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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.




How this CSA started by a chemistry teacher may be the future of local agriculture

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:45:54 +0000

Quietly nestled on the side of a hill in the rural town of Caroline, New York, just a short drive from Ithaca, Nook and Cranny Farm is well-suited to its name. Its owner, Bob Tuori, has owned the plot of land that it sits on for almost two decades. Over the years, he has grown it into a prime example of a community-focused intensive, efficient, and sustainable small farm.




How community advocacy saved a unique landscape in Paris

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:06:01 +0000

Here's the problem: Les Murs à Pêches is a maze of walled gardens stretching over 35 hectares (around 86.5 acres) in Montreuil, in the middle of the Paris megalopolis. This site was established five centuries ago and developed over time, as residents found out they could grow peaches because of the microclimate generated by a network of walls that accumulate heat during the day and release it at night.




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.




Participatory grantmaking puts new spin on how nonprofits receive funding

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:30:12 +0000

Since 2015, my colleagues at Shareable have been participating in a "shared gifting" process through the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC). Mostly funded by the Threshold Foundation, the TRCC is a national network of leaders working to boost local communities through participatory grantmaking.




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 the 'Walking School Bus' promotes a safe and healthy commute for kids

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:55:50 +0000

Here's the problem: Fears for children's safety during their commute to school means fewer students are riding bikes or walking to school. More students are being driven to school, which results in more traffic, further eroding students' ability to make their way to school safely. This also contributes to traffic congestion, increased pressure on time-pressed parents and guardians, and lost opportunities for physical activity for students.