A new food gleaning and supply-sharing program called Cropmobster has created simple and effective solutions to address food waste and hunger and increase farmer visibility in a decentralized, community-based way. And it's spreading like wildfire.
The New Economy Coalition (a project of the New Economics Institute) is shining a spotlight on the emerging movement for a new economy with a week of action called New Economy Week. October 11-19th they will be highlighting events, actions, reports, works of art, and other projects across the United States and Canada.
A window into the development of a movement for worker cooperatives in Argentina and its inspiration to workers fighting for dignity and economic equality around the world.
Earlier this year, the TEDx gathering of 2,200 people at the Sydney Opera House decided to put its money -- or, in this case, its locally grown produce -- where its mouth was. Springing from the Grow It Local movement, the idea was simple: Crowd farm the event by asking all of the participants to bring homegrown vegetables to help feed the crowd. Easy enough, right?
My first encounter with SPARKcon was shortly after I moved to Raleigh when I saw someone wearing the T-shirt. Intrigued solely by the name, a quick web search told me that I had just missed the event, held each September in downtown Raleigh, and a great opportunity to get to know the local creative community.
SPARKcon is described as a "creative potluck" with an "open source, for the people, by the people" approach, showcasing "the creative hub of the South."
I’ve been involved in the sharing economy since 2007 when I first joined Zipcar in college. Initially, my participation was born of financial necessity, but over the years it became a lifestyle that I embraced as a student loan-burdened yuppie.
Do you have an idea for a project or enterprise? Is the vision for it fleshed out? Here are five collaborative techniques that you can use to move your project forward.
Cities are ripe with sharing opportunities. That's kind of the point of cities, when you think about it. Shared infrastructure, culture, and space are what make cities dynamos of the global economy. And when citizens and governments plan a city together, an even more shareable city is possible. Increased innovation, resilience, and prosperity can follow. That's what Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea is banking on with his ambitious "Sharing City" initiative.
Juana Bautista de Candelaria Rodriguez, one of the oldest people in the world, smiles to greet visitors.
While some search for the fountain of youth, others are content to simply live long and prosper. But prospering can mean different things to different people.
Illustration by Doug Ross of www.dougross.com
It's hard to concentrate when you're worried about a wayward fingernail clipping ricochetting off the back of your head.
It's not that the sliver of hardened DNA could really do all that much damage, it's more the anticipation aroused by that unmistakable "clip! ...clip!" at the desk behind you; and not being able to see where the clippings are flying.
With a palpable enthusiasm for collaboration, David Mahfouda is plotting a new future for taxi transportation in New York City—one that’s more cost-effective, efficient, and sociable. Bandwagon, Mahfouda’s new ridesharing service launched at LaGuardia Airport in July, fills idle capacity in taxis by getting passengers who have complementary destinations into the same cab.
South Korea is, one project at a time, transforming itself into a model of shareability. The city of Seoul, with its Sharing City Seoul project, is positioning itself as one of the world’s great sharing cities and now, 4,300 people in the Haenggung-dong neighborhood of Suwon, which is 30 km south of Seoul, have gone car-free for the month of September.
Are you looking for more meaning in your daily life? Would you like more real connections with people, time to pursue your interests, and fresh food straight from the garden?
If so, living like an ecovillager in your city might do the trick. Humans have lived in small settlements for time eternal, and some psychologists say that the high levels of depression are due to a widespread disconnect from nature and community.
On March 20, the hashtag #GlobalP2P suddenly vaulted up among Twitter’s most globally used. One detail: It had never before been a trending topic. Afterward, #GlobalP2P was an insistent echo raising the visibility of the P2P Foundation's Wikisprint event, a mapping of the commons and peer-to-peer space taking place that day in Latin America and Southern Europe. The explosion of #GlobalP2P as a trending topic was no accident.
Commonopoly in action. Photo credit: Big Hope.
The most popular board games are based on competition. Monopoly epitomizes the winner take all nature of the genre. But what happens when that model gets turned on its head in favor of a more collaborative approach which pits the players against the game itself? Cooperation, that's what.
By Bryan Behrenshausen
Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard.
The Rural Sports Center in San Pedro Apóstol, Mexico. Credit: Rootstudio.
I hear it a lot: "Sharing isn't new."
The legal problems of the sharing economy just got real. The latest lawsuits against "ride-sharing" companies Lyft and Über could be game changers. The plaintiffs are drivers who give rides to strangers for money, paying a portion of their earnings to the companies. The class action lawsuits argue that the drivers should be classified as employees of the companies.
Mystic Midway, a pop-up carnival, made an appearance at this year’s SOCAP conference and asked participants the question, What shines within you that wants to be shared?