I had always envisioned myself going to college. I led a very typical and mediocre life when I was nearing adulthood. I had no thoughts of what life could present for me besides a casual interest in earning a degree. Learning had always been my objective, but even at a young age, I knew that I would be forced me into taking student loans, with tuition at local state and city colleges consistently increasing. And then I would be forced into working my way out of debt. I wanted freedom, and buying a ticket into the standard education system did not seem like a right path.
Article cross-posted from Freelancers Union.
If you want to illustrate blog posts, or include images in your emails or newsletters, or post it on social media, you need images.
Photographs and graphics have the power to communicate ideas and draw in your reader, add professionalism to your projects, and when used correctly, even increase search traffic to your blog or website.
But the best images aren’t (usually) free.
When Jerry Paffendorf came to Detroit in 2009 to start LOVELAND Technologies, a software and mapping firm focused on developing tools to democratize access to property information, the city had not yet filed for bankruptcy and Kwame Kilpatrick has just left office. Paffendorf, now 32, had been working in tech startups for several years in DC, Brooklyn and San Francisco after completing a Master of Science in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
The shift away from car ownership continues unabated.
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals.
"We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.
There’s a growing trend in the sharing economy toward aggregation. No, this doesn’t mean more mergers, but companies offering competing sharing services are allowing their services to be marketed together in comparison marketplaces. It’s an exciting moment for the sharing economy because it suggests that participants in major parts of it—namely accommodation and transportation—are not only strong enough to hold their own, but want the benefits of being marketed together.
Kayli Levitan and Max Pazak work in an advertising agency in Cape Town, South Africa. The area around their workplace is hip, but like many urban areas it has a large homeless population.
"People often want to donate but they don’t know how, where or are a little frightened of the unknown. We’re often told by city officials not to just give, as they worry that it will perpetuate the problem of begging," explained Levitan.
Michelle Regner knows first-hand that building a sharing platform from scratch is expensive, time consuming, and demanding. A former financial analyst, an experienced CEO, and the co-founder of office space sharing platform DesksNear.Me, Regner has faced the challenges of getting a sharing platform off the ground. In her experience, finding engineering talent in Silicon Valley, where it’s scarce and expensive, is one of the biggest hurdles. This left her wondering: Why do people starting sharing businesses need to reinvent the wheel?
Village Building Convergence, photo credit cityrepair.org
From major news sources like the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and San Francisco Chronicle, to local papers across the country and beyond, the Sharing Economy is big news. With the growing success of Tool Libraries, Time Banks, Bike and Car Shares, Peer to Peer Lending, and the plethora of other sharing projects popping up all over the world this media interest has come as no surprise. By following these 10 steps, you can join the buzz and capture media attention for your sharing project or event.
Above, participants of Exploring Basilicata survey the region.
My strong belief in the power of collaboration led me to found Casa Netural, a collaborative hub in Matera, a small, rural town located in southern Italy. Here are a few helpful observations from the process of establishing Casa Netural for anyone looking to create meaningful connections among rural innovators.
Local farmers have been hacking forever.
In a business characterized by geographic isolation, fickle markets and dependence on equipment, the ability to innovate and adapt is critical. But only in recent years have the web-based tools emerged to allow farmers the ability to connect with and learn from each other across wide geographies, enabling them to improve upon innovations more and reinvent the wheel less.
The Bible says "the love of money is the root of all evil," and looking at the world today, it's hard to disagree. The pursuit of money, a thing we use to express value even though it actually has none itself, drives the growth economy that has polluted our planet, created vast inequality, and served as an excuse for countless wars.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the folks at Happify have culled a bunch of research on what makes -- and keeps! -- a couple happy. They dug through study after study and, lo and behold, determined that sharing was at the heart of the matter.
Most people could easily prattle off a number of benefits that come from biking instead of driving. There's the financial savings, first of all. Then come the boosts to personal, urban, and planetary health. It really doesn't take much thought at all to get the point.
The Paris Plage along the Seine, pictured above, is an ideal public space.