Forget tiny tables, tiny toilets, and tiny toy shelves. A new wave of preschools is taking learning outside and turning local parks into classrooms.
Originating in Europe in the 1990s, outdoor preschools offer affordable learning to families by drastically reducing the overhead costs of an indoor classroom. Children spend most, or all, of the day outside and use park facilities for lessons, eating, restrooms, and naps. Outdoor preschools give kids immediate access to the natural world, encourage exercise, and let students easily engage with their surroundings.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Alan Levine.
At this year’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC), there was a lot of talk about creating ways for digital nomads—those who travel and work from wherever they are—to connect with coworking spaces and other coworkers.
Want to get out of the house to work, but not too excited about coffeeshops or the typical coworking space? Up for the sharing economy's latest adventure? Try coworking in someone else’s home. Home coworking is a relatively new facet of the rapidly-growing coworking movement.
Imagine a thriving street with cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. Now strip away the traffic signals, crosswalks, curbs, bike lanes, and signage that tell people what they should be doing. It sounds like a dangerous mess, right?
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kathleen Franklin.
The word architecture generally brings to mind urban skylines, ultra-modern homes, and attention-grabbing skyscrapers—not favelas, waterside slums, and ravaged buildings. But creative architects around the world are working in challenging environments to improve the lives of the locals with innovative designs and building techniques.
During the past few decades, an estimated 80,000 refugees, mostly from Indonesia, have sought asylum in Australia. Fleeing war and civil unrest, with limited means and access to welfare or work, these asylum seekers are going hungry. More than 90% of those seeking protection experience food insecurity, 40% have gone to bed hungry in the past month, and 42% have lost weight since arriving in Australia because they didn’t have enough food to eat.
Photo by Paul Goddin. Article and images cross-posted from Mobility Lab. Author Jason Hardin is Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare Planner and a consultant to Arlington County (Virginia) Commuter Services.
Think Little Free Libraries are just plain boxes filled with books? Think again. These otherworldly “branches” push the realm of Little Free Libraries to the outer limits.
This Doctor Who-inspired Little Free Library is an almost-life-size model of the famous TARDIS time machine and spacecraft.
Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.
Does your campus have a food coop? Do you think it should? Here are 10 tips to make it happen.
A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. (DSNI via Facebook)
by Tolani Moibi, Community Manager at Compare and Share
Ten years ago this month, coworking was born in San Francisco when Brad Neuberg set up some card tables and invited people to work alongside him. There are now over 3,000 coworking spaces worldwide.
Volunteers working on Earthbench. Photo credit: POEM.