Can you imagine a world where all businesses are owned and directly controlled by the people who depend on them for employment or essential goods and services? While we may not be living in that world today, cooperatives have already built such a reality for hundreds of millions of people across the globe.
Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta has long been known for its efficient, clean taxis. On the city’s main thoroughfares, taxis make up approximately 20-30 percent of all traffic. While the city is in dire need to better mass transit, it was not — at least on the surface — ripe for transportation network companies and their Uber-style disruptions.
Yet in the past year, Jakarta has become ground zero for the battle between tech-based apps and traditional taxis, prompting the government to regulate ride-sharing companies.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon addresses the GSEF Plenary. Photo credit: Arnau Cunties Photographe. Article and images cross-posted from New Economy Coalition.
Community gardens and urban agriculture projects are a powerful way for people to connect with others for healthy, enriching experiences in their neighborhoods. We've long covered people changing their community with the power of gardening, so we invited our readers to share their photos and stories about their community gardening experiences. Some of the organizations we've written about have also generously contributed new images from their gardens.
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Photo credit: Participatory Budgeting Project.
In 2014, Shareable profiled 15 participatory budgeting (PB) projects that put financial decision making into the hands of communities. At the time, there were an estimated 1,500 PB programs around the world. In the two years since, PB has skyrocketed in popularity with an estimated 3,000 projects worldwide.
European Commission building, Brussels. (Andrew Gustar / Flickr)
Realizing that the sharing phenomenon is changing how citizens live, the European Union has begun to address the sharing economy's regulatory challenges at the multi-national level.
This month, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a nonprofit membership organization that promotes social responsibility in business, released a report outlining how sharing economy companies can achieve, “a more meaningful uptake of collaborative marketplaces among lower-income and underserved populations.” The report recognizes the potential of the sharing economy to increase access to goods and services and help people earn and save money.
A co-living dinner. Photo credit: OpenDoor.
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Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, an amendment to the California Seed Law. It’s the latest victory in a global movement to support and protect seed sharing and saving.
Photo credit: Yes! Magazine
Nice Ride MN is the Twin Cities' bike share system. (m01229 / Flickr)
Community members share ideas and visions during a Lighter Quicker Cheaper planning workshop. Photo credit: PPS. This article, cross-posted from PPS.org, is part of a series on the many issues that converge in public space leading up to the Placemaking Leadership Forum (Sept. 14–17, 2016), where practitioners will chart the future of the placemaking movement and share concrete strategies to make it happen.
The Loomio team. Photo: Loomio.coop
(Infographic via European Commission)
It's amazing to see how community gardens are growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the world — but it's easy to see why. They shift our thinking around food, community, and the environment. Gardening connects us to our natural surroundings and leads us to a greener, more enriching life. Community gardening is empowering on a whole other level: It enables us to connect and work with others, not only to beautify spaces and enrich our diets, but to strengthen bonds with others for a healthier, more connected community.