This article was first published by Community-Wealth.org
When I first wrote my article for Shareable outlining my experiment for 2016, I wasn’t completely honest with you all. In fact, I had a pretty big hidden agenda. After last year's adventure in London, I had come back to Sydney to settle and start on the next big adventure of my life -- parenthood.
Shareable has a strong focus on sharing cities—places where sharing drives sustainable and just solutions around transportation, housing, work, community, food, public space and more, from the municipal level down to the neighborhood and the individual.
Sharing cities are also places where people know and share the stories about the issues, joys and challenges that affect everyone.
In a 2015 member survey of the global coworking community, 89 percent of respondents stated that they were happier due to coworking. This impressive stat comes as no surprise to coworking insiders, who understand first-hand the positive impact coworking can have on people.
A food desert in Minneapolis will soon have access to fresh food and its own community grocery cooperative.
The first food coop in North Minneapolis, Wirth Cooperative Grocery is scheduled to open later this year. It will focus on providing easy access to a variety of foods and, if all goes well, help revitalize the neighborhood and boost the local economy in an area with few accessible grocery stores.
Mayor Park Won-Soon, who spearheaded Sharing City Seoul, one of the world’s first sharing cities, was recently awarded the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. The award, along with a prize of 1 million Swedish krona ($123,000 USD), is given each year to people or organizations for outstanding performance and achievements towards a sustainable future.
OuiShare is on a mission to build and nurture a collaborative society. A forward-thinking, action-oriented community of thousands from around the world, the organization has been decentralized from the beginning. Formed in Paris in 2012, OuiShare is built around the notion of letting community members take initiative and enabling the community grow on its own.
One of Shareable’s core projects this year is to produce a new book and digital database comprised of case studies and model policies to support the growth of Sharing Cities.
by Cynthia Dettman. Article cross-posted from ic.org
How does one go about locating a cohousing community that is a good personal fit? Here are my suggestions on how to go about finding a healthy, vibrant, and happy community.
Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico. (Ramiro Ramirez / ELEMENTAL)
Public libraries have long been safe places for homeless people. In San Francisco, library administrators realized that because of their safe-place reputation they had a unique opportunity to reach out to the local homeless community. They hired Leah Esguerra, a psychiatric social worker who is believed to be the nation’s first full-time social worker at a library.
Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil.
I recommend But Anyway, a new song about gentrification by Washington DC-based lawyer and rapper Tarica June. It hits a nerve.
I haven't watched my hometown disappear like her. That's because as a Navy brat, I've never had a hometown. That's probably why the song resonates. That plus watching as half of my friends and much of what I loved about San Francisco disappear over the last five years due to gentrification.