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The Urban Common Spaces That Show Us We Belong to Something Larger

May 3, 2017 - 08:40

An American friend living in Germany told me a story about when she first arrived. She and her German boyfriend were out walking when she heard a noise that got louder as they approached the town's main square. Puzzled, she asked her partner about the unfamiliar sound.

"That's the sound of people talking to each other," he told her.

People outside, not drowned out by the noise of cars or amplified music. Imagine!

Categories: Economics

Why Peg City Car Co-op is Joining Forces With Housing Co-ops in Winnipeg, Canada

May 2, 2017 - 11:43

People in the Canadian Prairies, or the western part of the country, are known to have an attachment to their cars. That's understandable for anyone who has spent time in the region's cities. Take Winnipeg, for example. Thanks to its multicultural vibrancy, edgy theater and film scene, and world-class museums, it's elbowing its way onto Canadian travel itineraries.

Categories: Economics

Podcast: What Would an Economy Based on Wellbeing Look Like?

May 2, 2017 - 11:38

In last week's episode Upstream explored the theme of economic inequality and looked at how neoliberal policies have impacted many communities, including Frome. This week's episode asks the following question: How can towns and communities around the world begin to make wellbeing and happiness the ultimate goal of their economy? 

Categories: Economics

Read an Excerpt from Creative Commons' Upcoming Book — 'Made with Creative Commons'

May 1, 2017 - 16:29

About 1.5 years ago, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, we set out to research and write a book about the ways creators and businesses make money when they share their work using Creative Commons licensing. We had a particular vision for the work. We would identify and interview 24 diverse enterprises. We would analyze their revenue models and customer segments. We would figure out what makes them work and turn it into advice that applies to everyone.

Categories: Economics

Why Bike-Sharing Platform Bluegogo's Planned Launch in San Francisco Went Downhill

May 1, 2017 - 14:05

One would think San Francisco and bike sharing would be a match made in heaven. To some extent it is, but like all relationships, it isn't without friction. In the past few years, the city has been steadily increasing its biking infrastructure, earning the title of the second most bike-friendly city in the U.S., from Bicycling magazine (Chicago took first place).

Categories: Economics