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Take Back the Music - with Platform Co-ops

December 12, 2016 - 08:23

At least since Taylor Swift pulled her music off Spotify in 2014, entrepreneurs have been working on a new generation of music streaming services that compensate artists fairly. An interview with Resonate founder Peter Harris, who is determined to make the music industry more transparent, fair, and inclusive.

Francesca Pick: “Get paid for every play” is one of the mottos of Resonate. What is this project about?

Categories: Economics

How I Stopped Mindlessly Buying Things

December 7, 2016 - 11:18

I was only just beginning to think about fast fashion and how strange it was that clothes appeared to be getting cheaper while the rest of life grew more expensive.

Categories: Economics

The Portland Plan: Down with McMansions, Up with Abundant Housing Options

December 7, 2016 - 09:14

Growing cities across the US and Canada are grappling with the challenges of displacement and affordability in their housing markets, and many of them are looking to Cascadia’s innovative cities for answers. Portland, the smallest of Cascadia’s three major metropolitan areas, has perhaps one of its biggest and best ideas: the “residential infill project.”

So, what’s in the Rose City’s innovative plan? First, let’s take a closer look at the city’s growing affordability problem.

The rapid spread of out-of-reach home prices in Portland

Categories: Economics

What Would it Take for Users to Buy Twitter? Join Our Google Hangout

December 6, 2016 - 17:18

What would it take to convert Twitter Inc. into a user-owned cooperative? In September, after news broke that the company was in talks with potential buyers, Nathan Schneider, scholar in residence of media studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, penned an op-ed in The Guardian inviting readers to conceptualize the idea. He wrote:

Categories: Economics

How a British Library is Fighting Loneliness with a Public Living Room

December 6, 2016 - 08:35

Public libraries are home to a lot of things besides books these days: makerspaces, cultural programs, art events, coworking spaces, teen centers, Libraries of Things,

Categories: Economics

Aging in Community: Inside the Senior Cohousing Movement

December 5, 2016 - 09:39

For seniors who want to age in a supportive community environment, cohousing is an exciting alternative to traditional options such as retirement homes and assisted living centers. In senior cohousing spaces, rather than relying on administrators, people rely on each other to lend a hand when needed and provide much-needed social engagement.

Categories: Economics

Amsterdam Updates Agreement with Airbnb to Combat Illegal Hotels, But is it Enough?

December 5, 2016 - 09:06

In 2014, the city of Amsterdam and Airbnb signed an agreement that allowed Amsterdammers to share their residence for up to 60 days a year. It was one of the first city policies that allowed homesharing on a limited basis while discouraging the conversion of housing into illegal hotels thereby contributing to rising housing costs.

Categories: Economics