As much flak as the Sharing Economy catches, Silicon Valley gets even more. So, when the two victims of derision collided at Comedy Hack Day last month, much (fake) technological foolery ensued.
Vito Catalani and Jamie Shin took to Airbnb to draw awareness to New York's homelessness problem. (Courtesy Airbnb)
A tank rolling around a city might generally be cause for concern—but not this tank. This is the Book Tank, a roving, free library packed with 900 books that elicits waves, laughter, thanks, and smiles as it goes by.
Designed and built by Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff, the Book Tank is a 1979 Ford Falcon that has been converted into a “weapon of mass instruction” bringing books to the Argentine people. Lemesoff drives the tank giving a free book to anyone who promises to read it.
Article and images cross-posted from Community-Wealth.org. Written by Katie Parker.
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Stuart and Cedar Anderson's Flow hive promises to revolutionize beekeeping. Credit: beefarm.ru
Image: Amelia Bates for Grist
There’s a growing awareness that the real sharing economy has little to do with wealth-concentrating Silicon Valley startups. It has more to do with communities figuring out ways to make sure everyone's needs are met by sharing, putting idle resources to work, and creating an economy that revolves around joyful, sustainable living rather than endless growth.
Top image: The shared cheese cellar at Jasper Hill Farm. Article and image cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Authored by Eban Goodstein and Robin Hahnel.
This article was authored by Olivia LaVecchia and produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise. Article and images cross-posted from Yes! Magazine.
Article and images cross-posted from Modern Farmer. Written by Virginia C. McGuire. Photography by Wendy Hitch.
When you live in the city or the suburbs, it can be hard to fit everything you want into a small or mid-sized yard. Perhaps you want a large vegetable garden and even a couple of fruit trees. You’d love to have chickens, and the patio has to be big enough for your friends to comfortably sit around the fire pit.
As the U.S. continues to recover from the financial crisis started over seven years ago, the prospect of "too big to fail" banks still lingers because no real reforms have been made in the financial sector.
In January, Shareable, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and the Richmond Grows Seed Library launched the U.S.-based Save Seed Sharing campaign. A response to legal crackdowns on seed libraries, the campaign was created to raise awareness about seed sharing and protect seed libraries through new regulation.
On February 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two decisions. One concerned net neutrality, the other municipal broadband. The first garnered by far the most attention, as it should. Net neutrality affects everyone and the FCC ruling establishes a fundamental new principle for Internet access.
In 2006, Dr. Richard Warner opened Colorado Recovery, a treatment facility in Boulder, Colorado to serve people with serious mental illnesses. A UK-trained psychiatrist with 30 years of experience in the public sector in Boulder, Warner wanted to create a non-hospital treatment center that focused on respectful, compassionate, and optimistic care.
“We treat every client,” he says, “as if he or she were our next of kin.”
Editor's note: J Rainsnow is a novelist. His unusual review of Bulding Co-operative Power: Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-Operatives in the Connecticut River Valley comes from an artist’s perspective, outside of that of most co-operators, organizers, and activists. His view is large and his grasp of details surprisingly rich.
Turn Me ON is an interactive urban installation by Happy City Lab in collaboration with Federal studio and Studio Corium. (Sébastien Puiatti via Happy City Lab)
Shareable has published many stories about the gift economy and living without money. While they're often inspiring and popular, they often bring up fear of survival. People ask, “Is this really possible for ME?” or “Will I become homeless or sick and die from poverty?” Personally, I've questioned whether living in the gift economy is realistic only for privileged, healthy people.
The Dutch capital launched Amsterdam Sharing City on February 2. (amira_a/Flickr)
The results of a workshop held at the launch of Hampshire College's LEEP program. Credit: Hampshire College
In a world of worsening social inequality, climate change, and other urgent challenges, how can higher education play a more active, constructive role? A small liberal arts college known for its innovative approaches to undergraduate education aims to find out.