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Peers Hires RelayRides' Shelby Clark as Executive Director

September 24, 2014 - 09:24

Sharing economy advocacy group Peers announced today the hiring of Shelby Clark as it's new executive director.

Shelby, an early employee of Kiva, founded the peer-to-peer carsharing service RelayRides, which operates carsharing marketplaces in 2,300 U.S. cities. Clark will continue to serve as a Board Member of that company.

Categories: Economics

Is Ridesharing Killing San Francisco's Taxi Industry?

September 23, 2014 - 15:21

Lyft's ridesharing vehicles are known by their pink stick-on mustaches. (Lyft via Kansas City Business Journal)

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: The World's First Tiny House Hoteliers

September 23, 2014 - 06:54

The tiny house movement is booming. There are off-grid tiny houses, Airbnb tiny houses, tiny house villages and now a tiny house hotel. The first of its kind (we believe), Caravan Tiny House Hotel, in Portland, Oregon, comprises six tiny houses in the Alberta Arts District.

Categories: Economics

Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices by Opening a Public Gas Station

September 23, 2014 - 06:52

Photo credit: crowt59. Cross-posted from Community Wealth.

Categories: Economics

18 Hilarious Yet Extremely Useful Illustrated Tips for City Living

September 23, 2014 - 05:45

City living is all the rage. The diverse people, vibrant street life, rich cultural offerings, career opportunities, and easy access to a myriad of amenities are a big draw. But there's another side to city living that doesn’t get as much play at Shareable: the sardine-like over-crowdedness, inconsiderate neighbors, public transport bullies, and stinky-ass garbage piles.

Categories: Economics

#MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!

September 22, 2014 - 16:16

This October, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #MapJam to bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map: grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.

Categories: Economics

How I Avoided Holiday Shopping Through a Donation Exchange

September 22, 2014 - 11:39

As stores begin to hawk their holiday deals, Shareable reposts this 2009 piece about how Neal Gorenflo gave up holiday gifts and discovered a better way to bond with family.

Categories: Economics

How to Trick Out Your Bus Stop

September 22, 2014 - 06:13

Top image: Swingset on South Main in Memphis, Tennessee. Credit: I Love Memphis.

Categories: Economics

Meet the College Dean Who Lives in a Dumpster

September 21, 2014 - 16:14

Plenty of people live in cramped quarters. A third of rural Indians live in homes where each person gets just 65 square feet or less of living space.

Categories: Economics

Coop Trains Next Generation of Community Acupuncturists Debt Free

September 20, 2014 - 10:16

Nearly a decade ago, Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter of Portland dreamed up a low cost, high volume community acupuncture business model. They wanted to provide access to acupuncture for those that couldn't afford the standard fees and also to earn a sustainable living as practitioners serving lower income communities. In 2002, the first iteration of this model, called Working Class Acupuncture, was born.

Categories: Economics

My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device

September 19, 2014 - 05:54

Sharing books you've read can be as enjoyable as reading them again, and for centuries books have frequently changed hands from person to person, library to library. But what if you could share an entire archive of books from the palm of your hand with anyone in earshot? I spent a week experimenting with a DIY PirateBox to see how it works, but first let's explore notable episodes in the history of book sharing...

Categories: Economics

Ever Wondered How Little Free Libraries Change Neighborhoods?

September 17, 2014 - 20:42

Photo credit: Standing Still.

It’s not about the books. At the heart of it, neighborhood book exchanges are a DIY tactic for changing a neighborhood. Stewards introduce a neighborhood book exchange in hopes of altering particular aspects of neighborhood life.

Categories: Economics

11 Tiny House Villages Redefining Home

September 17, 2014 - 08:05

Tiny house villages are a new part of the tiny house movement, yet they hold a lot of potential to transform lives and communities. The idea behind these villages is straightforward: bring tiny houses together in one place to create communities that share land, time together, skills, support, and other resources.

Categories: Economics

Growstuff Uses Open Data to Help Local Gardeners

September 16, 2014 - 08:27

Alex Bayley is an Australian software developer and avid gardener. When she looked online for information about growing food in her area, she came up short. Having worked with open data since 2007, Bayley understood the power of shared information, so she set up Growstuff, an online, crowdsourced repository for backyard gardeners around the world.

Categories: Economics

New Report Explores Unifying the New Economy Movement

September 16, 2014 - 06:57

The new economy has several different names including the sharing economy, the solidarity economy, community resilience, transition, the oppositional economy, and more. At its core, however, is an awareness that the existing economy, which thrives on maximizing growth and profits at all expense, has failed us.

Categories: Economics

New Urban Ag Study Touts Potential of Small Cities

September 15, 2014 - 10:37

The Corvallis, Oregon, farmers' market. Photo credit: ...-Wink-... / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA.

Categories: Economics

How to Trick Out Your Trip

September 15, 2014 - 09:36

For many of us, the bus or subway provides a critical link from home to work, school, and family and friends. Yes, transit makes enormous contributions to a city, reducing congestion by keeping cars off the road and helping to keep the air cleaner. But, taking a bus or train also benefits us personally, inserting short walks into our days for a healthier lifestyle, and connecting us socially to our drivers and fellow passengers. And every trip starts with one step in our own neighborhood.

Categories: Economics

New Report: 25% of UK Participates in the Collaborative Economy

September 15, 2014 - 08:47

The collaborative economy is alive and well "across the pond" in Great Britain, according to Making Sense of the Collaborative Economy, a new report published this month by UK innovation nonprofit Nesta and Collaborative Lab, a

Categories: Economics

New Coalition Takes On Airbnb in NYC with ‘Share Better’ Campaign

September 15, 2014 - 07:06

On Friday, Share Better, a newly-formed coalition of “friends, neighbors, community activists and elected officials” in New York City, publicly called out Airbnb.

Categories: Economics

New Virtual Think Tank Studies How to Govern Knowledge Commons

September 15, 2014 - 06:04

The commons are often associated with shared natural resources including grazing pastures, public spaces and water, but there are lots of commons including the Creative Commons, seed commons, and even knowledge commons. Yes, knowledge, passed from person to person, generation to generation, is a commons that we all share and contribute to.

Categories: Economics