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Could the Marijuana Industry Bring Public Banking to California?

August 16, 2017 - 12:59

Marijuana-related businesses in California could play a role in shaking up the U.S. banking sector. Earlier this month, California's state treasurer John Chiang called a meeting to explore the issue of banking access for businesses in the marijuana industry — and the possibility of doing it through a publicly-owned bank.

Chiang said that interest in public banking was gaining traction due to "a deep public dissatisfaction with our private banking system."

Categories: Economics

Podcast: What is Universal Basic Income — And How Would it Work?

August 15, 2017 - 18:22

What if you were paid just for being alive? Just imagine — you are given a check every month for the rest of your life that's enough to cover all of your basic needs. You wouldn't be driving around in a Ferrari or eating avocado toast every day, but you'd be receiving enough to live relatively comfortably. And there's absolutely nothing you would have to do in order to receive it. How would that change your life? What would you do differently? Close your eyes and just try to picture that for a second.

Categories: Economics

Guerrilla Cartography Mapmakers Use Crowdsourcing to Create Stunning Atlases

August 15, 2017 - 12:54

The California-based nonprofit group, Guerrilla Cartography, is set to publish its second collection of crowdsourced maps, called  "Water: An Atlas." The group's first atlas project, which was published in January of 2013, was geared at the global distribution of food. The project, "Food: An Atlas," explores the geography of food. It is vibrant and covers a number of topics, including "The World According to Chile Peppers" and "Food Insecurity and Indigenous Communities in Canada's North."

Categories: Economics

Q&A: reSITE's Martin Barry on Designing Sharing Cities in Europe

August 14, 2017 - 00:34

Earlier this summer, I was invited to lead a workshop at reSITE 2017: In/visible City, an annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, that brings together 1,000 architects, municipal leaders, planners, students, and investors, to discuss how to create "liveable, competitive, and resilient" cities. This has become one of the key events of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, a four-year project aimed at addressing the contemporary urban challenges of European cities.

Categories: Economics

How Mobile Apps Are Helping People Design and Develop Their Cities

August 11, 2017 - 12:48

Mobile technologies are reshaping people's civic engagement in a number of ways. Smartphones have now opened up so many avenues for people to report issues and share ideas to improve their cities. They've also enabled local authorities to improve services for their constituents. Before the widespread use of smartphones, a resident who wanted to complain about a pothole would either have to call or write to their local city council.

Categories: Economics

Ghent's Quick Rise as a Sustainable, Commons-Based Sharing City

August 9, 2017 - 11:34

A renewable energy cooperative, a community land trust, and a former church building publicly-controlled and used by nearby residents — these are just a few examples of about 500 urban commons projects that are thriving in the Flemish city of Ghent in Belgium. A new research report (in Dutch) shows that within the last 10 years, the city has seen a ten-fold increase in local commons initiatives.

Categories: Economics

3 Up-and-Coming Sharing Cities You'll Want to Explore

August 8, 2017 - 13:26

More and more, we're seeing community-based sharing projects around the world. While Seoul, South Korea, is often spotlighted as a model "Sharing City," there are many others that have incredible sharing initiatives, including Berlin (Germany), Cape Town (South Africa), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). From tool libraries to car-sharing setups to projects linking dumpster divers with hungry vegetable lovers, these three cities have worked their way to the forefront of the global sharing ecosystem.

Categories: Economics

3 Up-and-Coming Sharing Cities You'll Want to Explore

August 8, 2017 - 13:26

More and more, we're seeing community-based sharing projects around the world. While Seoul, South Korea, is often spotlighted as a model "Sharing City," there are many others that have incredible sharing initiatives, including Berlin (Germany), Cape Town (South Africa), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). From tool libraries to car-sharing setups to projects linking dumpster divers with hungry vegetable lovers, these three cities have worked their way to the forefront of the global sharing ecosystem.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: The Rules' Alnoor Ladha on Local Economics, Decentralization of Power, and More

August 8, 2017 - 10:38

Playing for Team Human today, activist trainer and executive director of theRules.org, Alnoor Ladha.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: The Rules' Alnoor Ladha on Local Economics, Decentralization of Power, and More

August 8, 2017 - 10:38

Playing for Team Human today, activist trainer and executive director of theRules.org, Alnoor Ladha.

Categories: Economics

Check Out Toy Cycle, a New Platform for Families to Swap Toys

August 7, 2017 - 08:02

Entrepreneur Rhonda Collins's twin daughters are the inspiration behind the new online community, Toy-Cycle which launched this month. The toy exchange site will help parents save money by buying fewer new toys for their children while allowing their kids to enjoy a number of different toys.

Categories: Economics

Check Out Toy Cycle, a New Platform for Families to Swap Toys

August 7, 2017 - 08:02

Entrepreneur Rhonda Collins's twin daughters are the inspiration behind the new online community, Toy-Cycle which launched this month. The toy exchange site will help parents save money by buying fewer new toys for their children while allowing their kids to enjoy a number of different toys.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Crossing Party Lines to Build Local Solar Power

August 3, 2017 - 08:44

In this episode of Building Local Power, we interview Debbie Dooley, President of Conservatives for Energy Freedom and co-founder of the Green Tea Coalition.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: Crossing Party Lines to Build Local Solar Power

August 3, 2017 - 08:44

In this episode of Building Local Power, we interview Debbie Dooley, President of Conservatives for Energy Freedom and co-founder of the Green Tea Coalition.

Categories: Economics

The Embassy Network Fosters a Multifaceted Approach to Shared Living

August 2, 2017 - 10:09

Communal housing is not just for students anymore. The Embassy Network, a collective  of shared houses across North America, Latin America, and Europe, is reinventing communal living for adults. The network was founded in San Francisco in 2012 by former NASA scientist Jessy Kate Schingler, her husband Rob Schingler (founder of satellite mapping company Planet Labs), and a few friends.

Categories: Economics

The Embassy Network Fosters a Multifaceted Approach to Shared Living

August 2, 2017 - 10:09

Communal housing is not just for students anymore. The Embassy Network, a collective  of shared houses across North America, Latin America, and Europe, is reinventing communal living for adults. The network was founded in San Francisco in 2012 by former NASA scientist Jessy Kate Schingler, her husband Rob Schingler (founder of satellite mapping company Planet Labs), and a few friends.

Categories: Economics

How Food Assembly Created a Sustainable, Community-driven Food Sharing System in Europe

August 1, 2017 - 13:09

The first "Ruche," or Food Assembly, took place in La Fauga, France, near the city of Toulouse, in September 2011 and took off from there. It was a space where consumers could meet food producers and pick up produce that they had previously ordered online. Since then, it has grown into a robust network of independently operated farmers' markets organized via an online platform. The timing for the launch of Food Assembly was ideal.

Categories: Economics

How Food Assembly Created a Sustainable, Community-driven Food Sharing System in Europe

August 1, 2017 - 13:09

The first "Ruche," or Food Assembly, took place in La Fauga, France, near the city of Toulouse, in September 2011 and took off from there. It was a space where consumers could meet food producers and pick up produce that they had previously ordered online. Since then, it has grown into a robust network of independently operated farmers' markets organized via an online platform. The timing for the launch of Food Assembly was ideal.

Categories: Economics

Future of Work: Seats2Meet's Innovative Model for Freelancers to Connect and Collaborate

July 31, 2017 - 13:16

Back in 2014, I stood at the entrance to Seats2Meet's flagship coworking space in Utrecht, Netherlands, and stared at a flat panel display showing all the names of all the people working there and their skills in real time. Ronald van den Hoff, Seats2Meet's president and co-founder, explained that anyone could work for free in a Seats2Meet space as long as they agreed to help other people in their network. The fuel running the network is social capital.

Categories: Economics