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The Occupy Portraits: A Photo Essay

June 25, 2014 - 08:41

Above: Los Angeles - What Marco hopes for: "... free education."

Categories: Economics

Biourbanism: Rethinking the Science of Space

June 24, 2014 - 11:47

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.

Categories: Economics

Freelancers Union Launches National Benefits Platform

June 24, 2014 - 09:03

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:

Categories: Economics

10 Shopping Tips from a Farmers Market Manager

June 24, 2014 - 08:39

Top image and article cross-posted from Nourished Kitchen.

Categories: Economics

Open Source Recipes to Make Social Innovations More Shareable

June 23, 2014 - 20:17

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?

Categories: Economics

12 Shareable Things Nashville Is Getting Right

June 23, 2014 - 08:24

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. 

Categories: Economics

How To Convert a Business into a Worker-owned Cooperative

June 18, 2014 - 07:09

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. 

Categories: Economics

CommonBound Recap: There Are Many Alternatives

June 17, 2014 - 13:38

We are CommonBound

Categories: Economics

15 Ways to Create a Summer of Sharing

June 17, 2014 - 07:17

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?

Categories: Economics

San Franciscans Hack the Housing Crisis But Find No Easy Solutions

June 16, 2014 - 07:29

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.

Categories: Economics

12 Collaborative Services for Success at Work

June 16, 2014 - 06:55

Top photo credit: Yusuke Kawasaki.

Categories: Economics

Open Policy Network to Give Governments a License to Share

June 11, 2014 - 07:09

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.

Categories: Economics

Creative Community in the Age of Mesh Networks

June 10, 2014 - 08:39

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.

Categories: Economics

New In-law Suite Rules Boost Affordable Housing in San Francisco

June 10, 2014 - 08:36

Examples of backyard in-law suites from New Avenue Homes

Categories: Economics

1,000 Men's Sheds in Australia Spark Nascent Global Movement

June 10, 2014 - 07:36

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.

Categories: Economics

It's YOUR Turn to Become a Sharing Superhero - Apply for a Seed Grant

June 9, 2014 - 19:11

Are you excited about transforming your city into a sharing city starting with a resource sharing, cooperative, or commons project?

Categories: Economics

Public Housing Works: Lessons from Vienna and Singapore

June 9, 2014 - 09:33

Sargfabrik, an award-winning social housing project, is the biggest self-governing community in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Vienez

Categories: Economics

AppMyCity Finalists Djump, Peerby, and Social Cyclist Vie for Prize

June 5, 2014 - 13:19

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.

Categories: Economics

Pimp My Carroca Honors Sao Paulo's Indie Sanitation Workers [Video]

June 5, 2014 - 07:28

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.

Categories: Economics

CivicLab: The Coworking Space for Civic Hacking

June 4, 2014 - 19:18

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.

Categories: Economics