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Interviewed: Roberto Covolo of ExFadda, a Design-led Social Innovation Hub in Rural Italy

May 23, 2016 - 08:35

Roberto Covolo, ExFadda’s project manager.

Jutting into the Mediterranean on the stiletto heel of Italy, the municipality of San Vito dei Normanni in Puglia is home to 20,000 Sanvitesi inhabitants. The Apulian countryside is peppered with olive groves, oak trees, and farms separated by wind-polished stone walls. Agriculture has long been the backbone of the local economy, but a lack of employment and social innovation has compelled a large portion of the town’s youth to emigrate.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Depot Brings Library of Things to Toronto

May 23, 2016 - 07:09

When the first Toronto Tool Library was launched in 2013, the project was so well received by the local community that it quickly grew to four locations and over 25,000 loans with a near 100 percent return rate.

Categories: Economics

Bootstrapping a Bossless Organization in 3 Easy Steps

May 20, 2016 - 05:44

Org chart for the Loomio cooperative in April 2016

Categories: Economics

11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy

May 18, 2016 - 12:00

As “death star platforms” such as Airbnb and Uber continue their pursuit of global domination, an alternative is rising in its wake.

Categories: Economics

Eugene Tiny House Villages Model Innovative Solutions to Homelessness

May 17, 2016 - 07:44

Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Rhonda Harding was working as a live-in health care provider when she became homeless. Her client passed away, and Harding couldn’t find other housing. “Since I was technically not on his lease, I had nowhere else to go,” she says.

Categories: Economics

Superpublic: A New Coworking Space to Connect Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors in San Francisco

May 16, 2016 - 07:41

A new coworking space in San Francisco aims to bring all levels of government together with businesses, nonprofits and universities to create solutions to San Francisco's problems. 

Categories: Economics

Look Out, Coworking. Here Comes Big Money

May 13, 2016 - 08:16

When a small group of coworking enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas in 2008, they knew they were on to something special. They couldn’t have known, however, that their budding movement would turn into a global industry. But, turn into an industry it has, complete with big money, corporate involvement, and a strong focus on scale. As the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) executive director Liz Elam said at last week’s conference in downtown Los Angeles, “If you’re not thinking about growth, you’re not thinking.”

Categories: Economics

Co-Designing the Crowdfunded Sharing City

May 12, 2016 - 09:09

London. Photo credit: barnyz via / CC BY-NC-ND.

From clothing to housing, design touches every aspect of our life. But as our world grows more connected, the role of designers is changing. In a recent conference in Amsterdam, Design & the City, designers explored a new sense of professional identity.

Categories: Economics

New Book Gives Rare Insider View of Sharing City Seoul

May 11, 2016 - 07:09

A new ebook from Creative Commons Korea (CC Korea) provides an insider’s view into Sharing City, Seoul, a pioneering, city-wide sharing initiative.

Categories: Economics

One Family’s Move From Cohousing to a Smaller, Tighter Community

May 10, 2016 - 07:07

This is the story of Rebecca Reid, her family, and their decision to move from a cohousing community to a farmhouse. Reid is a grandmother, a farmer, and a photographer who thinks that community is the answer, and has been trying to prove it for years. She lives in Leverett, Massachusetts with her chosen family, and is very happy. Article cross-published from

Categories: Economics

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Host an Alternative Gift Fair

May 9, 2016 - 14:01

This piece was written by Julie Welles for The Center for a New American Dream. 

Categories: Economics

The Complete Guide to Hosting a #MapJam in Your City

May 9, 2016 - 13:05

The next round of the global #MapJam takes place June 5-11, during #GlobalSharingWeek. Join a Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. PST by clicking on this link:

Categories: Economics

14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events

May 5, 2016 - 10:01

Organizing a local sharing event is a great opportunity to bring people together and cultivate a culture of cooperation in your community. Whether it's a one-off skillshare or an annual ShareFest, events show people that sustainable, reciprocal societies are possible — and they're a lot of fun too.

Categories: Economics

This Worker-Owned Tech Startup Found Investors — and Kept Its Values

May 4, 2016 - 14:30

This piece was written by Nathan Schneider for Yes! Magazine.

Categories: Economics

At the Toronto Public Library, You Can Now Borrow Musical Instruments

May 4, 2016 - 08:32

Have you ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument but weren’t sure where to start? In Toronto, it’s as easy as heading down to the public library.

The Parkdale branch now has a Musical Instrument Lending Library stocked with more than 100 instruments, including guitars, ukuleles, drums, violins, keyboards, a banjo, and a mandolin.

Categories: Economics

Hipcamp's Service Takes House Sharing to the Great Outdoors

May 4, 2016 - 08:14

A few years ago, Alyssa Ravasio spent hours searching for a campsite along the California coast to watch the first sunrise of 2013. Ravasio told Techcrunch that it was "absurdly difficult" to find a campground that offered a view of the ocean. 

She did end up finding a spot on the beach where she saw spectacular waves — perfect for surfing — except Ravasio didn't have her surfboard with her. The detail about the waves hadn't shown up in her search results. 

Categories: Economics

Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities

May 3, 2016 - 10:29

The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016, to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.

Categories: Economics

Library Necktie Collection Gives Job Seekers a New Twist

May 3, 2016 - 08:10

As the library of things movement continues to grow, one library in Philadelphia is bringing a new twist to its offerings: neckties.

The Paschalville Branch Library in southwest Philadelphia loans out ties to job seekers for three weeks at a time. Dubbed a “tiebrary,” the collection includes a variety of patterns, including dots, plaid, and stripes.

Categories: Economics

How #MapJam is Connecting the Global Sharing Movement

May 2, 2016 - 13:20

We're delighted to report that #MapJam 3.0 was a great success and a testament to the ever-growing interest in showcasing and utilizing community-based sharing resources. More than 200 people came to #MapJam events in cities around the world, including Beirut, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Toronto, to create and update public maps of resources in their communities that foster sharing. 

Categories: Economics

Explore the New Economy’s Potential During Global Sharing Week

May 2, 2016 - 13:19

Mark your calendars: Global Sharing Week 2016 takes place June 5-11.

At a time when endless consumption and the privatization of the commons grows ever more pervasive, the simple act of sharing can be revolutionary. It challenges the notion that for-profit companies and other private enterprises must be the suppliers of all goods, services, and experiences in our day-to-day lives. That's why people are coming together to share resources and knowledge with each other. It's empowering, sustainable, and leads to stronger, more resilient communities.

Categories: Economics