuncture, was born.

Categories: Economics

My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device

September 19, 2014 - 06:54

Sharing books you've read can be as enjoyable as reading them again, and for centuries books have frequently changed hands from person to person, library to library. But what if you could share an entire archive of books from the palm of your hand with anyone in earshot? I spent a week experimenting with a DIY PirateBox to see how it works, but first let's explore notable episodes in the history of book sharing...

Categories: Economics

Ever Wondered How Little Free Libraries Change Neighborhoods?

September 17, 2014 - 21:42

Photo credit: Standing Still.

It’s not about the books. At the heart of it, neighborhood book exchanges are a DIY tactic for changing a neighborhood. Stewards introduce a neighborhood book exchange in hopes of altering particular aspects of neighborhood life.

Categories: Economics

11 Tiny House Villages Redefining Home

September 17, 2014 - 09:05

Tiny house villages are a new part of the tiny house movement, yet they hold a lot of potential to transform lives and communities. The idea behind these villages is straightforward: bring tiny houses together in one place to create communities that share land, time together, skills, support, and other resources.

Categories: Economics