Article cross-posted from Center for a New American Dream. Written by Robyn Truslow.
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Thanksgiving, a day of celebration and gratitude for both harvest and family, is frequently overshadowed by its consumerist big brother, the notorious Black Friday. In 2013, consumers spent a whopping $57 billion on that day alone, with the average consumer spending over $400. 2014 is predicted to be just as spendy, with 67 million people expected to brave the long lines in search of deep discounts.
Article and images cross-posted from OpenSource.com.
Before the age of supermarkets and 24-hour diners, seasons dictated our lives far more intimately than they do now and there was a time of the year that was crucial to human survival: the harvest.
Ever since our ancestors moved from being hunter-gatherers to farmers, the harvest has been an important element of the human experience. It was not only a celebration of the bounty each year, it foretold the future. At harvest, people would know whether they would be well fed through the winter and beyond.
If someone said your organization could eliminate email and meetings, fire the bosses, go to a four day work week, and thrive, what would you think? Where’s the punchline, right? Well, there is no punchline. Many companies are taking such steps.
Resourceful PDX connects residents to events like the neighborhood cleanup pictured above. Credit: SE Uplift
My trip to Gijon, Spain for the Beyond the Sharing Economy conference began five months earlier 30 feet underground in the catacombs of Paris.
Let me explain.
On Tuesday, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) hosted its annual Fall Celebration and Showcase. Now in its fifth year, SELC is a driving force for the new economy, doing pioneering work around worker cooperatives, home-based food businesses, alternative currencies, legal guides for sharing, legal apprenticeships, accessible legal cafes, renewable energy, the commons, seed libraries and more.
Share Thanksgiving is a free, turkey-based matching service connecting new immigrant families with host families in Canada, where Thanksgiving is in October but is still celebrated with family gatherings and a large feast of turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. Now in its third year, Share Thanksgiving recently had 700 people participate in 10 cities across Canada.
With the rise of the sharing economy, people are sharing cars, houses, sports equipment, clothing, toys, meals, surfboards and much more. There's an intuition among sharers that sharing is not only good for the pocketbook, it’s good for the planet. The thinking goes that sharing helps us reduce consumption and keep usable goods out of landfills.
Around the world, sharing cities are being created. Sparked, in part, by Shareable’s Sharing Cities Network, the sharing cities movement, with its emphasis on growing community, peer-to-peer transactions, and collaborative consumption, is gaining momentum.
One such city is Amsterdam. A well-established progressive, tech-enabled, and open-minded place, Amsterdam is also a hub for the sharing economy.
"He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me." - Thomas Jefferson
We can't get around it, so we'll say it upfront. Food is essential to life. What's more, ensuring open access to the resources, knowledge, and land we need to feed ourselves is political. In opposition to corporate control and intellectual property, we need systems and processes which emphasize sharing and collaboration for food systems work.
Trends in carsharing suggest the expansion of one-way services like those offered by car2go. (ecomento.com)
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A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.
Cooperatives embody the values of sharing: distributed risk, common purpose, shared rewards, and solidarity. They are an avenue to stable employment in a tumultuous job market. Ranging from factories to bakeries to cleaning services to buyers clubs, cooperatives offer a new way to structure enterprises that place value in the hands of all of those involved in creating it.
Article and top image cross-posted from Modern Farmer, written by Meaghan Agnew.
Yes, yes, we’re in the throes of a sharing economy — hell, Uber even shared kittens on National Cat Day last month. But farm-equipment shares? Now you’ve got our attention.
Maybe this is you: you've been working for a while on your own, making a little bit of money, maybe a lot of money. But something doesn't feel right. When you bill people for your time and expenses, something feels off. You hate that part. There are always the nagging thoughts, “Was it enough? Was it too much?” Maybe you've become friends with your client in the process of working with them and now sending an invoice feels uncomfortable to you. It nags at you. You feel apologetic about it. You think that the invoice monetizes a relationship that has become more than just about money.
Today, sharing economy nonprofit Peers launched a new website designed to make working in the sharing economy easier. Among the features on the new site are tools to discover and connect with work opportunities, reviews of sharing economy platforms from other independent contractors, information about earning potential, and a community forum.
Shareable checked in with Shelby Clark, the new executive director of Peers, to learn more about the vision for the site, the challenges sharing economy workers face, and what’s next for the organization.
When people are faced with a dire community challenge, they often turn to their neighbors to create a solution. There’s something powerful about starting where you are, with what you have, with the support of those around you.