Residents of Boulder, Colorado recently scored another huge victory in their pursuit of clean, publicly-owned energy. On November fifth, Measure 310, which was funded by energy giant Xcel and would have effectively halted progress on the project, was resoundingly struck down by voters.
Sharing economy enthusiasts gathered together at an event put together by Let's Collaborate! and Suits to Silicon Alley last week to talk about the growth of the sharing economy and the subsequent implications with government in New York. Many peer-to-peer platforms face problems with outdated government laws designed for more traditional B2C industries or face no laws at all.
Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many thousands of bees, fell suddenly silent, leaving scientists and beekeepers alike scratching their heads. The reasons remain mostly a mystery, but the trend has a name: Colony Collapse Disorder; a disturbing development drying up beehives throughout the industrialized world.
In Austin, Texas, a project to offer affordable housing to some 200 chronically homeless citizens is on the move. Community First! Village, which has been in the planning stages for nearly 10 years, is set to soon break ground on a 27-acre property sprinkled with tiny houses, mobile homes, teepees, refurbished RVs, a three-acre community garden, a chapel, a medical facility, a workshop, a bed and breakfast, and an Alamo Drafthouse outdoor movie theater.
Top image photo credit: Dave Chiu. Cross-posted from People for Bikes.
Bicycle maintenance can seem so hard. It can be tricky and time consuming. And even though we all understand its importance—a smooth running bike makes good rides better—it can be downright tiresome.
At least it seems that way. The truth is, the easy way to keep a harmonious machine is to build maintenance into your routine. Follow these tips and you’ll always get to enjoy pedaling a dialed ride.
Education is being hacked. Through free online courses, peer-to-peer learning, apprenticeships, skillshares and more, the doors of global accessibility are being blown wide open.
The latest to throw its hat into the open education ring is Open Educational Resource University. An online platform that offers free university courses to anyone with an internet connection, OER is open source and fully customizable depending on whether you’re a self-directed learner or working toward a degree.
When the automotive industry collapsed and went on federal life support, it was a scary time to be a metro Detroiter with financial dependence on the car companies. As jobs evaporated and housing values plummeted, people left the state in droves.
HowlRound's New Play Map reveals the infrastructure supporting “End Days,” a play by Deb Laufer. Folks across the US added their knowledge to create a narrative for the play's production schedule.
Did you know that Seoul, South Korea, is one of the world’s key sites for post-growth economic re-development? No? Neither did I, until I saw for myself.
The longer you sit sedentary in a cubicle farm, the faster your motivation approaches zero. Or at least that’s what happened to me. I was desperately craving a change of scenery so six months ago I applied to my employer’s "Work from Home" program. My superiors graciously accepted my request on a trial basis despite my status as a “junior engineer” in the company (bureaucracy at its finest). I spent a day at Workbar Boston and fell in love with the environment, the flexibility, and the people I met there.
Now that the invisible bike helmet has arrived, among the remaining things that stand between commuters and bikes is the inevitable sweatiness that comes from pedaling your way to work or school. No one wants to start their day sticky and stinky. But traditional electric bikes... well, they kind of miss the point of biking. That is until now.
Photo by uhuru1701 under a Creative Commons license from Flickr.
Most internet start-ups believe there is only one path to financing their company’s growth: start with friends and family, move on to wealthy angel investors, attract venture capital, and finally sell the company so the investors can make a killing.
There are a few problems with this model:
I interviewed Guillaume Lebleu cofounder of Credibles about his new innovative credit project, following Bernal Bucks. Several years back a group of us currency geeks got together at the Hub SOMA and NoiseBridge for brainstorming sessions to ponder how to link local currencies to the all important food system for better currency flow and convert it into credit for cash-strapped farmers.
In a life that seems farther away than it actually is, I once worked in an office filled with hundreds of drab gray cubicles. Sunlight struggled to squeeze through the building’s three tiny windows and the sliver of a fourth window not covered by a cubicle wall.
Facebook has been all atwitter recently over a post on Jalopnik that features an invisible bike helmet. Developed by a Swedish design team over the course of seven years, the Hövding helmet has made quite a splash because, let's face it, NO ONE likes to wear a bike helmet. Many riders wear one anyway, but they don't like it.
From September through early November, OuiShare connectors traveled around Europe meeting people in 30 cities to including Budapest, Warsaw, London, Berlin, Rome and more to increase engagement in the collaborative economy. Along the way, there were workshops, presentations, map jams, pitch sessions, get togethers over drinks, panels and more.
In the sharing economy, new and innovative business models are being developed for everyday needs like housing, work and transportation; think car sharing, bike-sharing, co-working, and Airbnb.