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Kickstart Your Local Sharing Movement with a ShareFest

February 9, 2014 - 14:52

To the spirit of the #SharingSpring, The Sharing Cities Network and Center for a New American Dream communities are hosting local ShareFests in cities around the world.

Categories: Economics

Giving Away Free Houses to Build Literary Community in Detroit

February 8, 2014 - 07:16

Write a House hasn’t given away any houses yet, but it’s already received loads of national press—from Forbes to the LA Times to the New Yorker—and raised over $18,000 towa

Categories: Economics

You Did It!

February 6, 2014 - 09:08

Wow, YOU did it. Shareable’s Sharing Cities Network crowdfunding campaign surpassed our $50K goal and raised $54,501, allowing us to earn the $25,000 matching grant from the SHIFT foundation! We are so grateful for your support. In the end we received 356 contributions—from people in 22 countries and 33 U.S. states—who are excited and committed to make sharing cities a reality.

Categories: Economics

From Sharing Cities to a Sharing World

February 5, 2014 - 11:21

Top image: Free Grunge Textures. Article adapted from Sharing.org

Categories: Economics

The #SharingSpring is About to Bloom

February 4, 2014 - 15:00

Image credit: Soniapr

Something amazing is about to happen in the sharing movement.

Categories: Economics

Learn to Jam: 20 Tips for Making Music with Friends

February 4, 2014 - 12:08

Top image: brizzle born and bred / Foter. Cross-posted from Kim Alexander.

Since 2005, I have made a point of getting together with friends on a regular basis to make music. It's always on Thursday nights and it's called "Music Night." I recently shared my 20 Jam Tips with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. He urged me to share them with a wider audience.

Categories: Economics

A Review of Adam Greenfield's Against the Smart City

February 3, 2014 - 08:40

Pictured above: A rendering of Masdar City, a "smart city" in the United Arab Emirates. By Forgemind ArchiMedia under a Creative Commons license from Flickr.com.

Categories: Economics

How to Make a Collaborative Video in 7 Steps

February 3, 2014 - 07:42

Top image and article cross-posted from OpenSource.com. Written by Ginny Skalski.

"We should make a video."

In this YouTube age, chances are you’ve said this before, or you’ve been around when a co-worker suggested it. Videos can be a solid way to explain a concept or showcase something in a way that words just can’t quite convey.

Categories: Economics

Could Free Money Solve Poverty?

February 2, 2014 - 08:10

Image source fotografar/flickr

Poverty is not cheap. 

According to a 2007 study by the Center for American Progress:

the costs to the U.S. associated with childhood poverty total about $500 billion per year, or the equivalent of nearly 4 percent of GDP.

Categories: Economics

The Bold Italic Dives into Collaborative Consumption

January 30, 2014 - 13:53

Sharing enthusiasts gathered at Public Works in San Francisco on Monday, January 27 to hear a panel of experts discuss the future of collaborative consumption.

Categories: Economics

The Robot That Can Print a Real House in 24 Hours

January 29, 2014 - 13:45

As technology continues to advance at lightning speed in the 21st century, nearly a billion people live in slums, with that number expected to increase to 2 billion by 2030.

Could 3D concrete printers provide solid shelter for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable?

Categories: Economics

College Student Wins Award for Eliminating 110 Tons of Campus Waste

January 29, 2014 - 10:12

Top image: Post-Landfill Action Network's Trash 2 Treasure Fall Move-In Sale. 

Categories: Economics

What Role Should Librarians Play in the Sharing Economy?

January 29, 2014 - 10:11

Top image photo credit: Stuart Caie. Article cross-posted from Center for a New American Dream.

Last summer, at an outreach event in Baltimore, Maryland, a woman walked up to the New Dream information table with questions about our work, which led to a larger discussion about community building, tool libraries, time banks, and beyond.

“Have you heard of the Sharing Economy?” my colleague asked the woman.

Categories: Economics

The Tool Library Movement Gains Steam

January 29, 2014 - 09:28

When Gene Homicki co-founded the West Seattle Tool Library there were less than 20 tool libraries in existence. Running one was a low-tech affair with either “old, clunky software” or pen and paper to keep track of inventory and loans. There are now nearly 60 tool libraries around the world with an estimated 20 more in the works.

Categories: Economics

How to Integrate Open Collaboration into Your Project

January 28, 2014 - 14:44
Open collaborations are more open, non-hierarchical, transparent, participatory, and non-owned. Examples are Burning Man,  the Transition Town movement, Food not Bombs, Alcoholics Anonymous, gift circles, Wikipedia, open source software and the internet.   Here are principles to creating open collaborations that work:
  • Rapidly prototype, & iterate
  • Get immediate yields
  • Create feedback loops
  • Create gradations for involvement
Categories: Economics

SolidarityNYC: Transforming Our City through Economic Democracy

January 27, 2014 - 13:42

SolidarityNYC connects, supports, and promotes New York City’s solidarity economy. I wanted to interview SolidarityNYC after I heard how astonishingly far they'd come in organizing their city.  I was co-conspirator of a similar group that for several years called itself Just Alternative Sustainable Economics - a regional grassroots economic network for the Bay Area area, emerging in part out of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

What's the Best Thing About Being an Open Source Community Manager?

January 27, 2014 - 12:15

Opensoopurce.com community manager Jason Hibbets collects and shares the wisdom of 14 great leaders from a variety of open source communities to find out: What is the best thing about being a community manager?

Categories: Economics

Cooperatives May Increase Worker Life Expectancy

January 27, 2014 - 09:45

The Handmade Bakery, a cooperative business in the UK. Source: UK Coops

Dave Boyle, a UK-based cooperatives expert, wrote in Economia last March on “the strange re-birth of co-operatives in Britain.” 

Categories: Economics

Coworking Heats up in Detroit Despite Arctic Vortex

January 27, 2014 - 09:31

As temperatures hovered near zero, seven of Detroit’s new co-working spaces offered warmth, coffee and conviviality to shivering freelancers during Detroit Coworking Week, which ran from January 20th through January 24th.

The event featured a week of workshops, open houses and receptions culminating in a free coworking day on Friday.

Categories: Economics