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.
Grand Montréal comprises the center city and 27 surrounding municipalities. (Montreal Tours)
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.
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.
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.
Add one more to Shareable's list of technologies that will decentralize the world.
Image: Darnell Moore, "Urban Spaces and the Mattering of Black Lives," The Just City Essays.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, North Carolina, a multistakeholder cooperative combining the interests of workers and consumers. Credit: Weaver Street Market.
Modern chain gang. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Celebrating Restaurant Day August 18, 2013 in Helsinki. (Restaurant Day / Roy Bäckström)
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.
The Co-operative, Balloon Street, Manchester. Photo credit: Steveo1000.
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.