It's hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice. No matter how well you lay out its basic principles, you need concrete examples and visual imagery to help people reach that aha moment.
What would it take to move from planetary imbalance into a state of sustained health and healing?
The SHARECITY100 is an interactive database of food sharing activities in 100 cities around the world created by the SHARECITY research team. From food banks and community gardens, to meal-sharing platforms and secret restaurants, it catalogues a variety of initiatives, detailing what is shared, how it is shared, and how the sharing is organised. This is all communicated by a set of icons, which you can check out here.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has," said Margaret Mead. It's one of our favorite quotes here at Shareable because it's a great reminder that working together towards a common goal is one of the most fulfilling things we can do.
Old McDonald of "E-I-E-I-O" fame would feel right at home on Essex Farm, a 600-acre spread in upstate New York where the future of American agriculture is being radically reconceived.
For the past 60 years, farmers have been coerced by agribusinesses and federal policies to become ever more specialized. So it’s surprising to walk through a modern farmyard and hear a moo-moo here and an oink-oink there, and see 50 different kinds of vegetables growing in the fields.
Participatory budgeting is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 1,500 programs worldwide. The concept is simple: People submit ideas for what government should spend a portion of its money on and then vote on the best ideas. Until now, however, the process has been limited to cities and regions. Recently, Portugal became the first county to instate a nationwide participatory budgeting (PB) process with Orçamento Participativo Portugal.
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), a nonprofit policy research group in Paris, France, recently published two quick-take issue briefs and a longer analysis that spotlights the potential of the sharing economy. These reports explore how goods-exchange networks, crowdsourcing, and collaborative mobility can contribute to and/or complicate municipal, regional, and national sustainable development goals.
Looking for some thoughtful, solutions-oriented reading material right about now? We've rounded up 20 of our favorite new books on cities, social change, food systems, platform cooperatives, design, and more.
There are now more than 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries around the world.
Seoul's Mayor Park Won-soon, fourth from left, hand-in-hand with seven other mayors after signing joint declaration to develop sharing cities together.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Photo: Steven Falk, Lafayette city manager.
Attendees of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium launch event. Photo credit: Christopher Chavez
A free community book exchange launches the Little Free Library movement—with 40,000 locations in 70 countries worldwide. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.
Co-authored with Neal Gorenflo.
Trust between people is a fundamental aspect of healthy society. But as Rachel Botsman, sharing economy thought-leader and author of What’s Mine is Yours, points out in a TED talk recorded in June, a profound shift in how we trust is occurring. As Botsman puts it:
Article and images cross-posted from the P2P Foundation.
Initiated by the German NGO Soup&Socks, Habibi.Works is a FabLab equipped with all the tools for people to unfold their potential and hone their abilities. It is a place to illustrate talent, gain new skills and build.
Article by Andrea Newell, cross-posted from the Story of Stuff.
The American Dream of our parents’ generation left us broke, unhappy, and bereft of planetary resources. What’s so inspiring is that the new “better off” is cheaper, lighter on the planet, and a whole lot more fun.
Undoubtedly many of our readers from around the world are reeling from the results of the U.S. presidential election. It has been the most divisive one in memory. The winning candidate used sexist, racist, and xenophobic language to rally supporters, stoke hate, and get media coverage. This is something we cannot support. It divides people, erodes our civic capacity, and makes working together for the common good more difficult. It’s also just plain wrong.
Update: Read our re-cap of the Platform Cooperativism event.