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Neighborhood Exchange Boxes Help Geneva Reuse 32 Tons of Goods

April 28, 2015 - 16:59

On street corners throughout Switzerland, colorful painted boxes the size of a pay phone booth declare: BOÎTES D’ÉCHANGE ENTRE VOISINS. A box for exchange between neighbors.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Joel Dietz on Distributed Collaborative Organizations

April 28, 2015 - 12:21

Distributed Collaborative Organizations use blockchain technology to achieve participatory governance. (Swarm)

Categories: Economics

Google's Street Art Project Brings 10,000 Works Online

April 28, 2015 - 02:48

It’s not news that Google has a creative streak, but the tech giant’s foray into street art comes as a bit of a surprise. In an effort to catalog street art before it disappears, the Google Street Art Project features audio tours, online exhibitions, stories about the street artists, collections of street art from around the world, animated street art, and more.

Categories: Economics

Inside Italy's Urban Commons and Sharing School Movements

April 25, 2015 - 08:52

I met architect Andrea Paoletti four years ago at Impact Hub SoMa in San Francisco, the coworking space where I’m a long-time member. He was visiting from Milan to lead a collaborative interior design project with Hub members. His job was to help Hub members design their space to foster collaboration. His work interested me and was relevant to Shareable. I asked him to write an article about his work co-designing collaborative spaces.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: The Leaders of Kenya's College for Cooperatives

April 24, 2015 - 07:49

Established in 1952, The Co-operative University College of Kenya trains students to lead the country's many cooperatives. (Nathan Schneider)

The Co-operative University College of Kenya (CUCK), on the outskirts of Nairobi, looks like any other college. Students walk along its manicured paths and drab hallways with their books and phones—alone, absorbed in thought, or in groups, gabbing with each other. Visiting, I felt like I'd been on campuses like this a million times. But I had never been to a college for cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

New Bill to Spur Growth of Worker Coops in California

April 22, 2015 - 07:59

A new bill in California is a step toward recognizing worker cooperatives as a solution to the state’s growing income inequality and worsening prospects for low- and middle-income people.

AB 816 clarifies language in the existing coop statute and creates the legal structure, capital structure, and certain exemptions from registration requirements to make it easier to form worker cooperatives.

Categories: Economics

Spain's CIC Tries to Build a New Economy from the Ground Up

April 22, 2015 - 07:49

Top image: Enric Duran. Article and image cross-posted from Resilience.org and Bollier.org.

Categories: Economics

Green Dreams for Earth Day

April 21, 2015 - 13:17

Photo credit: Garry Knight under a Creative Commons license.

At a time when ecological destruction is more dire than ever, the work of protecting the planet depends on dreamers just as much as on scientists, activists, public officials, and business leaders. Earth Day, when millions of people voice support for environmental causes, is the perfect time to recognize this.

Categories: Economics

Meet Lacuna, a Pop-Up Library Made From Books

April 21, 2015 - 10:58

What to do when you’re gifted 50,000 books? Give them away, of course. But how? This is the challenge organizers of the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival faced after the Internet Archive gave them 80 boxes full of 700 books each.

Categories: Economics

The Sharing Economy Needs a Public Option

April 20, 2015 - 06:37

Photo credit: jonathan mcintosh / Foter / CC BY-SA. Article cross-posted from Al Jazeera America.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Revive Food on Turning Fruit Waste into Jam

April 16, 2015 - 12:08

The U.S. wastes 70 billion pounds of food annually. Via Schaumburg's Sustainable Future.

It is not news that we waste a lot of food in the United States. Trying to get your head around the amount of food we throw out each year—70 billion pounds—is a challenge. In weight, that is the equivalent of 95 Empire State Buildings. But even this comparison is hard to fathom. The food waste problem in the United States has gotten out of control, and we need ways to rein it in.

Categories: Economics

Interviewed: Shareable's Neal Gorenflo on the Real Sharing Economy

April 15, 2015 - 11:14

Neal Gorenflo. (YouTube)

Categories: Economics

How to Free the Soil by Depaving

April 15, 2015 - 07:07

How much thought do you give to pavement? Our cities are covered with it, but it’s not exactly a hot topic of conversation—though it should be. Pavement causes all sorts of problems including the fact that water can’t soak through it and instead runs across it, collecting pollutants and biological contaminants that make their way into waterways, plants, animals, and ourselves.

Categories: Economics

Science of Sharing Exhibit Explores Cooperation, Collaboration

April 13, 2015 - 15:48

On Pier 15 in San Francisco, inside the famed participatory museum the Exploratorium, a large flat screen displays two bright circles—one red, and one blue. Inside each circle are rapidly increasing numbers; at the bottom of the screen is a timer, counting down. In front of the screen, at four podiums, total strangers frantically press either a blue or a red button, attempting, it seems, to up the count of that color. What are they doing?

A placard between the podiums explains:

Categories: Economics

New Zealand Family Shares a Tiny-Home Castle on Wheels

April 13, 2015 - 14:45

The truck unfolds into a spacious three-level home. (Daily Megabyte)

They say a person's home is his castle. But what about their truck? New Zealanders Jola and Justin have done the seemingly impossible, building a road-ready house truck that transforms into a high-ceilinged abode with full kitchen, roof deck, and—yes—a pair of turrets.

Categories: Economics

How to Host a Seed Swap

April 13, 2015 - 07:56

Seed swaps are great ways to learn about local seeds, build community around seed sharing, and show support for the Save Seed Sharing movement. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, they provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own harvest.

Categories: Economics