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New North Carolina Coop to Turn a Food Desert into a Food Oasis

February 9, 2015 - 07:47

In 1998, when the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Northeast Greensboro, North Carolina closed, it created a food desert—a community without easy access to food. For years, area residents tried to get another grocery chain to come in, but none wanted to come to the predominantly African-American, low-income town.

The community finally came up with a solution—one that didn't rely on an outside company to come in. They put into motion a plan to open a food cooperative.

Categories: Economics

Beyond Bitcoin: Legal Pathways for Blockchain Enterprises

February 5, 2015 - 08:37

The technologies that undergird Bitcoin transactions have advanced to suggest other, non-financial applications. (Bitcoin Magazine)

Categories: Economics

New Toolkit Brings Patron Centered Design to Libraries

February 4, 2015 - 08:39

Libraries are vital community spaces. But many face shrinking budgets. They also face an increasingly-digital landscape, which requires new approaches to stay relevant. A new toolkit aims to help librarians use design thinking to create innovative programs for their libraries.

Categories: Economics

How to Start a Seed Sharing Campaign in Your Town

February 3, 2015 - 07:47

In June, librarians at the Joseph T. Simpson public library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania were told by state agriculture officials that their small, in-house seed library needed to comply with the state seed law. Trouble is, the law requires extensive testing designed for commercial agricultural enterprises—not neighborhood seed sharing. Being held to the same requirements as commercial seed enterprises could render seed libraries, and seed sharing in general, extinct.

Categories: Economics

How to Create a Free Farm Stand in Your Community

February 3, 2015 - 05:54

Photo credit: Muffet / Foter / CC BY. Article excerpted from the book It's a Shareable Life.

The Free Farm Stand, located in the Mission district of San Francisco, distributes free food through gifting organic fruits, vegetables, and locally made breads every weekend.

Categories: Economics

The Promise of “Open Co-operativism”

February 2, 2015 - 07:04

Photo credit: The Co-operative / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from

Is it possible to imagine a new sort of synthesis or synergy between the emerging peer production and commons movement on the one hand, and growing, innovative elements of the co-operative and solidarity economy movements on the other?

Categories: Economics

How Gratitude Beats Materialism

February 2, 2015 - 07:03

Photo credit: Avard Woolaver / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

Categories: Economics

Hampshire College Launches Project Focused on the Common Good

January 29, 2015 - 21:56

Earlier this week, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts announced the launch of the Leadership and Ethical Engagement Project (LEEP). The project is designed to provide a model for “integrating a deliberate focus on ethics within the academics and culture of an educational institution, with a distinctive focus on contributing to the common good.”

Categories: Economics

Top 6 Tax Tips for Sharing Economy Micropreneurs

January 28, 2015 - 08:07

by Derek Davis and Argel Sabillo

Categories: Economics

Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good

January 27, 2015 - 07:26

A successful crowdfunding campaign led to government support for the Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Cameron R. Nielson via Wired UK)

Categories: Economics

How One Neighborhood in Seoul Sparked a Movement of Urban Villages

January 26, 2015 - 08:25

What began as a childcare coop in Seoul, South Korea has grown into a cooperative, urban village and sparked a national movement of urban villages.

Categories: Economics

Nijmegen Sharing City Embraces No-Money Abundance

January 26, 2015 - 07:24

In 2013, Ronald van den Hoff, founder of Seats2meet, introduced Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo to Nils Roemen. A Dutch consultant, community organizer, and sharing activist, Roemen has co-founded numerous sharing projects. One of his first was DareToAsk ("Durftevragen" in Dutch), a workshop based on tapping into social abundance by inviting people to ask each other for help.

Categories: Economics

La'Zooz: The Decentralized, Crypto-Alternative to Uber

January 26, 2015 - 07:16

What makes a lot of people uncomfortable about a phenomenon like Uber, when you get right down to it, is how it is owned. As in other mega-Internet companies, a small number of owners poised to take over a global industry—in this case, the taxi industry with ownership currently spread out among local drivers and operators. In response to Uber’s rise, there has been a flurry of proposals for driver-owned alternatives.

Categories: Economics

New Minnesota Bill a Step in the Right Direction for Seed Sharing

January 21, 2015 - 09:17

Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature.

Categories: Economics

New Report Details Need to Design for a Shared Future

January 21, 2015 - 07:11

As a professor, I spend my days asking what inspires people to take steps for change in local neighbourhoods (in the UK, where I live, and beyond). I also look at the impact of grassroots and DIY activity, like making, growing and sharing together. I’ve just completed Design for Sharing [pdf], a study about how people build sharing resources locally and what kind of environment supports it.

Categories: Economics

Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities

January 20, 2015 - 14:01

Above photo: Rust Belt Riders co-founders Daniel Brown (left) and Michael Robinson (right) on Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge 

Daniel Brown is co-founder of Rust Belt Riders Composting, a worker-owned, bike-based, organic waste removal company in Cleveland. Here, he shares the story of how the Riders got their start, how cooperatives create a new framework for communities, and how rust belt cities are imbued with a changing, yet unbroken, spirit.

Categories: Economics

New Report Points to Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change

January 19, 2015 - 07:00

An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources (STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.

Categories: Economics

Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete

January 14, 2015 - 09:49

Miami Beach's historic Art Deco district is the second-most-visited tourist destination in Florida. (Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Economics

10 Game-Changing Projects from Creative Commons' Team Open

January 14, 2015 - 08:33

David Lippman is a college math instructor. Last year, seeing all the money students were forking out for textbooks, he co-wrote two math textbooks and built iMathAS, a free, open-source math assessment and course platform. Primarily published under Creative Commons (CC) licenses, the book and platform are open to community edits and input.

Categories: Economics