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#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be Good Places for Everyone to Walk

October 28, 2015 - 08:21

Photo credit: DeShaun Craddock / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND.

People have walked for justice and economic opportunity throughout American history.

Workers wanting a better life for their families walked on picket lines and at protests, rallied by advocates like Cesar Chavez. People demanding civil rights marched in Selma, Alabama, and Washington, D.C., led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Categories: Economics

Montréal Models City-Suburb Cooperation in Advance of Habitat III

October 27, 2015 - 09:28

Grand Montréal comprises the center city and 27 surrounding municipalities. (Montreal Tours)

Categories: Economics

REI Stuns the Retail World By Closing On Black Friday

October 27, 2015 - 08:20

Outdoor retail cooperative REI just stunned the world by announcing it will close all of its 143 stores for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. On that day, the coop will pay employees to go outside. Part of the company’s #OptOutside campaign, the closure aims to inspire others to move away from the absurd levels of consumerism that have come to define the day.

Categories: Economics

Documentary Illuminates the Power of Gift Culture

October 27, 2015 - 07:05

Robin McKenna, creator of GIFT, the forthcoming documentary about gift culture. (Credit: Filiz Telek)

I recently met Robin McKenna, the director of GIFT, a film about different facets of the gift economy through the lens of Lewis Hyde's book The Gift. I was struck by how dedicated McKenna is to this project and by the interesting gift-based initiatives from all over the world that she features in her film.

Categories: Economics

Students Grow Extinct Squash From 800-year-old Seeds

October 27, 2015 - 06:23

A group of students in Canada just demonstrated the importance of seed saving seed as they grew a squash from 800 year old seeds.

During a dig on First Nations land in Wisconsin, archeologists found a small clay vessel of seeds. Canadian Mennonite University gave the seeds to students in Winnipeg, who planted them and successfully grew the unlikely squash. The students plan to save the seeds of the squash, which was thought to be extinct, and grow more. Their goal is to never let that variety go extinct again.

Categories: Economics

New Anthology Shines a Light on Solutions to Urban Injustice

October 26, 2015 - 12:26

Image: Darnell Moore, "Urban Spaces and the Mattering of Black Lives," The Just City Essays.

Categories: Economics

Successful Greek Factory Without Bosses Faces Eviction by State

October 26, 2015 - 11:45

Over two years ago, Shareable reported on the birth of the Greek manufacturing cooperative Vio.Me. The cooperative has thrived since, but now the question is, for how long?

Categories: Economics

Seeing the Forest: An Oregon Ecosystem Is Restored

October 26, 2015 - 07:19

Article and images cross-posted from Commons Transition. Text by David Bollier.

Seeing the Forest tells the story of the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon — how it made a successful transition from timber extraction to ecosystem restoration. Once the epicenter of conflict, the Siuslaw today is an exemplar of cooperation and collaboration.

Categories: Economics

Suburb Reaps Benefits by Combining High School with Senior Center

October 22, 2015 - 11:27

Five generations of one family. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

In most suburban communities across the United States, much of the urban landscape is stratified. Not only are Americans separated by race and income; increasingly, they are separated by age.

Categories: Economics

Experience Institute Ditches Classrooms in Favor of Hands-On Learning

October 22, 2015 - 07:47

In 2012, Victor Saad decided to get an MBA. He quickly learned, however, that doing so came with a hefty price tag, inflexibility, and limited options. So instead of going to school, he spent a year creating a self-made Masters program based on 12 different apprenticeships in design, business, and social change. He called it the Leap Year Project and invited others to join him by creating projects of their own.

Categories: Economics

How Platform Cooperativism Can Accelerate Sustainable Consumption

October 21, 2015 - 06:41

Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, North Carolina, a multistakeholder cooperative combining the interests of workers and consumers. Credit: Weaver Street Market.

Categories: Economics

Prisoner-run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate by over 80% in Puerto Rico

October 20, 2015 - 09:32

Modern chain gang. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Categories: Economics

The Sharing Economy is Booming in Helsinki: Here's Why

October 20, 2015 - 08:13

Celebrating Restaurant Day August 18, 2013 in Helsinki. (Restaurant Day / Roy Bäckström)

Categories: Economics

What I Learned in My Whirlwind Month in the Sharing Economy

October 20, 2015 - 06:39

My laptop perched precariously on my lap, I write this as I drive around London in a van collecting rubbish that I will be eating for dinner. As strange as this sounds, this is not the craziest thing I have done in a whirlwind month where I tested whether or not I could survive in the sharing economy.

Categories: Economics

10 Reasons Co-ops Rock

October 19, 2015 - 08:22

The Co-operative, Balloon Street, Manchester. Photo credit: Steveo1000.

Categories: Economics

3 Years Ago, Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory and Thrived

October 19, 2015 - 07:35

The following is a dispatch from The Edge of Change Road Trip. Find out more about it here. Article cross-posted from YES! Magazine. Photos courtesy of New Era Windows and Doors.

Categories: Economics

New Mexico Food Coop Creates Fund to Support Local Producers

October 19, 2015 - 07:19

Through an innovative fund, La Montañita helps finance its growers. Credit: La Montañita

What happens when local food producers need to scale up to meet consumer demand but don’t have the capital to do so? If you’re a supplier for La Montañita, an organic food consumer cooperative with 17,000 members and five stores in New Mexico, you turn to an innovative coop capital model.

Categories: Economics