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How to Inspire Millions More Americans to Ride Bicycles

July 22, 2014 - 11:02

Top image: A stencil on the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver. Photo credit: Jeff_Werner / Foter 

You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.

Categories: Economics

You Did This! The Birth of the Sharing Cities Network

July 22, 2014 - 08:07

Shareable has been telling stories from the frontlines of the sharing movement since 2009. Stories of tool lending libraries, timebanks, community clothing swaps, and visions of a worldwide sharing economy. Over time, the visions have turned into realities, the seedlings into sprouting truths. It’s undeniable: the sharing movement is growing every day.

Categories: Economics

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

July 21, 2014 - 06:38

Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

Categories: Economics

California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies

July 18, 2014 - 10:34

Top image credit:  Authored by Chris Tittle

Categories: Economics

Tails Offers Complete Anonymity on a Stick

July 17, 2014 - 10:29

Whether you are a journalist, activist, or whistlblower, you might be interested in using Tails for completely private messaging on the web.

Categories: Economics

BikeSurf: Open Source Bikesharing Powered by Community

July 17, 2014 - 01:46

The intersection between bike culture and the sharing economy is fertile ground for projects - such as the Berlin-birthed, now worldwide, BikeSurf.

BikeSurf, a donation-based bikesharing program built on “karma, trust, and community,” fosters communication, encourages shared resources, and builds community -- all while offering travelers low-cost options for bicycle rentals.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Aaron Hurst on the Purpose Economy

July 16, 2014 - 13:41

Top image credit: psd / Foter / CC BY 2.0.

Categories: Economics

ImPACT Fest Launches Hartford as a Sharing City

July 16, 2014 - 07:31

A ShareFest by any other name is still sweet. Recently, sharing organizers in Connecticut hosted ImPACT Fest at Bushnell Park, in downtown Hartford. The goal for the event was to raise awareness of the area’s many assets, especially those that involve the sharing economy.

Categories: Economics

It Takes an Ecosystem: The Rise of Worker Cooperatives in the US

July 16, 2014 - 07:10

COLORS Co-Op Academy in Detroit, Michigan

As the traditional job market deteriorates,  the number of worker cooperatives in the United States is growing as people seek more stable and rewarding work. An ecosystem of worker cooperative development organizations is emerging to accelerate this trend.

Categories: Economics

Growing the Open Food Revolution

July 16, 2014 - 00:25

The open food movement has been developing at a pace in recent months through projects like the Australian-based Open Food Network, a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local sustainable food. 

Categories: Economics

Why Two Brothers Traveled 5,000 Miles by Rail in a Spacecraft

July 15, 2014 - 23:56

If ever you've wondered what it might be like to travel in a spacecraft on railroad tracks, Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene have the answer. Almost twenty years after thousands of miles of passenger routes of the public railway lines in Mexico were canceled due to privatization, the Mexican artist duo set out in a "spaceship" to ride on the old tracks and rugged roads where the trains once ran.    

Categories: Economics

How to Convert Facebook Fans to E-mail Subscribers in 5 Easy Steps

July 15, 2014 - 18:48

Have you put a lot of effort into building your organization's Facebook Fan Page? Do you want to make the most of the chance to engage supporters and - given declining organic Facebook reach - ensure you can communicate directly with them in the future?

Categories: Economics

New York City to Make Historic Investment in Worker Cooperatives

July 15, 2014 - 12:03

The Big Apple got behind cooperatives in a small, yet historic way this past month with the adoption of a budget that includes a $1.2 million dollar fund to support the development of worker owned cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

The Great Promise of Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives

July 15, 2014 - 09:09

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

Categories: Economics

Are You Ready to Trust a Decentralized Autonomous Organization?

July 14, 2014 - 10:11

Above: Governance by Networks. Credit: Thierry Erhmann

Categories: Economics

ShareFest Supports a Culture of Sharing in Youngstown

July 14, 2014 - 08:22

The Mahoning Valley ShareFest in Youngstown, Ohio brought together over 60 people for an afternoon of sharing skills, knowledge, passions, books, clothing and hobbies. Hosted by lead organizer and Timebank Mahoning Watershed board member Tony Budak, as well as numerous volunteers, the event featured dozens of local organizations aligned with the mission to showcase local collaborative giving and receiving.

Categories: Economics

Co-production Wales Empowers Users to Co-create Better Public Services

July 14, 2014 - 07:50

Vale People First, a local self-advocacy group for and by people with learning disabilities in Vale, organized their own conference, pictured here with the Mayor

Co-production in Public Services: a Welsh Story

Categories: Economics

Worker Coop Academy Launches Bay Area Pilot Program

July 14, 2014 - 07:41

Worker-owned cooperatives, far from being relics of 1960s counter-culture, are re-emerging as powerful tools for creating a new economy based on equity. But how does one help grow the cooperative movement when the vast majority of jobs are still built on the often undemocratic private ownership model? The Worker Coop Academy aims to answer that question.

Categories: Economics

Sharing Cities Network Launches Pilot Fellowship Program

July 11, 2014 - 10:52

Over the past year and a half Shareable has launched head first into nurturing the growth of an organic grassroots movement in communities around the globe. After listening to organizers and groups working at the local level, there was a unified call for two resources that were needed but didn’t exist: a community of practice to learn from experiments by peers and seed funding for new initiatives to take root and flourish in underrepresented parts of the US and the world.

Categories: Economics

The Birth of a Freestore

July 10, 2014 - 10:00

We all suffer from a deficit of stories in many areas of our lives, especially with our things. How can we experiment with gifting in our communities to re-animate material objects with stories of relationship, and why does this matter? One community is exploring this question by the creation of a FreeStore.

Categories: Economics