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Letter from Miami: Shareable's Neal Gorenflo explores the city's sharing potential

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:36:37 +0000

As part of Shareable's global book tour for our latest publication, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons," I was invited by Ric Herrero of Mano to Miami to speak at Venture Café Miami and Miami Maker Faire, one of the largest Maker Faires in the U.S., earlier this month.




'Workplaces are commons': Q&A with Sustainable Economies Law Center's Ricardo Nuñez and Chris Tittle

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:12:39 +0000

One of the foundational elements of modern society is the idea of democracy. Nations were built upon it, wars have been fought over it (at least in name), and millions have struggled for the right to participate in it. Many of us truly believe that we are living in democratic societies, and that our ability to vote in elections is proof of that. But how democratic are our societies in reality?




Q&A: Solidarity Research Center's Yvonne Yen Liu on the power of cooperative economics

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:09:59 +0000

The Solidarity Research Center based in Los Angeles, California, was established in 2014 by a group of researchers and academics with roots in organized labor. Now they are working on projects across the country, linking the ethos of the labor movement and the dynamics of the cooperative economy to build and promote cooperatives across a wide range of sectors.




How you can be part of the 'Sharing Cities' story

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:26:15 +0000

Two years ago, our team at Shareable embarked on an ambitious project. We launched a fellowship program to work with experts from different disciplines on a collaboratively-produced book about how cities and city residents are sharing resources to build a sustainable world. After months of research, writing, editing, and revising, we are two weeks away from the worldwide release of the book.




Researcher Karin Bradley examines how city policies impact sharing and consumption

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:42:45 +0000

Urban sharing is growing in cities across the world — but how can we access or understand their impact, especially when factoring in wider social goals around equity and the environment? What is the proper role that cities can play in facilitating the growth of sharing platforms or spaces?




Newly discovered language in Malaysia has 'rich vocabulary to describe exchanging and sharing'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:46:26 +0000

Linguists from Sweden's Lund University have discovered a previously undocumented language with an unexpectedly rich vocabulary of words to describe sharing and cooperation. The research conducted by Niclas Burenhult and Joanne Yager, published in "Linguistic Typology" and summarized on the popular science website IFL Science, explores the Jedek language, spoken by a community of about 280 people who live as settled hunter-gatherers in northern Malaysia.




Why we need Sharing Cities now more than ever

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 01:55:31 +0000

We recently partnered with SPUR, an urban policy think tank in San Francisco, California, for a panel discussion about Sharing Cities — a vision for cities that's rooted in practical, community-based solutions to meet the needs of residents — to mark the publication of our latest book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons." Five years ago, Shareable, along with SPUR and the city of San Francisco, catalyzed the Sharing Cities movement at SPUR's headquarters with the launch event of 




How Make Something Week brought together thousands of makers around the globe

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:49:29 +0000

Greenpeace, Fashion Revolution, and Shareable joined forces last December to inspire people around the globe to join the maker movement. The inaugural #MakeSmthngWeek campaign, which ran from Dec. 2-10, featured more than 185 events in 32 countries across six continents.




Why Are Young People Joining Cooperatives? 3 Youth Leaders Share Their Views

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:46:18 +0000

For many, cooperatives represent the past, not the future. But young people around the globe are challenging that notion. At the International Cooperative Alliance Conference, held in November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, members of the Youth Network, a multilingual, diverse, global initiative to connect and empower youth to join and create cooperatives around the world, spoke passionately about why it is imperative to invest in a youth-driven cooperative future.