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.
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Something amazing is about to happen in the sharing movement.
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.
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.
"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.
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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.
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.
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?
Top image: Post-Landfill Action Network's Trash 2 Treasure Fall Move-In Sale.
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.
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.
- Rapidly prototype, & iterate
- Get immediate yields
- Create feedback loops
- Create gradations for involvement
Image Credit: Community Benefits Agreements: A Framework for Success by the Partnership for Working Families
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.
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?
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.”
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.