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May 12, 2014 - 20:01

Encouraged, inspired, and with unimaginable energy is how I landed in Detroit after a red-eye flight home from the Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference. Over 500 folks from the U.S. and other countries - some as far away as South Africa, convened in Jackson, Mississippi to share ideas, information, case-studies, and conversation about building a network of cooperatives based in Jackson, and supporting the larger solidarity economy worldwide.

Categories: Economics

Recap of OuiShare Fest 2014, The Age of Communities

May 12, 2014 - 11:37

OuiShare Fest 2014 brought together 1,000 sharers from 31 countries under the big tent of the Cabaret Sauvage in Paris. On May 5, 6, and 7, we met in the middle of Parc de la Villette, by the scenic Ourcq Canal.

Categories: Economics

University of Wisconsin Launches Open Source Seed Initiative

May 12, 2014 - 09:59

A few weeks ago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison pushed forward on a program designed to counter the malicious movements of Big Ag companies like Monsanto. The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) brings farmers, researchers, scientists, and food advocates together under an Open Source Seed Pledge to keep seeds available — for free and in perpetuity — for anyone to grow, breed, or share anywhere in the world.

Categories: Economics

How to Divide Rent Fairly

May 12, 2014 - 07:04

See if this sounds familiar: three roommates are sharing a house or apartment. The rooms range in size from nice and spacious to a glorified closet, yet the rent is divided equally three ways. Been there? Yeah, me too. Not cool. A closet-like room might be just the thing for someone, but they sure don’t want to be paying nice and spacious room rates. So, how do you go about dividing the rent fairly?

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: HerbShare's Co-founder Ben Hart

May 11, 2014 - 21:59

HerbShare is a project in Melbourne Australia to bring neighbours together to create a new food commons by mapping herbs and other food growing in front yards and public areas. In this interview HerbShare co-founder Ben Hart talks about his grand plan for everyone to have access to an abundance of fresh herbs in their neighbourhood.

Categories: Economics

Jackson Rising Merges Black Power, Solidarity Economy and Democracy

May 9, 2014 - 12:02

Nearly 500 people turned out over the May 2-4, 2014 weekend for the ‘Jackson Rising’ conference in Jackson, Mississippi. It was a highly successful and intensive exploration of Black power, the solidarity economy and the possibilities unleashed for democratic change when radicals win urban elections.

Categories: Economics

Lisbon ShareFest Brings Together the Portuguese Sharing Community

May 8, 2014 - 07:45

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back to 1200 BCE. It's a hub of finance, media, trade, education, the arts and now, a growing sharing economy.

Recently, a team of 16 organizers, including Carla Calado, hosted the Lisbon ShareFest. A gathering of people who organize different sharing projects around Portugal, the event was an opportunity to share resources, tips, information and ideas.

Categories: Economics

Real Money, Real Power: A Report on Participatory Budgeting

May 8, 2014 - 07:35

Over the past few weeks, political circles have been all abuzz over a report by Princeton University's Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University's Professor Benjamin Page that concluded the U.S. government is an oligarchy as opposed to the representative democracy we've all been led to believe. After reviewing research from several decades of public policy, they concluded, "When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.

Categories: Economics

4 Simple Steps to Start a Move-Out Waste Program

May 7, 2014 - 08:48

Images and article cross-posted from PLAN. Author Alex Fried is the founder and director of PLAN and the co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure. He has been organizing waste reduction efforts since high school and has won 13 awards and recognitions for his work, including the 2013 Brower Youth Award, the 2013 Samuel Huntington Public Service Award and the 2012 Udall Environmental Leadership Award. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexF_PLAN

Categories: Economics

Want a Garden? 7 Easy Ways to Start for Non-Gardeners

May 6, 2014 - 08:15

Top image credit: looseends / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Article cross-posted from

I grew up with huge backyard garden. My mother was a wonderful gardener. Each Spring, she would section out portions — a row here or a row there — for each child to plant seeds and be responsible for tending and growing.

Categories: Economics

20 + Latin American Cities Celebrate Collaborative Economy This Week

May 5, 2014 - 18:42

From May 4th to the 11th, more than 20 cities around the world will celebrate the  Collaborative Economy Week: eight days to celebrate, practice and promote the culture of sharing.

Categories: Economics

Top 10 SoKind Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 5, 2014 - 05:45

Top image credit: ~PhotograTree~ / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Article cross-posted from SoKind.

Categories: Economics

The Anti-Party: Spain's X Party Picks Up Steam

May 5, 2014 - 05:44

Top image credit: conservas / Foter / CC BY-SA 2.0. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

The Tale of Two Sharing Cities, Part Two

May 1, 2014 - 12:25

Saturday night in the Hongdae district of Seoul. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs line the streets four stories high for blocks. The crowds in the street cover acres of blacktop. It's nightlife on mega-city scale.

Categories: Economics

How to Get the World Walking

April 30, 2014 - 07:26

Top image credit: HJSP82 / Foter / CC BY-ND 2.0.

What if there was a way to reduce the risk of many major diseases at the same time as helping improve your overall health, decreasing your weight, and boosting your energy? And what if this treatment was simple to do and took only a few minutes each week?

Categories: Economics

100 Sharing Rockstars to Follow on Twitter

April 30, 2014 - 06:19

If Twitter is your thing, you've undoubtedly noticed that it can be an amazing source of valuable information about almost anything. Below are over 100 sharing rockstars to help you keep up with what's happening in the sharing world.

This list is far from comprehensive. Our intention is to open the door to the wealth of sharing information and demonstrate how multi-faceted the sharing transformation is. Which rockstar sharing tweeters did we miss? Please let us know in comments.


Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 16 New Books for Spring

April 29, 2014 - 10:48

A few times a year, we round up the best new books about the sharing economy, community, and all the other good sharing stuff. It’s amazing that there's never a shortage of good reads for our book finds. It speaks to the growing number of people who want to create a better world through sharing. Below are our top 16 reads this spring. If you know of any new, sharing-themed, must-reads, please share them in comments.

Categories: Economics

New Report Proposes Bold Solutions to Gentrification in Oakland

April 29, 2014 - 08:58

Top image by Laura McCamy. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics