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Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City

October 12, 2015 - 07:16

Grace Lee Boggs died on Monday, October 5, 2015. She was 100 years old. We hope that this article, originally published in 2011, helps readers to remember her work. Article and top image cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

Categories: Economics

October 20: Free Webinar on Cities and Sustainable Consumption

October 11, 2015 - 16:11

Environmental activist Rob Greenfeld's food waste display in Union Square Park, New York City. (Sustainable America)

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Freelancers Union on What Motivates Indie Workers

October 11, 2015 - 10:39

The freelance economy in the United States is growing, as more and more workers turn—either out of economic necessity or as a lifestyle choice—to independent contracting or gig work. Yet we have little substantive data on who freelances and why. Exactly how large is the freelancing population? What industries do today's freelancers represent? What draws them to freelancing in the first place, and why do they stick with it? What specific challenges do freelancers face, and what are policymakers doing about them?

Categories: Economics

Helsinki's JooSoap Upcycles Kitchen Waste into Eco-Friendly Cleaners

October 8, 2015 - 12:58

JooSoap upcycles used cooking oil into bar, powder, and liquid soap. (JooSoap)

Categories: Economics

40,000 Turn Out for First Ever Tiny House Jamboree

October 7, 2015 - 08:36

Crowd at the first ever Tiny House Jamboree. Photo by Frieda Bakker.

Categories: Economics

New Toolkit Promotes Open Licensing of Publicly-Funded Resources

October 6, 2015 - 08:06

If your tax dollars help create a resource, shouldn't it be shared freely? Yes, of course, but that's not always the case. Creative Commons is doing something about this with their Open Licensing Policy Toolkit to “support the education of government staff creating, adopting and implementing open licensing policies.”

With open licensing, resources that are created with public dollars are available to citizens to use and build upon. As the introduction to the Toolkit states:

Categories: Economics

New Report: Price, Convenience, Trust Are Keys to Sharing Economy

October 5, 2015 - 12:15

In their 2014 report on the collaborative economy, Crowd Companies (an “innovation council” founded by Jeremiah Owyang) and Vision Critical (a customer intelligence platform provider) concluded that sharing is here to stay.

Categories: Economics

Librarian Shares Her Love of Books with a Bike-powered Mobile Library

October 5, 2015 - 07:53

In 2013, school librarian Alicia Tapia created Bibliobicicleta, a free, mobile library pulled by bike. Since then, Tapia and Bibliobicicleta have rolled up to San Francisco parks, farmers markets, museums, and beaches to distribute free books and help spread a love of reading.

Bibliobicicleta holds around 100 books, including selections for people of all ages, lifestyles, and interests. It attracts attention wherever it goes.

Categories: Economics

A New New Deal from the Roosevelt Institute

October 1, 2015 - 09:13

Occupy Wall Street protesters. (

Categories: Economics

24 october Sharing Day in Nijmegen

September 30, 2015 - 12:04

On October 24th the citywide sharingday will be organised.
The theme of the day will be "Picture it!" We'll take you along on a journey, sketching the possibilities of a sharing city. At the end of the day you will not only be inspired. You will feel and know sharing is within reach. Possibilitys are allready there. The only thing left is your choice wether or not you will jump in to this world of sharing an abundance.

Categories: Economics

Mending Library Repairs Clothes and Connects People on SF's Skid Row

September 29, 2015 - 08:16

Travel guides generally warn tourists to steer clear of the Tenderloin District, San Francisco's version of skid row. For 14 years, however, Michael Swaine mended clothes for people in the heart of the district. Once a month, he set up his cart, with its antique treadle sewing machine, and got to work repairing pants, tops, jackets, bags, or whatever else a needle and thread could save.

Categories: Economics

Communitere Is Bringing The Tools For Renewal To Nepal

September 28, 2015 - 10:32

When catastrophic disaster strikes anywhere in the world, the affected community faces many challenges in rebuilding their lives, homes and communities. But when disaster strikes in a developing country, the challenges are compounded by a lack of access to the tools, space and resources needed to begin rebuilding.

Categories: Economics

Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More

September 28, 2015 - 09:42

Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn / Foter / CC BY.

We’ve always known walking is good for us -- it burns calories, reduces stress, and helps the environment.

Categories: Economics

Restaurant Day: A Global Invitation to Would-Be Restaurateurs

September 28, 2015 - 09:10

Khoa Truon, Hoa Nguyen, Trang Nguyen, Phuong Nguyen, and Juha Hiltunen served Vietnamese food at Coc Coc Noodles in Helsinki on Restaurant Day November 11, 2013. (Roy Bäckström / Restaurant Day)

Categories: Economics

Sharing Vouchers Offer a Simple Way to Share Anything

September 28, 2015 - 08:33

Imagine going into a coffee shop, conference center, library, or business and easily connecting with other people willing to share goods or services. That’s the idea behind the Sharing Vouchers, a no-tech, neighborly way to create a culture of sharing.

Categories: Economics

Maybe You CAN File for Bankruptcy on Student Loans, After All

September 25, 2015 - 12:02

Ah, student debt. 

If you have it, you're not alone; 40 million Americans carry some form of student debt, according to CNN.

But if you thought you were stuck with it, you might just be wrong, according to an article in Yes! Magazine.

Categories: Economics

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

September 23, 2015 - 13:40

Article cross-posted from Written by Chris Hamilton. Photo: Dylan Passmore

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43 percent) and Portland, Oregon, (47 percent) are at the higher end.

Categories: Economics

Libraries on the Front Lines of the Homelessness Crisis in the U.S.

September 23, 2015 - 08:24

By Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy and David C Stevens, Resident, Radiology both of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Cross-posted from The Conversation.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Sharing.Lab's Signe Kassow on Sharing in Denmark

September 22, 2015 - 14:14

Copenhagen-based Sharing.Lab uses technology to foster in-person interactions among urban residents. (Park Inn Blog)

The current, technology-driven incarnation of the sharing economy in Denmark draws on the country's long tradition of cooperativism, dating back at least to its transition (c. 1800) from grain to cattle and dairy farming. Besides agricultural cooperatives, cooperative stores, cooperatively-owned windmills, communes, and co-housing proliferated into the early twentieth century.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Tony Bacigalupo on Creating Vibrant Coworking Spaces

September 22, 2015 - 08:23

Tony Bacigalupo (left) facilitates an unconference at the last Global Coworking Unconference Conference in Berkeley, CA. Photo: Cat Johnson

Categories: Economics