Over 10 years ago, I accidentally began my career as a pro bono design practitioner, and subsequently fell in love with social impact. From a young age, like many restless millennials, I knew I wanted to design a career for myself that centered on giving back. My first step was to launch verynice, when I was 19 years old from my college dorm room.
GCUC 2015's unconference schedule. Events are a great way to market a coworking space. Photo by author.
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The Portuguese town of Ovar recently had an impressive 25 percent of its residents turn out to vote in its first participatory budgeting campaign. A seaside town of 55,398, Ovar is one of the oldest municipalities in Portugal. The city implemented participatory budgeting as a means for the current mayor, Salvador Malheiro, to connect with the citizens and better engage young people.
TSRC's latest white paper is a background and summary report on shared mobility services in the United States.
The United States' Black Friday holiday shopping ritual doesn’t have to be a descent into its usual madness. There are plenty of ways to build community, express gratitude, exercise your creativity, celebrate the commons, and otherwise stay sane. Here are 15 of our favorites.
It is quite fitting that Sharitaly, an attempt to “translate” the sharing economy into the Italian context, took place in Milan, a city which has played such an enormous role in the development of workers’ rights in Italy, and is the current business capital of the country.
Mayor Merola welcomes conference attendees to Bologna, Italy
The City as a Commons conference broke new ground earlier this month. As the first International Association of the Study of the Commons (IASC) conference on the urban commons, it urged that the historical focus of study and action on rural natural resource commons should shift, at least somewhat, to material and immaterial commons in cities. This is appropriate now that humans have become an urban species for the first time within the last decade.
Vibrant, thriving commons are essential to creating healthy, human-scale cities. Our public streets are one of the most overlooked commons, as they’ve long been dominated by cars. But a growing movement is working to recreate streets as public spaces that belong to everyone—not just car owners.
“Silicon Valley loves a good disruption. So let's give them one.”
Farmer and former prisoner Gaquayla Lagrone tends to the tomatoes at West Oakland Farms. Photo: Michael Short / San Francisco Chronicle
Beijing and Vienna-based architecture studio Penda wants to use bamboo to build modular, sustainable housing systems that could house up to 200,000 people. The team's first stab at the idea came last year when they conceived of One with the Birds, a modular bamboo hotel comprised of triangular, scalable cabins that can expand horizontally or vertically.
The growth of a real sharing economy depends on community. And it follows that building community is greatly helped by access to common space. That's why cities have been hailed as the great bastions of innovation--the more opportunity people have to connect with one another, the more likely for cross-pollination of ideas.
Top image: Irene Aguilar, the chief architect of ColoradoCare. Article and Aguilar image cross-posted from YES! Magazine.
Photo: Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington (The Press Democrat)
Last week, officials in Sonoma County in Northern California took the first steps toward creating tiny house villages as a low-cost way to house the county’s homeless.
Boston-area high schoolers built the LEGO model used in a recent series of workshops at MIT. (Ariel Noyman/MIT Media Lab via CityLab)
What grads often miss most about college is the sociality of dorm life. A professor in San Diego saw the benefits of community living beyond college and created La Esquina, a kind of dorm for adults.
The exterior of La Esquina, which means "the corner" in Spanish, complete with a 3D mural of Cesar Chavez created by Perez' son. Photos: Ye Rin Mok/Dwell.
As the sharing economy explodes in growth, with new startups emerging regularly, many city officials are left scratching their heads wondering how to deal with this industry. From Uber and Airbnb, which have become what Shareable co-founder Neal Gorenflo describes as “death star platforms," to local sharing projects, much of the sharing economy remains in grey areas.