“The care of human life and happiness…is the only legitimate object of good government,”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1809.
At this year’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Berkeley, Ca., Jacob Sayles, co-founder of Office Nomads in Seattle, presented the results of the spring coworking space member survey. A partnership between Office Nomads, GCUC, and Emergent Research, the survey found, among other things, that coworking makes people happier.
San Jose cyclists celebrate the launch of Bay Area Bike Share in 2013. (Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious via Wikimedia Commons)
Little Free Libraries have become beloved neighborhood landmarks that have circulated an estimated 40 million books through 25,000 volunteer-built branches. But what about book deserts, i.e. places where books are scarce? Little Free Libraries could be the solution.
It all started with a bet. In July 2014, two friends and I launched The Sharing Bros project and set off for a crazy adventure. We traveled from Vancouver, Canada to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil using only the collaborative economy. We produced 11 videos to share our adventures.
Photos courtesy of Blue Zones
It’s like a small-town scene from Norman Rockwell, updated for the 21st Century.
A Latino family strolls leisurely through the park, immersed in conversation. Coming up fast behind is a blonde woman in designer exercise gear and earplugs, intent on maintaining her power-walking pace. Bringing up the rear is a young man with his husky, both of them staring up at a patch of sun that has appeared from behind the clouds.
A new report argues that consistent, close station design is crucial to making bike share a viable option for users of all income levels. (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz via Wikimedia Commons)
Last week, seed library organizers and advocates from nine countries gathered in Tucson, Arizona for the International Seed Library Forum. Featuring panels, presentations, conversations, a seed swap, field trips to gardens and seed libraries, films, music and more, the event furthered the international seed sharing movement. Here are some of the highlights.
Civic hackers rejoice!
To kick off last week’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference in Berkeley, Ca., Tony Bacigalupo, co-founder of New Work City, posed a question: Who thinks coworking means dividing up office space to sell at a profit? Not a hand went up. He then asked those who think coworking is something more than that to raise their hand. Nearly every hand in the room shot up, accompanied by cheers, shouts, and hollers of approval.
Just after the elections in Greece, there was widespread feeling of jubilation about the newly elected "radical" left government, SYRIZA. Across Europe, and indeed even in the US, people came out to show their support for the game-changing results of the vote.
An April 2015 publication from PricewaterhouseCoopers investigates the potential market impacts of the for-profit sharing economy. (New York Post)
By now, you’ve probably heard about Little Free Libraries. Maybe you’ve read about them or just seen one pop up in your neighborhood. Whether shaped like a house, a boat, a train, a barn, a phone booth, a VW bus, a school, or countless other designs, Little Free Libraries are becoming fixtures in neighborhoods around the world. In fact, there are now over 25,000 of them in 70 countries.
There’s a lot of buzz around renewable energy, but according to the International Energy Agency, even if all government commitments to advance clean energy were met by 2035, renewables would still make up just 16 percent of global energy used.
Members of the Tekangu Coffee Farmers' Co-operative Society. (Tim Wendelboe)
Seeds are small, but they’re at the heart of a global crisis. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 90 percent of the seed varieties that existed 100 years ago are now extinct. Not only that, big corporations have a near global monopoly on seeds. It appears that we’re losing one of our most precious, shared resources.
A ShareFest is an open, fun, participatory event designed to celebrate your local sharing economy, meet like-minded sharing enthusiasts, and introduce the sharing movement to the wider community.
Last year, Shareable supported over 40 communities from around the world in hosting ShareFests. Events ranged from small, intimate gatherings to multi-venue, multi-day festivals.
Combatants of the corporate sharing economy met on neutral ground April 24 at Fordham University Law School to explore how (or how not) to regulate the Airbnb’s of this world. New York, of course, is the state whose regulators haven’t swallowed promotional Kool-aid of this sector, which presents itself as caring caretakers of “microentrepreneurs” of the sort who rent rooms in their apartment to make ends meet or pick up riders through Uber to raise funds to help their ailing grandmother.