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Barcelona's Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons

November 30, 2016 - 08:19

Barcelona as seen from Maremagnum. Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn via / CC BY. Article cross-posted from

Categories: Economics

Can Commons Thinking Drive a New Health System?

November 30, 2016 - 08:08

What would it take to move from planetary imbalance into a state of sustained health and healing?

Categories: Economics

SHARECITY's Top 10 Food Sharing Projects from Around the World

November 30, 2016 - 08:01

The SHARECITY100 is an interactive database of food sharing activities in 100 cities around the world created by the SHARECITY research team. From food banks and community gardens, to meal-sharing platforms and secret restaurants, it catalogues a variety of initiatives, detailing what is shared, how it is shared, and how the sharing is organised. This is all communicated by a set of icons, which you can check out here.  

Categories: Economics

This #GivingTuesday, Help Us Grow the Sharing Movement

November 29, 2016 - 17:52

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has," said Margaret Mead. It's one of our favorite quotes here at Shareable because it's a great reminder that working together towards a common goal is one of the most fulfilling things we can do.

Categories: Economics

How One Farm Is Reinventing Agriculture for Better Food and a Brighter Future

November 28, 2016 - 09:17

Old McDonald of "E-I-E-I-O" fame would feel right at home on Essex Farm, a 600-acre spread in upstate New York where the future of American agriculture is being radically reconceived.

For the past 60 years, farmers have been coerced by agribusinesses and federal policies to become ever more specialized. So it’s surprising to walk through a modern farmyard and hear a moo-moo here and an oink-oink there, and see 50 different kinds of vegetables growing in the fields.

Categories: Economics

Portugal Announces World’s First Nationwide Participatory Budgeting Project

November 28, 2016 - 07:42

Participatory budgeting is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 1,500 programs worldwide. The concept is simple: People submit ideas for what government should spend a portion of its money on and then vote on the best ideas. Until now, however, the process has been limited to cities and regions. Recently, Portugal became the first county to instate a nationwide participatory budgeting (PB) process with Orçamento Participativo Portugal.

Categories: Economics

3 New Reports Highlight Public Authorities' Role in Boosting Collaboration

November 22, 2016 - 12:50

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), a nonprofit policy research group in Paris, France, recently published two quick-take issue briefs and a longer analysis that spotlights the potential of the sharing economy. These reports explore how goods-exchange networks, crowdsourcing, and collaborative mobility can contribute to and/or complicate municipal, regional, and national sustainable development goals.

Categories: Economics

Shareable’s Top 20 New Books for Winter 2016

November 22, 2016 - 08:26

Looking for some thoughtful, solutions-oriented reading material right about now? We've rounded up 20 of our favorite new books on cities, social change, food systems, platform cooperatives, design, and more.

Categories: Economics

7 Adorable Little Free Libraries Inspired by Gardens

November 21, 2016 - 07:46

There are now more than 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries around the world.

Categories: Economics

Seoul’s Mayor Park Launches Korea-wide Sharing Cities Collaboration at Annual Sharing Festival

November 18, 2016 - 18:42

Seoul's Mayor Park Won-soon, fourth from left, hand-in-hand with seven other mayors after signing joint declaration to develop sharing cities together.

Categories: Economics

Lessons on Creating an Equitable and Sustainable Economy

November 17, 2016 - 14:04
The economy can often feel like it’s out of our control — a system that abides by its own forces that we have no power to influence. While business reporters tend to spotlight the rise and fall of stock prices and policymakers focus on gross domestic product (GDP) to push their agendas, these numbers don’t reflect the economic realities of most people. Stock prices may be soaring and GDP may be rising, but a majority of a country’s population may still be struggling to make ends meet.
Categories: Economics

How Libraries are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

November 16, 2016 - 18:11

Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Photo: Steven Falk, Lafayette city manager.

Categories: Economics

International Consortium Launched at Second Platform Cooperativism Conference

November 16, 2016 - 12:39

Attendees of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium launch event. Photo credit: Christopher Chavez 

Categories: Economics

The Big Potential of Little Free Libraries

November 15, 2016 - 07:12

A free community book exchange launches the Little Free Library movement—with 40,000 locations in 70 countries worldwide. This article is cross-posted from Future Perfect.

Categories: Economics

Rachel Botsman on How We've Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers

November 15, 2016 - 06:45

Co-authored with Neal Gorenflo.

Trust between people is a fundamental aspect of healthy society. But as Rachel Botsman, sharing economy thought-leader and author of What’s Mine is Yours, points out in a TED talk recorded in June, a profound shift in how we trust is occurring. As Botsman puts it:

Categories: Economics

Habibi.Works: An Intercultural Makerspace

November 14, 2016 - 08:41

Article and images cross-posted from the P2P Foundation.

Initiated by the German NGO Soup&Socks, Habibi.Works is a FabLab equipped with all the tools for people to unfold their potential and hone their abilities. It is a place to illustrate talent, gain new skills and build.

Categories: Economics

Coworking, Cooperating, and Coming Together: The “New Better Off” Life Looks Pretty Darn Good

November 14, 2016 - 08:40

Article by Andrea Newell, cross-posted from the Story of Stuff

The American Dream of our parents’ generation left us broke, unhappy, and bereft of planetary resources. What’s so inspiring is that the new “better off” is cheaper, lighter on the planet, and a whole lot more fun.

Categories: Economics

The Future Is in Our Hands

November 10, 2016 - 14:36

Undoubtedly many of our readers from around the world are reeling from the results of the U.S. presidential election. It has been the most divisive one in memory. The winning candidate used sexist, racist, and xenophobic language to rally supporters, stoke hate, and get media coverage. This is something we cannot support. It divides people, erodes our civic capacity, and makes working together for the common good more difficult. It’s also just plain wrong.

Categories: Economics

When You Don’t Have a Traditional Job, This Is How You Get Creative

November 7, 2016 - 07:36

Article and images cross-posted from YES! Magazine. Article and images by Martin do Nascimento.

Categories: Economics