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New Research Points to Successes, Challenges of Shared-Use Mobility

November 18, 2014 - 12:44

Trends in carsharing suggest the expansion of one-way services like those offered by car2go. (

Categories: Economics

How to Start a Bike Kitchen

November 18, 2014 - 08:52

Photo credit: the Bike Farm in Portland, Oregon. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter

A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists.

Categories: Economics

8 Awesome Ways Cooperatives Strengthen Communities

November 17, 2014 - 13:01

Cooperatives embody the values of sharing: distributed risk, common purpose, shared rewards, and solidarity. They are an avenue to stable employment in a tumultuous job market. Ranging from factories to bakeries to cleaning services to buyers clubs, cooperatives offer a new way to structure enterprises that place value in the hands of all of those involved in creating it.

Categories: Economics

The Sharing Economy Has Gone Big. Like, Ridge Tiller Big.

November 17, 2014 - 09:05

Article and top image cross-posted from Modern Farmer, written by Meaghan Agnew.

Yes, yes, we’re in the throes of a sharing economy — hell, Uber even shared kittens on National Cat Day last month. But farm-equipment shares? Now you’ve got our attention.

Categories: Economics

How to Run a Business in the Gift Economy

November 12, 2014 - 08:42

Maybe this is you: you've been working for a while on your own, making a little bit of money, maybe a lot of money. But something doesn't feel right. When you bill people for your time and expenses, something feels off. You hate that part. There are always the nagging thoughts, “Was it enough? Was it too much?” Maybe you've become friends with your client in the process of working with them and now sending an invoice feels uncomfortable to you. It nags at you. You feel apologetic about it. You think that the invoice monetizes a relationship that has become more than just about money.

Categories: Economics

The New Peers: a Q&A with Shelby Clark

November 12, 2014 - 07:34

Today, sharing economy nonprofit Peers launched a new website designed to make working in the sharing economy easier. Among the features on the new site are tools to discover and connect with work opportunities, reviews of sharing economy platforms from other independent contractors, information about earning potential, and a community forum.

Shareable checked in with Shelby Clark, the new executive director of Peers, to learn more about the vision for the site, the challenges sharing economy workers face, and what’s next for the organization.

Categories: Economics

Community Supported Everything Incubates Social Change in Portland

November 11, 2014 - 07:40

When people are faced with a dire community challenge, they often turn to their neighbors to create a solution. There’s something powerful about starting where you are, with what you have, with the support of those around you.

Categories: Economics

The Power of Asset-Based Approaches

November 11, 2014 - 06:56

Photo credit: blowing.bubbles / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from

From the moment you were born, you have been accumulating an incredible array of assets. No matter who you are – your passions, knowledge, skills and access to resources are truly vast.

Categories: Economics