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OuiShare Fest Finds Itself in While Lost in Transition

May 28, 2015 - 10:55

The third annual OuiShare Fest, hosted with the theme “Lost in Transition” in Paris’ charming Cabaret Sauvage, concluded last Friday. This unique gathering of sharing economy leaders from around the world it found itself in at least two ways with their latest edition.

Categories: Economics

Fund Your Community Project with the Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge

May 28, 2015 - 08:18

Do you have an idea for improving your neighborhood and but need the money to fund it? The Center for a New American Dream may be able to help. Through the end of May, they’re accepting applications for their Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge.

Categories: Economics

Commons-based Coalition Wins Big in Barcelona Election

May 27, 2015 - 08:53

Anti-eviction activist and Barcelona en Comú candidate Ada Colau will be the next mayor of Barcelona. (VozPopuli)

Categories: Economics

The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

May 26, 2015 - 07:20

Photo: Gene Stull

The following is a conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.

Why are most meetings, conferences and other deliberative processes so bad?

Categories: Economics

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

May 25, 2015 - 08:00

“The care of human life and happiness…is the only legitimate object of good government,”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1809.

Categories: Economics

5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 25, 2015 - 07:56

Article cross-posted from the Shared-Use Mobility Center. Photo by Tony Webster.

Categories: Economics

Need a Happiness Boost? Try Coworking

May 24, 2015 - 12:49

At this year’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Berkeley, Ca., Jacob Sayles, co-founder of Office Nomads in Seattle, presented the results of the spring coworking space member survey. A partnership between Office Nomads, GCUC, and Emergent Research, the survey found, among other things, that coworking makes people happier.

Categories: Economics

Making Shared Mobility Innovations Accessible to All

May 22, 2015 - 12:57

San Jose cyclists celebrate the launch of Bay Area Bike Share in 2013. (Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious via Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Economics

Help Put Little Free Libraries Where They're Needed Most

May 18, 2015 - 10:46

Little Free Libraries have become beloved neighborhood landmarks that have circulated an estimated 40 million books through 25,000 volunteer-built branches. But what about book deserts, i.e. places where books are scarce? Little Free Libraries could be the solution.

Categories: Economics

7 Apps that Will Change the Way You Travel Forever

May 18, 2015 - 09:29

It all started with a bet. In July 2014, two friends and I launched The Sharing Bros project and set off for a crazy adventure. We traveled from Vancouver, Canada to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil using only the collaborative economy. We produced 11 videos to share our adventures.

Categories: Economics

Better, Not More -- aka Buen Vivir

May 18, 2015 - 07:40

Article cross-posted from Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

Little Town on the Prairie Steps It Up

May 18, 2015 - 07:39

Photos courtesy of Blue Zones

It’s like a small-town scene from Norman Rockwell, updated for the 21st Century.

A Latino family strolls leisurely through the park, immersed in conversation. Coming up fast behind is a blonde woman in designer exercise gear and earplugs, intent on maintaining her power-walking pace. Bringing up the rear is a young man with his husky, both of them staring up at a patch of sun that has appeared from behind the clouds.

Categories: Economics

NACTO Report Links Station Density to Bike Share Usage, Equity

May 15, 2015 - 15:33

A new report argues that consistent, close station design is crucial to making bike share a viable option for users of all income levels. (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz via Wikimedia Commons)

Categories: Economics

Seed Library Forum Furthers International Seed Library Movement

May 14, 2015 - 08:37

Last week, seed library organizers and advocates from nine countries gathered in Tucson, Arizona for the International Seed Library Forum. Featuring panels, presentations, conversations, a seed swap, field trips to gardens and seed libraries, films, music and more, the event furthered the international seed sharing movement. Here are some of the highlights.

Categories: Economics

U.S. Census Bureau to Release Open-Source Devkit for Civic Hackers

May 14, 2015 - 07:53

Civic hackers rejoice!  

On June 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will release ​City SDK , a Javascript-based devkit to allow civic hackers to tap into the vast data stores of the federal government.

Categories: Economics