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Seed Libraries Fight for the Right to Share

February 11, 2015 - 19:26

Amid government crackdown, seed libraries expand biodiversity and food access. Photo: Betsy Goodman of the Common Soil Seed Library. Credit: Associated Press

It’s easy to take seeds for granted. Tiny dry pods hidden in packets and sacks, they make a brief appearance as gardeners and farmers collect them for future planting then later drop them into soil. They are not “what’s for dinner,” yet without them there would be no dinner. Seeds are the forgotten heroes of food—and of life itself.

Categories: Economics

Why Do We Share? Researchers Probe Motivation in P2P Systems

February 11, 2015 - 07:22

In a just published study, researchers investigated the motivations driving users to peer-to-peer services like timebanks. (10,000 People Blog)

Categories: Economics

Share Vienna: Growing the Collaborative Economy in Austria's Capital

February 10, 2015 - 08:02

Slowly but steadily, Vienna's collaborative economy is growing. Photo: Vienna Shares

In Austria’s capital city, proponents of the collaborative economy face several obstacles to widespread adoption. These include low awareness of alternative markets and sharing resources; media skepticism; and the municipal government’s focus on the "smart city" model.

Categories: Economics

How to Save the Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough

February 9, 2015 - 09:15

Photo credit: DonkeyHotey / Foter / CC BY. Article cross-posted from On the Commons. Written by Peter Barnes.

Categories: Economics

Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment

February 9, 2015 - 09:00

Rainbow over Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo credit: Professor Bop / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND. Article cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Written by Alexis Goldstein.

Categories: Economics

New North Carolina Coop to Turn a Food Desert into a Food Oasis

February 9, 2015 - 08:47

In 1998, when the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Northeast Greensboro, North Carolina closed, it created a food desert—a community without easy access to food. For years, area residents tried to get another grocery chain to come in, but none wanted to come to the predominantly African-American, low-income town.

The community finally came up with a solution—one that didn't rely on an outside company to come in. They put into motion a plan to open a food cooperative.

Categories: Economics