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Interviewed: Renato Galliano of Milan's Sharing City Project

April 27, 2016 - 09:27

Milan, Italy is home to Milan Sharing City, a municipal program dedicated to supporting sharing enterprises and practices. Photo by: Mariano Mantel / Flickr. Interview by Monica Bernardi and Christian Iaione.

Categories: Economics

California Bill Would Make Investing in Local Businesses Easier

April 27, 2016 - 09:10

If you want to invest in a publicly traded company, you simply purchase securities in the company. But if you want to invest in the organic farm down the road, or a new renewable energy startup in your town, it’s not that easy.

Categories: Economics

Destinations Makers Use Sustainable Tourism to Revive Neglected Italian Cities

April 26, 2016 - 09:15

Southern Italy's per capita GDP is 45.8 percent lower than Northern Italy's. Despite this alarming statistic, many Southern Italians believe that the unique beauty and overlooked potential of their country could sustain them financially through tourism alone.

Categories: Economics

Platform Cooperativism: A Global Movement on the Rise

April 26, 2016 - 08:09

Last November, the Platform Cooperativism conference -- a coming out party for the cooperative Internet -- took place in New York City, initiated by Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz. Last month, the first #PlatformCoopBerlin meetup followed in Berlin with Michel Bauwens as the keynote speaker. The small venue was packed. More than 50 people attended instead of the 30 that RSVP'd.

Categories: Economics

Open-Source, DIY Machine Recycles Household Plastic Into New Products

April 26, 2016 - 07:25

Plastic has been described as a lot of things, but precious? That’s a new one. However, one team in the Netherlands is working to change how we view plastic, taking it from a waste product that is clogging up our oceans, landfills and animals, and reframing it as a valuable resource.

Precious Plastic brings plastic recycling down to the household level by putting recycling tools into the hands of everyday people rather than just industry giants. As the website states, you can create "your own little plastic recycling workshop."

Categories: Economics

How Transition Palo Alto Brings Sharing and Community to Silicon Valley

April 25, 2016 - 08:50

Transition Palo Alto is part of the worldwide Transition network working to build local resilience and connections. Based in Silicon Valley, the community is a great example of a growing, engaged and active Transition project.

Categories: Economics

Co-op Hostel in Greece to Help Integrate Hundreds of Refugees

April 25, 2016 - 07:16

A proposed cooperative hostel in Greece aims to help Syrian refugees successfully integrate into Greek society.

Dubbed Welcommon, which stands for Welcome in Common, the hostel, which is expected to open in June if fundraising efforts are successful, will provide safe accommodations for 120-150 asylum seekers for six months or longer. It will also offer food, clothing and health care, as well as tools and resources and help with social inclusion, including language classes and job training.

Categories: Economics

Coopify to Bring Cooperatives into the Smartphone Age

April 22, 2016 - 13:00

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Categories: Economics

Babies, Budgets, and Community Bonds: The Biggest Test for the Sharing Economy

April 22, 2016 - 07:27

When I first wrote my article for Shareable outlining my experiment for 2016, I wasn’t completely honest with you all. In fact, I had a pretty big hidden agenda. After last year's adventure in London, I had come back to Sydney to settle and start on the next big adventure of my life -- parenthood.

Categories: Economics

Neighborhood Stories: Empowering People to Tell the Stories of their Community

April 20, 2016 - 09:15

Shareable has a strong focus on sharing cities—places where sharing drives sustainable and just solutions around transportation, housing, work, community, food, public space and more, from the municipal level down to the neighborhood and the individual.

Sharing cities are also places where people know and share the stories about the issues, joys and challenges that affect everyone.

Categories: Economics

Whistle While You Work: the (Not So) Surprising Happiness of Coworking

April 19, 2016 - 07:14

In a 2015 member survey of the global coworking community, 89 percent of respondents stated that they were happier due to coworking. This impressive stat comes as no surprise to coworking insiders, who understand first-hand the positive impact coworking can have on people.

Categories: Economics

New Coop Set to Transform Food Desert in North Minneapolis

April 18, 2016 - 08:38

A food desert in Minneapolis will soon have access to fresh food and its own community grocery cooperative.

The first food coop in North Minneapolis, Wirth Cooperative Grocery is scheduled to open later this year. It will focus on providing easy access to a variety of foods and, if all goes well, help revitalize the neighborhood and boost the local economy in an area with few accessible grocery stores.

Categories: Economics

Mayor Park Won-Soon Wins Gothenburg Award for Sharing City Seoul

April 18, 2016 - 07:51

Mayor Park Won-Soon, who spearheaded Sharing City Seoul, one of the world’s first sharing cities, was recently awarded the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. The award, along with a prize of 1 million Swedish krona ($123,000 USD), is given each year to people or organizations for outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future.

Categories: Economics

After the Gold Rush: OuiShare Fest 2016 Embraces Action and Experimentation

April 13, 2016 - 08:25

OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands from around the world, the organization has been decentralized from the beginning. Formed in Paris in 2012, OuiShare is built around the notion of letting community members take initiative and enabling the community grow on its own.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Book Project Seeks International Case Studies

April 12, 2016 - 11:23

One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.

Categories: Economics

Finding a Healthy, Happy Cohousing Community that Fits Your Values

April 12, 2016 - 07:33

by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from

How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.

Categories: Economics

Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect Publishes Open-Source Plans for Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 - 07:14

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. (Ramiro Ramirez / ELEMENTAL)

Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Feature Writer

April 11, 2016 - 14:20
Photo by Daniella Winkler via Unsplash   If you like libraries and long form reporting, we've got the perfect gig for you.    We're looking for a reporter with a strong background in feature writing for magazines or other outlets to produce an in-depth piece (2,500-4,000 words) on the future of libraries. This piece should offer new and thought-provoking ideas to the conversation about what's in store for these vital institutions in the years to come. 
Categories: Economics

Nation's First Library Social Worker Connects Homeless with Meals, Healthcare and Housing

April 11, 2016 - 08:21

Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community. They hired Leah Esguerra, a psychiatric social worker who is believed to be the nation’s first full-time social worker at a library.

Categories: Economics

How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders

April 11, 2016 - 07:00

Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil.

Categories: Economics