After working a computer job on Wall Street for three years, Mason Wartman wanted to try something new. He opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his pizza shop would soon help feed local homeless people and receive global attention.
Guerrilla urbanism empowers everyday people to change their surroundings for the better. One branch of the guerrilla urbanism tree -- guerrilla wayfinding -- consists of covertly putting up wayfinding signs directing people to parks, cultural hot spots, music venues, community gardens, shopping plazas, and other walkable destinations.
Matt Scales and Sharon Ede went to Ouishare Fest in Paris last May to present Share N Save, an interactive map of sharing activities in Adelaide, South Australia (SA). While there, Scales, who is Manager for Media, Digital and Brand Delivery at Zero Waste SA, would try to sell or license the platform to other organizations.
As much flak as the Sharing Economy catches, Silicon Valley gets even more. So, when the two victims of derision collided at Comedy Hack Day last month, much (fake) technological foolery ensued.
Vito Catalani and Jamie Shin took to Airbnb to draw awareness to New York's homelessness problem. (Courtesy Airbnb)
A tank rolling around a city might generally be cause for concern—but not this tank. This is the Book Tank, a roving, free library packed with 900 books that elicits waves, laughter, thanks, and smiles as it goes by.
Designed and built by Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff, the Book Tank is a 1979 Ford Falcon that has been converted into a “weapon of mass instruction” bringing books to the Argentine people. Lemesoff drives the tank giving a free book to anyone who promises to read it.
Article and images cross-posted from Community-Wealth.org. Written by Katie Parker.
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Stuart and Cedar Anderson's Flow hive promises to revolutionize beekeeping. Credit: beefarm.ru
Image: Amelia Bates for Grist
There’s a growing awareness that the real sharing economy has little to do with wealth-concentrating Silicon Valley startups. It has more to do with communities figuring out ways to make sure everyone's needs are met by sharing, putting idle resources to work, and creating an economy that revolves around joyful, sustainable living rather than endless growth.
Top image: The shared cheese cellar at Jasper Hill Farm. Article and image cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Authored by Eban Goodstein and Robin Hahnel.
This article was authored by Olivia LaVecchia and produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise. Article and images cross-posted from Yes! Magazine.