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7 Fabulous and Inspiring Mobile Libraries

July 26, 2016 - 07:07

Contradicting the notion that books are only found in bookstores and brick and mortar libraries, people are creating all kinds of clever ways to share books on the go. From book bicycles and camels to DIY bookmobiles, mobile libraries are a great way to connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.

Here are 7 of our favorite mobile libraries. Some of them were temporary projects and some are still going strong. They all captured our attention and inspire us to read more and share more.

Categories: Economics

The Apios Institute: A Polyculture Wiki in the Works

July 25, 2016 - 12:26

What happens when you bring farmers, gardeners, and researchers together with a singular purpose? A wiki of perennial polycultures shepherded by the Apios Institute that aims to support folks around the world who wish to grow their climate's version of an "integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens)."

Categories: Economics

The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP

July 25, 2016 - 07:42

Bologna, Emilia Romagna. Photo credit: Tomas Kohl. Article and image cross-posted from YES! magazine. Authored by John Duda.

Categories: Economics

The Working World: Funding Co-ops with Non-Extractive Capital

July 20, 2016 - 07:29

As more and more consumers get savvy about where they put their money, how do cooperatives expand their supply to meet the demand? After all, worker-owners each have a stake in the co-op's future and a vote on the co-op's decisions. And that can be a problem if a business needs to secure a bank loan in order to scale up operations. Individuals within the group can't—and shouldn't—be singled out as loan applicants.

Categories: Economics

The $25,000 Open Source, Modular, Eco-Home

July 20, 2016 - 06:28

Shareable recently wrote about the Open Building Institute’s (OBI) crowdfunding campaign to fund its eco-building toolkit. With 14 days to go, the project has raised over $65,000 of its $80,000 goal. This Q&A with OBI founding partner Marcin Jakubowski originally appeared on Open Source Ecology.

Categories: Economics

How OpenMedia is Crowdsourcing its Activism

July 19, 2016 - 05:30

There’s no question that the internet has ushered in a renaissance in building advocacy movements. We now have a number of platforms to coordinate global activism campaigns and connect large bases of supporters. But in spite of all the technological developments, there’s been scant public discourse among organizers and campaigners about the strategies they employ to win support for their causes.

Categories: Economics

Placemaking Around the World: 10 Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Public Spaces

July 18, 2016 - 11:01

Placemaking is an approach to improving public space by inspiring and empowering people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the spaces around them as community resources and gathering places.

Categories: Economics

Michel Bauwens Explains the Great Value-Shift of Our Time

July 18, 2016 - 09:42

Photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

New Report: Smartphone Apps May Change Transportation More Than Expected

July 13, 2016 - 09:30

As you've probably noticed, smartphone apps are having a big impact on transportation. A new report, Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies, by the U.S. Department of Transportation and UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center provides a comprehensive overview of the growing number of apps influencing travel choices and is meant as a primer for policymakers.

Categories: Economics

Germany Joins Europe's Bike Highway Revolution

July 13, 2016 - 08:18

Photo courtesy of RS1.

Leave it to Germany to build a bicycle autobahn that connect 10 cities within its borders. The goal? To take some 50,000 vehicles off the actual highways and make commuting by bike a much easier -- and safer -- proposition.

Categories: Economics

New Guide Explores the Past and Bright Future of Coliving

July 12, 2016 - 05:30

As coworking explodes in popularity, its parallel movement, co-living, is being touted as the next disruption of surplus space. At its essence, co-living offers shared living space and amenities, more housemates than the typical roommate situation, access to a network of properties, and flexible lease options that allow long and short-term residents to live side by side.

Categories: Economics

Open-Source Toolkit Aims to Make Home Building Cheap, Easy and Green

July 11, 2016 - 07:44

As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

July 11, 2016 - 07:42

A few times a year, we round up the top new books about cities, sharing, collaboration, social tech, movement trends and more. Here are 21 books worth checking out for Shareable summer reading.

Categories: Economics

Open-data Hactivists Help Taipei Craft Regulatory Response to Uber

July 6, 2016 - 12:58

Taipei taxi operators, representatives of Uber, Inc., government officials, and Taiwanese citizens worked together to develop a regulatory approach to Uber. (Tomás Fano / Flickr)

Categories: Economics

New Ridesharing Alternatives Thrive After Uber Leaves Austin

July 6, 2016 - 11:53

There are numerous reasons to be critical of the corporate "sharing economy," which claims to democratize work and enable people to share assets. Companies like Uber, Airbnb, and Taskrabbit facilitate peer-to-peer access to various services for customers, and promise an easy income for their contract workers. But along with the convenience come some hazards for those involved.

Categories: Economics

Forming a Worker Coop: LLC or Cooperative Corporation?

July 6, 2016 - 10:52

Article and image cross-posted from the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Authored by Sara Stephens. 

We want to create a worker cooperative. What legal entity should we form?

Categories: Economics

The Commons as a Living Process: David Bollier on Transforming Our System

July 5, 2016 - 08:59

In his recent paper, Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm, author, activist and commons scholar David Bollier argues that the commons, which he describes as “at once a paradigm, a discourse, an ethic, and a set of social practices,” holds great promise in transcending the conundrum of imagining and building a “radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change.”

Categories: Economics

Seeking Freelance Technology Writer

June 29, 2016 - 09:48

Do you like writing about the role of technology in society? Are you a critical thinker with a public interest point of view? We've got a great gig for you.

We're looking for a freelance reporter to regularly file stories on the latest news about the intersection of technology and sharing, including open-source tools, platform co-ops, crowdsourcing, open government, urban tech, and other technologies. We're seeking a reporter who has deep knowledge of the space and a keen interest in learning more.

Other key skills:

Categories: Economics

The Chicago Honey Co-op Works with a Hive Mind

June 29, 2016 - 07:08

Bees are essential to food production. In response to the massive, global colony collapse problem, myriad urban beekeeping organizations have cropped up around the country. One such group, the Chicago Honey Co-op, was founded in 2004 and continues to expand its operations. 

Categories: Economics