I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space so that it encouraged collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.
Established in 1952, The Co-operative University College of Kenya trains students to lead the country's many cooperatives. (Nathan Schneider)
The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK), on the outskirts of Nairobi, looks like any other college. Students walk along its manicured paths and drab hallways with their books and phones—alone, absorbed in thought, or in groups, gabbing with each other. Visiting, I felt like I'd been on campuses like this a million times. But I had never been to a college for cooperatives.
A new bill in California is a step toward recognizing worker cooperatives as a solution to the state’s growing income inequality and worsening prospects for low- and middle-income people.
AB 816 clarifies language in the existing coop statute and creates the legal structure, capital structure, and certain exemptions from registration requirements to make it easier to form worker cooperatives.
At a time when ecological destruction is more dire than ever, the work of protecting the planet depends on dreamers just as much as on scientists, activists, public officials, and business leaders. Earth Day, when millions of people voice support for environmental causes, is the perfect time to recognize this.
What to do when you’re gifted 50,000 books? Give them away, of course. But how? This is the challenge organizers of the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival faced after the Internet Archive gave them 80 boxes full of 700 books each.
The U.S. wastes 70 billion pounds of food annually. Via Schaumburg's Sustainable Future.
It is not news that we waste a lot of food in the United States. Trying to get your head around the amount of food we throw out each year—70 billion pounds—is a challenge. In weight, that is the equivalent of 95 Empire State Buildings. But even this comparison is hard to fathom. The food waste problem in the United States has gotten out of control, and we need ways to rein it in.
Neal Gorenflo. (YouTube)
How much thought do you give to pavement? Our cities are covered with it, but it’s not exactly a hot topic of conversation—though it should be. Pavement causes all sorts of problems including the fact that water can’t soak through it and instead runs across it, collecting pollutants and biological contaminants that make their way into waterways, plants, animals, and ourselves.
On Pier 15 in San Francisco, inside the famed participatory museum the Exploratorium, a large flat screen displays two bright circles—one red, and one blue. Inside each circle are rapidly increasing numbers; at the bottom of the screen is a timer, counting down. In front of the screen, at four podiums, total strangers frantically press either a blue or a red button, attempting, it seems, to up the count of that color. What are they doing?
A placard between the podiums explains:
The truck unfolds into a spacious three-level home. (Daily Megabyte)
They say a person's home is his castle. But what about their truck? New Zealanders Jola and Justin have done the seemingly impossible, building a road-ready house truck that transforms into a high-ceilinged abode with full kitchen, roof deck, and—yes—a pair of turrets.
Seed swaps are great ways to learn about local seeds, build community around seed sharing, and show support for the Save Seed Sharing movement. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, they provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own harvest.
Community-based social marketing (CBSM) encourages individuals to make life changes that are good for them and their community. Rather than trying to get people to buy cereal or a car, social marketers encourage them to do things like share more, reduce food waste, or stop smoking.
In January, we wrote about Team Open, a project documenting some of the many artists, teachers, and scientists using Creative Commons licenses to share their work. Since then, Creative Commons launched a new project to help entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments use Creative Commons licenses and still generate income.
Wide sidewalks and well-marked crosswalks make walking comfortable in Arlington's busy Clarendon district. Photo credit: Arlington County.
We know that we have big problems: The climate situation is dire, inequality is on the rise, democracy’s been captured by corporations, and we have unprecedented numbers of people locked up in prisons and jails. When we try to chip away at these problems, what often happens is that we take one step forward and two steps back. We try to crack down on predatory mortgage lending with some new regulations and speculative finance decides to just become corporate landlords.
Top image: Seats2Meet Utrecht.
Image credit: BloombergView
After working a computer job on Wall Street for three years, Mason Wartman wanted to try something new. He opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his pizza shop would soon help feed local homeless people and receive global attention.