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Want to Solve Climate Change? Tackle Inequality

October 20, 2014 - 13:42

Figure 1: The Doughnut: humanity’s sweet spot. Article cross posted from Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics blog.

Categories: Economics

Firechat Enables Activist Mesh Network in Hong Kong

October 20, 2014 - 08:21

The Umbrella Revolution that is still going on in Hong Kong has gained widespread attention for its use of social media to organize the protests, the clearest example being the chatroom app Firechat. Firechat allows users to turn their smartphone into a node that transmits data, either by WiFi or Bluetooth, to other phones within a short range.

Categories: Economics

Is Peer-to-Peer Energy the Next Big Sharing Thing?

October 20, 2014 - 07:47

Selling excess solar or wind energy back to the power company is not a new idea. But what if, instead of selling renewable energy back to companies who then sell it to our neighbors, we could sell the energy directly to our neighbors?

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Sharing Cities Fellow and TEDx Speaker M. Andre Primus

October 16, 2014 - 07:59

Recently, M. Andre Primus gave a TEDx talk where he described the sharing economy as what happens when you love your neighbor as yourself. A Sharing Cities Fellow, Primus founded RocShare, in Rochester, New York, to grow the local sharing economy. His goal is to make Rochester a sharing town by connecting people, community organizations and sharing businesses.

Categories: Economics Using Cryptocurrency to Bring Economic Justice to the World

October 16, 2014 - 06:49

Imagine an online cooperative that supports economic equality around the world and is free from state control. This is the vision for First envisioned by Enric Duran, cofounder of the Catalan Integral Cooperative, is an extension of peer-to-peer values, open cooperation, and hacker ethics. If's lofty ideals are realized in a concrete way, it could prove revolutionary.

Categories: Economics

Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet

October 14, 2014 - 08:35

Photo credit: Foter / Public domain. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

We’re Jammin’ Round the World: #MapJam Reaches 50 Cities

October 14, 2014 - 05:20

"If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places--and there are so many--where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.

Categories: Economics

How to Make Transit Hubs Safer for Everyone Using Intersection Repair

October 13, 2014 - 09:56

By Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative. Photo credit: gregraisman

Transit Hubs are busy intersections where train lines, bus lines, cars, taxis, pedestrians, and bicycles often meet. Here’s how to make sure those who depend on transit the most (the very young, the very old, and families on tight budgets) can get across intersections safely.

STEP 1. Watch the People Flow.

Categories: Economics

Public Roads, Private Maps

October 13, 2014 - 09:05

This story was originally published at re:form, a new design publication on Medium. Illustrations by Susie Cagle.

The first time I rode my bike from my new house in Oakland, I felt hopeful.

I sped down the smooth hill, clad in new bike gloves and helmet, official city bike map in my front pants pocket.

By the time I arrived downtown, less than three miles away, I’d dodged five very close-cutting cars, a half-dozen errant pedestrians, and more potholes than I could count.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Week Connects Dutch Sharers through National Event

October 13, 2014 - 06:47

Sharing Week is in full-swing in the Netherlands. Running until October 15th, with events throughout the country, primarily at Seats2meet coworking locations, it’s an opportunity to celebrate sharing, discuss challenges and opportunities, and envision sharing’s bright future. This is the second Sharing Week, which comes hot on the heels of the first one held in June.

Categories: Economics

Solidarity Economy Organizing in the Wake of Mike Brown

October 9, 2014 - 11:06

Since early August, the tragic killing of Mike Brown has caught fire in the news. It’s no surprise that mainstream media has limited the conversation to this one isolated incident. But it leaves a crucial void of voices for change that are working to solve the economic inequalities that create racial injustice in the first place.

Categories: Economics

New eBook Details Seoul’s Sharing City Project

October 8, 2014 - 08:56

With its official, city-wide commitment to the sharing economy, Seoul's metropolitan government has emerged as a leader in the global sharing movement. Recently, Creative Commons Korea released an ebook detailing many of the Sharing City, Seoul projects, at both the community- and municipal-level, that form this new sharing mega-city.

Categories: Economics

15 Participatory Budgeting Projects that Give Power to the People

October 8, 2014 - 08:17

To create vibrant communities, people need to share in the decisions that affect them. This is true for neighborhoods, cities, and beyond.

Participatory budgeting, in which people decide together how a portion of a government's (or organization's) budget is spent, is a proven way to give decision-making power to the people. It enables citizens to play an active role in shaping their community and creates more transparent governments.

Categories: Economics

Join the Global #MapJam to Organize the New Economy in Your City

October 7, 2014 - 12:21

Starting next Monday, October 13th and continuing through the end of the month, groups are coming together all over the world in pursuit of a shared goal. We want to map every city to make visible the economic transformation that’s already happening, connect it and organize for collective power.

Categories: Economics

The Top 10 TED Talks about Cities

October 6, 2014 - 09:35

Photo credit: TED.

1. Amanda Burden: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

Categories: Economics

How to Celebrate #RideSharingDay

October 6, 2014 - 07:33

Ridesharing, in its many forms, is a fun and practical aspect of the sharing economy. It's a way to reduce your carbon footprint, meet like-minded people, save money, and support new and innovative ways of getting around. It's a great way to enter the sharing lifestyle.

International #RideSharingDay is a celebration of all things ridesharing. Celebrated around the world on October 10th, the event, now in its seventh year, serves as a reminder of the importance of rethinking our methods of transportation.

Categories: Economics

How to Apply Plaza Principles to Transit Hubs

October 6, 2014 - 07:20

Top image: A bland transit hub in LA. It doesn't have to be this way. Credit: Frederick Dennstedt

Categories: Economics

Freelancers Union to Expand Health Centers Nationally

October 2, 2014 - 08:57

In late June, Freelancers Union unveiled a national benefits platform to help independent American workers gain access to affordable insurance for health care, disability, term life, dental, liability, and retirement.

Categories: Economics

Beating the Drum for a New Economy

October 1, 2014 - 07:00

New Economy Week: October 13-19th, 2014

On September 21, 400,000 people from all walks of life arrived in New York City for the People's Climate March. The slogan of the march was simply, “To change everything, we need everyone.”

The People’s Climate March was a powerful breakthrough, not just because practically everyone did show up, but because of the growing awareness among climate activists that we do need “to change everything.”

Categories: Economics