For the month of June, Shareable and San Francisco Public Press will explore housing solutions through an innovative partnership featuring a co-produced editorial series and solutions-focused event called, “Hack the Housing Crisis” on June 13th in San Francisco.
Mayor Park (directly in front of the sculpture) and Seoul citizens hear the call for a sharing city.
Citizens the world over are rallying around the sharing economy as a solution to the pressing challenges they face. Cities, which are perfectly positioned to enact big changes on a human scale, have the potential to lead this movement.
The goal for the Pasadena ShareFest, which took place on May 3rd, was to provide a platform to build community connections and give people the opportunity to incorporate the sharing economy into their daily lives.
Having stenciled bike lanes on city streets is a good thing. But an occasional stencil doesn’t always protect cyclists or keep cars out of the space, and bike lane fails abound. Ideally, cyclists have a dedicated lane to themselves.
***Shareable is proud to be participating in CommonBound this weekend in Boston. We'll be showcasing the Sharing Cities Network at a panel discussion on Sunday, June 8th from 11-12:15am: "The Sharing Economy and Social Justice: Can Collaborative Consumption Advance Equity?"
In 2011, a seven-acre swath of land was set aside in Seattle, Washington's Beacon Hill neighborhood with a singular purpose -- to grow food. What started as a final design project for a permaculture course in 2009 has now, five years later, become the Beacon Food Forest (BFF), though still under development.
Ecuador's FLOK Society, a university-based research partnership aiming to disrupt the prevailing economic model by helping to facilitate the evolution of the sharing economy, has a manifesto of sorts, "The Transition to a Commons-based Society," and is now seeking public comment on the document.
With Global Sharing Day on June 1st almost here, we’ve put together a list of the most awesome ways to celebrate the day that will gather millions around the world to share food, fun, smiles and stuff. This is what the shareable lifestyle is all about and we want to help everyone discover it! We’d love to see how you share the day, so please share your images with us on Twitter and use hashtags #GlobalSharingDay, #lovetoshare, and #sharingeconomy.
When Shareable and Center for a New American Dream decided to launch the ShareFest initiative, we had very modest expectations that 5-10 cities would step up to host an event. Amazingly, communities from around the world in the Sharing Cities Network have hit it out of the park with 40 ShareFests - some with several thousand participants (Belgium), one with over 40 activities (Porto Alegre) and one month-long ShareFest of 30+ events in Oakland!
Coworking has grown into a thriving movement with a vibrant community that animates over 2,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Once you understand the simple brilliance of coworking, there’s a sense that you could work among friends you haven’t met yet anywhere in the world.
Aubrie Christensen is a recent graduate from the University of Texas' Community and Regional Planning masters program. The below is a summary of her thesis.
Cities are natural hubs of sharing; places where people go to share ideas, goods, services and experiences. Within this context, sharing can and should be incorporated into urban policy, programs and initiatives. As one of the scarcest resources in urban areas, land holds some of the greatest potential for sharing.
"What was the last thing you shared?," asked the Spanish documentary team interviewing "thoughtleaders of the Sharing Economy" at OuiShare Fest in Paris in the first week of May.
Oakland, California is in the midst of an impressive month-long ShareFest featuring swaps, gift circles, workshops and more. One of the highpoints so far was the Creating Commons Festival that took place on May 10th. Organized by Jonathan Youtt and Veronica Ramirez, and funded in part by a grant from Shareable for our #SharingSpring initiative, the event was held at the PLACE for Sustainable Living.
When long-time friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette returned home to Omaha, Nebraska, after college, they realized that their city -- despite being in the agriculture epicenter of the country -- was ranked 142 (out of 182) healthiest city in America. Meaning, although Omaha was surrounded by fertile farm lands, its residents were not eating well... at all. So Susman and Monbouquette took a closer look and discovered that various policies and practices -- or a lack thereof -- were hindering the local food movement in Omaha.
Those who are involved with the sharing movement know that it’s pretty great. But one of the key challenges of the movement is finding ways to introduce it to people who haven’t heard of it, because to truly make an impact on the global economy, sharing, in all its myriad forms, needs to be adopted by people of all walks of life. So the question is, how do you get people’s attention?
Recently, Silver Spring Shares, a grassroots organization in Silver Spring, Maryland, hosted its first ShareFest. Part of Shareable's #SharingSpring, the event was catalyzed by a presentation that Shareable partner Center for a New American Dream gave to Silver Spring Green about the sharing economy.
Journalist and filmmaker Nick Rosen has traveled around the US documenting off-grid pioneers.
A three-day showcase of Rochester, New York’s sharing economy, the Rochester ShareFest that took place May 2-4, included swaps, repair cafes, upcycled art, music lessons, seed sharing, food, bike repair and even a thunderstorm which cut the activities a bit short.
On May 18, Los Angeles took its first step toward having an Urban Fruit Trail. The Fallen Fruit team of Austin Young and David Burns joined forces with Heart of LA (HOLA) for the first installment of an art project that is meant to transform the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Los Angeles into more walkable, edible communities.
A lot of attention is being given to cities these days, and for good reason. While nation states falter, cities are uniquely positioned to effect positive change on a broad scale. As one of the panelists at last week’s SHARE Conference pointed out, “The city is the middle actor. It’s not the top down and it’s not the bottom up.”