We increasingly hear social movements call to reclaim and protect commons. Traditionally commons are associated with the shared stewardship for the environment in which both people and animals depend, such as land, forests, seeds, water, and fisheries. In the face of privatization driven by neoliberal policies, struggles continue worldwide for the recognition and protection of these many commons. Perhaps none more so than for the water we drink and the air we breath.
Coworking started as a small, fringe movement of people who wanted to work independently, but within a community. A decade later, that movement has become a rapidly-growing global industry that’s entering the mainstream.
Statistics about clutter are sobering. There are 300,000 items in the average American home; 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage; 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them; and the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily.
Decluttering can lead to less stress and more focus on what really matters. It can also help connect you with others if you share, exchange or gift your extra stuff.
Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is peer production and commons economics? More importantly, how can they help bring about a thriving economy that work for people and planet?
Contradicting the notion that books are only found in bookstores and brick and mortar libraries, people are creating all kinds of clever ways to share books on the go. From book bicycles and camels to DIY bookmobiles, mobile libraries are a great way to connect people and grow communities around a love of reading.
Here are 7 of our favorite mobile libraries. Some of them were temporary projects and some are still going strong. They all captured our attention and inspire us to read more and share more.
What happens when you bring farmers, gardeners, and researchers together with a singular purpose? A wiki of perennial polycultures shepherded by the Apios Institute that aims to support folks around the world who wish to grow their climate's version of an "integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens)."
Bologna, Emilia Romagna. Photo credit: Tomas Kohl. Article and image cross-posted from YES! magazine. Authored by John Duda.
As more and more consumers get savvy about where they put their money, how do cooperatives expand their supply to meet the demand? After all, worker-owners each have a stake in the co-op's future and a vote on the co-op's decisions. And that can be a problem if a business needs to secure a bank loan in order to scale up operations. Individuals within the group can't—and shouldn't—be singled out as loan applicants.
Shareable recently wrote about the Open Building Institute’s (OBI) crowdfunding campaign to fund its eco-building toolkit. With 14 days to go, the project has raised over $65,000 of its $80,000 goal. This Q&A with OBI founding partner Marcin Jakubowski originally appeared on Open Source Ecology.
There’s no question that the internet has ushered in a renaissance in building advocacy movements. We now have a number of platforms to coordinate global activism campaigns and connect large bases of supporters. But in spite of all the technological developments, there’s been scant public discourse among organizers and campaigners about the strategies they employ to win support for their causes.
Placemaking is an approach to improving public space by inspiring and empowering people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the spaces around them as community resources and gathering places.
As you've probably noticed, smartphone apps are having a big impact on transportation. A new report, Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies, by the U.S. Department of Transportation and UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center provides a comprehensive overview of the growing number of apps influencing travel choices and is meant as a primer for policymakers.
Photo courtesy of RS1.
Leave it to Germany to build a bicycle autobahn that connect 10 cities within its borders. The goal? To take some 50,000 vehicles off the actual highways and make commuting by bike a much easier -- and safer -- proposition.
As coworking explodes in popularity, its parallel movement, co-living, is being touted as the next disruption of surplus space. At its essence, co-living offers shared living space and amenities, more housemates than the typical roommate situation, access to a network of properties, and flexible lease options that allow long and short-term residents to live side by side.
As open source advocates and newlyweds, Marcin Jakubowski and Catarina Mota decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back. In the process, they have been developing an entirely open-source toolkit that makes the design and construction of eco-friendly, off-grid modular housing easier, cheaper, and faster through use of modular designs, rapid-build construction, social production, locally-sourced materials, and open-source machines.
A few times a year, we round up the top new books about cities, sharing, collaboration, social tech, movement trends and more. Here are 21 books worth checking out for Shareable summer reading.