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9 Incredible Sci-Fi Inspired Little Free Libraries

August 26, 2015 - 09:05

Think Little Free Libraries are just plain boxes filled with books? Think again. These otherworldly “branches” push the realm of Little Free Libraries to the outer limits.

1. TARDIS

This Doctor Who-inspired Little Free Library is an almost-life-size model of the famous TARDIS time machine and spacecraft.

Categories: Economics

11 Ways to Create a Totally Shareable College Experience

August 26, 2015 - 08:00

Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to help bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.

1. Top 10 Tips for Starting a Campus Food Coop

Categories: Economics

New Report Outlines Strategies for Community Wealth Building

August 24, 2015 - 12:17

A new Democracy Collaborative report summarizes lessons learned from 11 case studies of organizations including the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. (DSNI via Facebook)

Categories: Economics

#ShareYourselfHappy Spreads the Love of Sharing

August 24, 2015 - 07:31

by Tolani Moibi, Community Manager at Compare and Share

Categories: Economics

Coworking Visionaries Weigh In on the Future of the Movement

August 24, 2015 - 06:50

Ten years ago this month, coworking was born in San Francisco when Brad Neuberg set up some card tables and invited people to work alongside him. There are now over 3,000 coworking spaces worldwide.

Categories: Economics

How Placemaking with "Bottle Bricks" Changes Lives

August 20, 2015 - 07:59

Volunteers working on Earthbench. Photo credit: POEM.

Categories: Economics

Giftival Celebrates the Heart of the Global Gift Economy

August 18, 2015 - 07:18

After days of fragrant, sun-filled skies, the weather did an about-face and turned stormy on my fourth morning walk through Trastevere in Rome. The black marble square tiles that make up the street paving in this ancient section of the city became slippery with the rain. I wrapped myself in my wool shawl and made a break for the door, trying to avoid slipping and being soaked through and through.

Categories: Economics

Cotivation Helps Freelancers Succeed Through Mutual Accountability

August 17, 2015 - 07:53

New Cotivation group at Halton Hive in Burlington, Ontario

Categories: Economics

Ex-cons at LA Kitchen Feed the Hungry with Food Waste

August 17, 2015 - 07:16

“Neither food nor people should ever go to waste.”

This is the motto of the LA Kitchen, a project that recovers healthy, local food from the waste stream to feed the hungry and gives unemployed adults—particularly adults exiting prison as well as foster kids aging out of the system—culinary training. The meals they create are distributed to Los Angeles' most vulnerable populations, with a focus on the elderly. 

Categories: Economics

Tipalti: Helping Sharing Businesses Solve Payment Challenges

August 12, 2015 - 09:02

Image credit: M4D Group (CC-BY)

Categories: Economics

Dignity, Democracy and Food: An Interview with Frances Moore Lappè

August 11, 2015 - 07:00

Frances Moore Lappè’s iconic Diet for a Small Planet has helped awaken millions of people to the connections between our diets, our bodies, and the fate of the planet. Since its publication in 1971, a rich array of food-related movements has risen up, taking on everything from nutrition and health, to farmer and farmworker justice, to world hunger and climate crisis.

Categories: Economics

Meet the New American Dream 2015 Neighborhood Challenge Winners

August 11, 2015 - 06:02

Article cross-posted from NewDream.org and authored by Margaret Swink. Photo credit: Permaculture Park.

Categories: Economics

“Something’s Happening Here… What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear…”

August 10, 2015 - 06:03

Article cross-posted from 1worker1vote.org. Photo credit: C x 2 / Foter / CC BY.

Categories: Economics

Mystic Midway Inspires Community Play and Service to Others

August 10, 2015 - 04:54

The Mystic Midway is a community, a performance troupe, a roving carnival, and a strategy for connecting people in a whimsical, playful and creative way. It's made up of professional actors, dancers, clowns, mystics, social activists, musicians, costume designers, graphic artists and more.

Categories: Economics

Mutual Aid Network: The New Cooperative Model on the Block

August 7, 2015 - 12:17

The move to a new economy is underway, whether we like it or not. The many cracks widening in latter-day capitalism are creating new pressures and opportunities for people to do things differently. The real question is whether we patch over those cracks with more of the same, or nurture the seedlings for a more beautiful world that are sprouting up and breaking through.

Categories: Economics

Made with Creative Commons: A Book on Open Business Models

August 5, 2015 - 07:35

by Paul Stacey, Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons

Business has always benefited from the Commons. Air, water, forests, pastures, fish and other Commons-based natural resources have long been freely accessed and used. In the age of the Internet we've seen natural resource-based Commons augmented with a rapidly growing digital Commons.

Categories: Economics

New Report Explores Community Land Trusts and the Commons

August 4, 2015 - 09:01

In a new report, Mike Lewis and Pat Conaty, authors of the book The Resilience Imperative: Co-operative Transitions to a Steady-state Economy, explore the connection between community land trusts and the Commons.

Categories: Economics

The Power of Peers Inc: a Q&A with Robin Chase

August 4, 2015 - 08:21

Robin Chase is a collaborative consumption pioneer whose work in the field predates even the term “sharing economy.” As co-founder and the first CEO of Zipcar, the largest car sharing platform in the world, Chase helped usher in the era of putting idle assets to work. Her continued work in the transportation field includes co-founding Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy), and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

Categories: Economics

Adorable Library on Wheels Brings Books to Children in Italy

August 3, 2015 - 07:19

Antonio De Cava is a lifelong lover of reading and retired school teacher in Southern Italy. Recognizing that children in the local villages didn’t have easy access to books, he created the Bibliomotocarro, a portable library on wheels that holds 700 books.

Designed to get free books into the hands of young people, the Bibliomotocarro is welcomed with smiles and enthusiastic chatter wherever De Cava goes. When children hear the organ music of the Bibliomotocarro, they run to meet it like they would an ice cream truck.

Categories: Economics