Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature.
As a professor, I spend my days asking what inspires people to take steps for change in local neighbourhoods (in the UK, where I live, and beyond). I also look at the impact of grassroots and DIY activity, like making, growing and sharing together. I’ve just completed Design for Sharing [pdf], a study about how people build sharing resources locally and what kind of environment supports it.
Above photo: Rust Belt Riders co-founders Daniel Brown (left) and Michael Robinson (right) on Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge
Daniel Brown is co-founder of Rust Belt Riders Composting, a worker-owned, bike-based, organic waste removal company in Cleveland. Here, he shares the story of how the Riders got their start, how cooperatives create a new framework for communities, and how rust belt cities are imbued with a changing, yet unbroken, spirit.
An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources (STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.
Miami Beach's historic Art Deco district is the second-most-visited tourist destination in Florida. (Cacophony / Wikimedia Commons)
David Lippman is a college math instructor. Last year, seeing all the money students were forking out for textbooks, he co-wrote two math textbooks and built iMathAS, a free, open-source math assessment and course platform. Primarily published under Creative Commons (CC) licenses, the book and platform are open to community edits and input.
Like similarly crowded megacities, Buenos Aires is chock full of people struggling to get places. And going from here to there often requires a noise-making, gas-guzzling, pollution-emitting vehicle of some sort. But the lean, green Sudaca electric motorbike hopes to change that.
Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.
It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect today's endangered commons.
As the U.S. turns to renewable energy, the question remains: who will benefit? (Above photo: Conservation Law Foundation)
Article and images cross-posted from PostGrowth.org.
Last week, commons advocates the P2P Foundation, Guerilla Translation, and their partners launched Commons Transition, a public forum to further commons-oriented policy-making. Commons Transition is based on the groundbreaking work of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK) Society in Ecuador.
Show your support for seed sharing. Sign the Save Seed Sharing petition.
For anyone interested in building community and activism, events are a mainstay of tribe creation. But gatherings come with challenges. Some, including lectures, film screenings, organized walks, workshops, and multi-day conferences, are large and need advance structure, organization, planning, and funding. While there are a lot of conference centers, they can be cost-prohibitive for some, which creates a tension as creative people with a great deal to offer are left out.
Wanting to create a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Austin, Texas, four couples built a tiny house vacation village on the Llano river in the hill country outside of the city. They named the project the Llano Exit Strategy.
Unbeknownst to most who have yet to venture through my beloved city, Detroit is a sharing city. We have been for centuries, and we will continue to be. We have a culture where it is commonplace to acknowledge each other when we pass; to share a smile, joke, or story while sitting in the laundromat or on the bus. And we share our wealth. Below are some of my favorite sharing spaces in the city. Please feel free to add any that you know of in the comments—I always look forward to discovering more sharing spaces.
Image Credit: Collaborative Consumption
Have you ever driven down a dark road, in the middle of the night, looked to your right or left, and noticed how beautiful the road’s lines were? Me neither. Have you pedaled your bike down a path and then stopped in your tracks to take in the haunting magnificence of the path’s aesthetics? Again, neither have I.
The first recorded sighting of black chick peas was in 180 C.E. when Galen, the Greek physician and foodie philosopher, discovered them during his travels around the Mediterranean where he catalogued the eating habits of all the citizens within the Roman Empire.