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A Neighborhood Revolution in a Pot of Soup

February 1, 2016 - 09:50

Article and image cross-posted from YES! Magazine. Illustration by Jennifer Luxton.

“You should host a neighborhood soup night,” suggested my friend Sarah. “It could be fun. You could have people bring their own bowls, you know, for easy cleanup. Keep it really casual, and make it all about comfort.”

Categories: Economics

Report Proposes "Shared Regulation" for the Sharing Economy

January 27, 2016 - 11:33

A new report from the RSA outlines the possibilities and challenges, especially regarding regulation, associated with the sharing economy. (Fair Share)

Categories: Economics

Call for Local Organizers to Participate in Open Source Circular Economy Days

January 27, 2016 - 10:53

Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) is an open, distributed global event to help create a collaborative, sustainable, zero-waste society through open source. Organizers recently put out a call for local organizers to participate in this year's event, which runs June 9-13.

Categories: Economics

How Listia Grew from a Pair of Snowboard Boots to 100 Million Shared Goods

January 27, 2016 - 10:08

Listia was born of the simple desire to give away a pair of snowboard boots.

As Listia co-founder Gee-Hwan Chuang tells the story, his college buddy and Listia co-founder James Fong had a pair of boots he wasn’t using anymore. He listed them for free on Craigslist and chose one of the 20 respondents to give them to. But the guy was a no-show and Fong was left with the boots. He then listed them on eBay, but no one bid on his auction.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Architect Charles Durrett on the Past and Promise of Cohousing

January 27, 2016 - 08:52

Nevada City Cohousing, where Charles Durrett and his partner Katie McCamant live. (MDA via Facebook)

Categories: Economics

Community Composting Grows from a Seed into a Movement

January 26, 2016 - 09:53

Three years ago, Dustin Fedako attended the US Composting Council’s annual conference. As founder of Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas, Fedako didn’t know what to expect from the conference, which is geared toward the industrial composting model. He just wanted to “sponge up as much as he could.” He learned a lot and he also spent a lot of time explaining what community composting is.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: John Thackara on How To Thrive In The Next Economy

January 25, 2016 - 21:25

John Thackara is a writer and event producer who has spent a lifetime searching for stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories at his blog, Doors of Perception, and organizes festivals that bring the project leaders he has met together.

Categories: Economics

Democratic Money and Capital for the Commons

January 25, 2016 - 08:45

Photo credit: epSos.de via Foter.com / CC BY. Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

Microgrids Paving the Way for Distributed Energy

January 22, 2016 - 07:13

The energy market in the US is getting more diversified as consumers shift their habits by producing more electricity autonomously while increasing environmental regulation is impacting the main grid. There are so many people producing their own renewable power that they can form their own community grids.

Categories: Economics

International Team Kicks off Sharing Cities Book Project

January 20, 2016 - 13:56

Graphic recording of a recent Shareable-hosted discussion on sharing cities.

Categories: Economics

Think Tank SUMC Releases Shared Mobility Guide for Cities

January 20, 2016 - 09:08

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) recently released its new Shared-Use Mobility Reference Guide. Over the course of 44 pages, the group outlines their research findings in the areas of bikesharing, carsharing, ridesourcing, microtransit, and other shared transportation platforms. The goal? To help municipal and community leaders make better decisions when it comes to transit options.

The guide includes:

Categories: Economics

Sacramento’s Library of Things Shares More than Books

January 19, 2016 - 08:41

Checking out musical instruments at the Library of Things. Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

What if the next time you needed a sewing machine, or screen printer, or even a GoPro camera, you just went down to your public library and borrowed it?

That’s the idea behind the Library of Things. The visionary project, which is located in the Sacramento library system’s Arcade branch, enables people to borrow goods just like they would a book—by checking them out with their library card.

Categories: Economics

The Earthships Have Landed: Inside New Mexico's Off-Grid Community Made from Trash

January 19, 2016 - 07:09

Photo credit: sarowen via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from YES! magazine.

Categories: Economics

Denver’s Green Taxi Co-op Fights for its Right to Compete with Uber

January 18, 2016 - 09:42

Nervous chatter in many different languages filled the hallways outside Hearing Room A in downtown Denver last week, where the Public Utilities Commission heard testimony to decide whether incumbents like Metro Taxi will have to face a bold new player in the Denver metro transportation marketplace.

Categories: Economics

Affordable Housing Innovator Alejandro Aravena Wins Top Architecture Award

January 15, 2016 - 12:29

Architect Alejandro Aravena. (Cristobal Palma / courtesy ELEMENTAL)

Categories: Economics