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How Neighbors in Canada Used a Gift Registry to Welcome Refugees

February 22, 2017 - 11:13

My brother taught English to recent immigrants to the U.S. He used to talk about a student who had recently moved to Salem, Massachusetts, from Turkey. She would confide in him about how much she and her family missed Turkey — in particular, their tight-knit community where neighbors looked out for one other. The family moved to the U.S. because they believed it would improve their lives, but they were so lonely that they often wished they could return home.

Categories: Economics

First Publicly-traded B Corporation Marks 'Momentous Shift' for Public Markets

February 21, 2017 - 09:30
On Jan. 31, Laureate Education, a higher education company that aims to balance profits with the interests of students and their communities, raised $490 million in its initial public offering. What makes this remarkable is that Laureate is the first company to go public as a benefit corporation.   
Categories: Economics

Meet the Couple Who Are Launching Cohousing for LGBTQ Seniors

February 21, 2017 - 09:01
After spending time with friends in a house at the beach, Pat McAulay and her spouse Margaret Roesch wondered whether they should all consider living together when they retired. The two quickly realized that living under the same roof might be a bit too close for comfort, but that cohousing — housing communities often based around common interests — might be just the thing.  
Categories: Economics

New Report Explores 'Value in the Commons Economy'

February 16, 2017 - 09:26

What is at the heart of the problems erupting worldwide? Is anything good emerging from these multiple crises? Can a new system grow from within the old one? Is it already here, visible and thriving?

Categories: Economics

Launching a Cooperative Isn't Easy — Here's a Resource to Get You Started

February 15, 2017 - 15:28

My foray into the cooperative movement began when I was a student at Indiana University doing campaign-based activism. Along with my fellow activists, I focused on putting a stop to things like the buy-out of the university-owned bookstores on campus by Barnes and Noble and the high costs of rental housing near our campus. After learning about the cooperative model — in which the users of an organization's products or services own and control the organization — our focus shifted to presenting cooperative solutions to these issues.

Categories: Economics

Kidoop: A Childcare Co-op App Takes Shape in the UK

February 15, 2017 - 12:49

Of all the problems facing parents, making sure our children have access to the highest quality childcare is one of the biggest. As studio members at Near Now — an arts, design, and innovation studio based at Broadway in Nottingham — we have been working with #RadicalChildcare founder Amy Martin to research and prototype possible alternatives to current childcare provision. Our aim: re-imagine childcare for the 21st century through new approaches built on trust, flexibility, and shared resources. We know that the current childcare system is broken.

Categories: Economics

How to Create an Accessible Bike Share

February 15, 2017 - 12:09
Cities of all sizes now have bike share systems. But many of these systems often only have one or two types of bikes, and these may not be suitable for people with certain physical disabilities. We connected with Jon Terbush from bike share provider Zagster to find out how cities can create accessible bike shares.   Cat Johnson: What's the importance of having adaptive bikes in a bikeshare system?  
Categories: Economics

Community Power Offers Fukushima a Brighter, Cleaner Future

February 14, 2017 - 12:27

In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami ravaged the Fukushima prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan's main island of Honshu.

Categories: Economics

The Veterinary Cooperative Helps Independent Veterinarians Thrive

February 13, 2017 - 15:28

Though the freedom of owning a small business can be exhilarating, going at it alone can be a tough ride. Operating costs can be higher for independent veterinary practices and hospitals (thanks to pricey equipment, medicine, and supplies) compared to large veterinary hospital chains, which can access discounts through bulk purchasing.

Categories: Economics

Why Community-Based Senior Villages Are Growing in the US

February 13, 2017 - 08:43
Back in 2011, Shareable covered the budding senior village movement. The villages, of which there were only a handful at the time, offer seniors a safety net — members can live independently, while having the option to call people for help with any number of tasks, from getting a ride to the doctor to having a lightbulb changed in their home.
Categories: Economics

How Neighbors Turned Unused Buildings into a Thriving Community Hub

February 10, 2017 - 07:50
After years of brewing at home, Evan Sallee and his partners at Fair State Brewing, Minnesota's first consumer-owned beer cooperative, were finally ready to open a taproom in Minneapolis. They needed a spot that could accommodate brewing, with a storefront that invited people in off the street. That combination was hard to find until they looked at a space on Central Avenue in the city's Northeast neighborhood.  
Categories: Economics

Podcast: What's the Role of the Legal System in Creating an Equitable Economy?

February 9, 2017 - 15:27

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Janelle Orsi, founder of The Sustainable Economies Law Center.

Categories: Economics

FoodCycle Prevents Food Waste and Builds Community, One Meal at a Time

February 8, 2017 - 16:35

One-third of all food produced worldwide is wasted, according to the United Nations. The U.K. is no exception, with 15 million tons squandered each year.

Categories: Economics

How Shared Housing Can Help Counter Social Isolation Among Seniors

February 8, 2017 - 08:18
The term "elder orphan" describes a senior citizen who doesn't have children, a spouse, or family nearby to help them out. Elder orphans are often socially isolated and at-risk of not having their basic needs met.
Categories: Economics

The Mutual Aid Network Takes a Ground-Up Approach to Create a Collaborative Economy

February 7, 2017 - 21:16

If it wasn't crystal clear just weeks ago, it is now: The economy as it stands is currently positioned in direct opposition to social and environmental objectives. For the sake of the wellbeing of our communities, our children, and our planet, it is imperative we change the voracious path of our consumption culture and consider how we might create opportunities for people to find meaningful work.

Categories: Economics

The Fab City: It's More Than Just a City Full of Fab Labs

February 6, 2017 - 11:19
The Fab City, a locally self-sufficient and globally connected city, invites us to explore how digital manufacturing could relocate food, energy and industrial production in an urban setting. It was the central subject of  an evening organized by OuiShare on November 10 as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival and our exploration of the future of cities.
Categories: Economics

4 Ways to Bring Self-Care Into Your Work

February 2, 2017 - 15:16

More than ever, it's important to integrate self-care in your work schedule and space. Imagine how much more effective you and your community organization could be if you took care of yourself as you take care of those your group serves. Incorporating self-care reinforces the good habits that help fortify you against stress. Here are four easy things you can do that could help bring about greater change in how you work.

1. Unplug

Categories: Economics

Consumer Cooperatives in Japan Enter the Digital Age

February 2, 2017 - 12:27

Japan's Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU), commonly referred to as Co-op in Japan, is the world's largest consumer cooperative. It provides a diverse range of goods and services, and its resilience in the face of economic challenges and social change is a model for how cooperatives can transition to the digital era.

Categories: Economics

How to Make a Systems Graphic to Understand Shared Enterprises

February 1, 2017 - 12:46

Wherever we are, we need to deal with complex systems, from small family units to whole environmental ecosystems. With zillions of entities interacting, it's almost impossible to keep track of how our actions may affect the world. When we are faced with such situations and need to understand complex systems or find solutions to complicated problems, it can be helpful to visualize our understanding of these interactions.

Categories: Economics