If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. It's a sentiment famously expressed by activist Emma Goldman, but Goldman was not alone in her idea of a worthy revolution. Shareable’s #SharingSpring initiative, just one aspect of the worldwide movement toward sharing societies, is proving to involve a fair amount of dancing.
Robust participation in a sharing economy requires connection—to share, people must be able to interact with one another to identify resources and ways to move goods and services.
In 2013, Peers hit the sharing scene and immediately got to work organizing people around the world. Through the coordination of grassroots projects including local clothing swaps and mealshares to awareness-raising and activism to address regulations that impede ridesharing, short-term rentals and more, Peers has positioned itself as a leader of the sharing movement.
Beyond God and state, it’s money that rules. Can we still imagine alternatives? And what role will recent innovations like Bitcoin play in the struggle?
Tiny houses are definitely trending. Stimulated by the recession and increasing housing costs, as well as a desire to simplify and downsize, tiny houses are popping up in cities, rural areas, harbors, apartment complexes and more. More than just cute, simple dwellings, tiny houses are tools to help people transform their lives.
Images and excerpt from the Sustainist Design Guide: How Sharing, Localism, Connectedness, and Proportionality are Creating a New Agenda for Social Design, by Michiel Schwarz and Diana Krabbendam with The Beach Network. Design: Robin Uleman.
“Is this your first WUF?” is a question commonly asked at the World Urban Forum, a gathering for, by, and about city people that was first convened by UN Habitat in Nairobi in 2002 and descended on Medellín, Colombia last week for its 7th incarnation.
Chris Michael is laying down some hard truths. The founding director of the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC), Michael gives a lot of thought to our collective relationship with work and he doesn’t like what he sees. “For the most part, here in the West,” he says, “we’re under the direct, minute to minute, command and control of the investor class.”
“We’re not stuck in a traffic jam. We are the traffic jam.”
The sharing movement in Europe is thriving. Due in large part to the endless hustle, focus, and connectedness of the OuiShare community, new networks are forming, growing, and connecting with each other.
What’s more fun than a clothing and goods swap? A clothing and goods swap with a DJ and dancefloor, of course. Recently, a group of sharers in Detroit, a model of resilience, reinvention, do-it-together city-building, and the birthplace of oodles of great music—Motown, techno music and Funkadelic to name a few—organized the Detroit Spring Clean Swap + Skillshare.
Recently I walked into a new storefront in San Francisco’s Upper Haight neighborhood called Second Act, a space featuring five culinary vendors, each of which are on three-year leases and conduct their business out of 100-square foot spaces. As I navigated my way through the enticing aromas, I came to a backroom with several tables, each advertising a different locally made product. PopUpsters, a new business connecting artisans with temporary spaces, organized the event.
Old Utrecht, bicycles everywhere. Photo: Neal Gorenflo
There’s something telling in the handlebars of old Dutch bicycles. They jut out a bit from the stem, then curve sharply back to meet the hands of a relaxed, upright rider.
When walking in the old district of Utrecht this past February, a gaggle of riders whizzed by me four abreast on this narrow, cobbled lane. They were nearly shoulder-to-shoulder.
Photo credit: Olmo Calvo
Spanish war tax resisters and activists from the 15-M, or indignados, movement (the Spanish version of “Occupy”) have joined forces to organize a sharing economy network and to nourish it with redirected taxes.
Social change is hard work. It can also be scary as hell – a leap of faith into the unknown, a risky challenge to the status quo. Sometimes even the most dedicated (me included) are unsure of how to realize our dreams, or are overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable obstacles.