Above: Los Angeles - What Marco hopes for: "... free education."
The International Society of Biourbanism (ISB) is an international network of scholars and design professionals dedicated to transforming architecture and planning practice through the application of scientific theory. The ISB's annual summer school will take place on July 13-20 in Artena, Italy. This year's theme is "Neuroergonomics and Sociogenesis." I talked to ISB president Antonio Caperna and general secretary and research director Stefano Serafini about their work and its relevance to environmental justice.
At the Clinton Global Initiative America event today, Freelancers Union founder and executive director Sara Horowitz unveiled a new national benefits platform for free agents. The program allows the 42 million freelancers across the U.S. to gain access to a slew of benefits they would not normally get that has been specifically vetted and curated by Freelancers Union:
Top image and article cross-posted from Nourished Kitchen.
Inspired by the principles of open source software, the concept of Open Social Innovation aims to document social innovations so they can be more easily shared.
How can we share and transfer sustainable social practices across communities?
Four years ago, a 1,000-year flood event left Nashville, Tennessee underwater. About 19 inches of rain fell in two days, and the Cumberland River breached its levees when it crested at nearly 52 feet — a level it hadn't reached since 1937. A number of other area rivers also broke record levels, including the Duck, the Harpeth, the Red, and the Buffalo. Property damage, injuries, and deaths all followed.
Cooperatives represent a growing segment of the economy with an estimated 30,000 enterprises and 100 million members in the U.S. alone. A great way to bring democracy into the workplace, coops can be built from scratch, but they can also be created by converting existing businesses into worker-owned cooperatives. For retiring business owners as well as entrepreneurs, selling a business to employees is a way to strengthen the business while getting a return on investment.
With Summer Solstice right around the corner for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the peak time to be outside, among friends, enjoying all that the season has to offer. And what better way to celebrate than by doing a whole lot of sharing?
On Friday, 140 San Franciscans gathered to brainstorm affordable housing solutions at Hack the Housing Crisis, a one-day event hosted by the San Francisco Public Press and Shareable. The gathering of housing professionals, public officials, attorneys, activists and citizens challenged common assumptions about housing, connected people and organizations, and brought innovative solutions to the table.
Top photo credit: Yusuke Kawasaki.
When public dollars fund a project, shouldn’t the public then have access it? It seems like a no-brainer, yet this is oftentimes not the case as data, educational tools, media and more get squirreled away in the caverns of bureaucracy or, worse yet, sold back to a public that has already paid for the resource.
Mesh netowrks are popping up all over the world, but they nothing new; they've been around for over a decade. What's new is their uses and implications.
Examples of backyard in-law suites from New Avenue Homes.
The reward for a lifetime of work, retirement is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Once the initial wave of freedom has been ridden, some retirees feel bored, restless, or even worthless as they have no place to go and a dwindling social circle. The Men’s Shed movement disrupts this pattern for men.
Created in Australia in the mid-1990s, Men’s Sheds are gathering places for men to work on projects, socialize, support each other, do community service and more.
Are you excited about transforming your city into a sharing city starting with a resource sharing, cooperative, or commons project?
The three finalists have been selected for this year’s AppMyCity, a contest for the world’s best urban mobile applications. Contestants had to best demonstrate “their capacity to improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, sustainable and vibrant places.” Ninety-three applicants, representing over 150 cities and 26 countries, entered to share their ideas. These were then narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists, with only three chosen for the finalists’ stage.
A just painted scrap cart or Carroca in Soa Paulo, Brazil. Credit: conexao cultural
Sanitation workers have long been among the least respected members of society.
Something extraordinary is happening on Chicago’s West Side. CivicLab, a coworking space dedicated to collaboration, education and innovation for civic engagement, is building community around citizen participation in government. Featuring a number of social change, policy and organizing projects, CivicLab also builds and deploys tools for government accountability and civic involvement.