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Go Shopping for Models of Impact on Black Friday

14 hours 17 min ago

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.

Categories: Economics

16 Creative Ways to Market Your Coworking Space

14 hours 35 min ago

GCUC 2015's unconference schedule. Events are a great way to market a coworking space. Photo by author.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 22 New Books for Winter

November 23, 2015 - 10:56

These days, access to information is virtually unlimited. From 140 character tweets, to videos, articles, blog posts, longreads, online courses, and podcasts, we can learn about whatever we want with the click of a button. But books provide us a unique opportunity to do a self-paced, deep exploration into topics.

Categories: Economics

Portuguese Town Uses Gamification to Get an Amazing 25% Turnout for Participatory Budgeting

November 23, 2015 - 07:54

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.

Categories: Economics

7 States Offering Free Park Admission on Black Friday

November 23, 2015 - 07:44

Top image: Muir Woods in Marin County, California. Photo credit: kirainet / / CC BY-NC-SA.

Categories: Economics

How a Network of Platform Co-op Accelerators Could Support Sharing Cities

November 20, 2015 - 08:23

Top image: Arenas Barcelona. Photo credit: Don McCullough / / CC BY-NC.

Categories: Economics

TSRC Publishes Indispensable Primer on Shared Mobility

November 20, 2015 - 05:46

TSRC's latest white paper is a background and summary report on shared mobility services in the United States.

Categories: Economics

15 Ways for Commoners to Stay Sane on Black Friday

November 18, 2015 - 08:57

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.

1. Explore Your Town

Categories: Economics

Sharitaly: Not Just an App

November 18, 2015 - 03:17

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.

Categories: Economics

City as a Commons Conference Reimagines Cities, and in High Relief

November 17, 2015 - 19:43

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.

Categories: Economics

8 Principles for Creating Thriving Public Streets

November 17, 2015 - 07:53

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.

Categories: Economics

Platform Cooperativism Conference Disrupts Silicon Valley's Disruptions

November 16, 2015 - 10:02

“Silicon Valley loves a good disruption. So let's give them one.”

Categories: Economics

Former Black Panther Creates Urban Farm for Ex-Prisoners, but it's Just the Beginning

November 16, 2015 - 08:24

Farmer and former prisoner Gaquayla Lagrone tends to the tomatoes at West Oakland Farms. ​Photo: Michael Short / San Francisco Chronicle

Categories: Economics

City Made of Bamboo Could House 200,000 People

November 16, 2015 - 07:25

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.

Categories: Economics

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 12, 2015 - 11:24

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.

Categories: Economics

Colorado Pushes for Universal Health Care That’s Governed by the People

November 11, 2015 - 09:34

Top image: Irene Aguilar, the chief architect of ColoradoCare. Article and Aguilar image cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

Categories: Economics

Sonoma County to Build Tiny House Village for the Homeless

November 10, 2015 - 07:22

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.

Categories: Economics

MIT's LEGO-based Tool Brings Urban Planning to the People

November 9, 2015 - 09:39

Boston-area high schoolers built the LEGO model used in a recent series of workshops at MIT. (Ariel Noyman/MIT Media Lab via CityLab)

Categories: Economics

Dorms for Adults

November 9, 2015 - 09:27

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. 

Categories: Economics

New Report: Sharing Economy Must be Shaped by City Governments to Deliver Public Benefits

November 9, 2015 - 08:30

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.

Categories: Economics