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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.




New research explores a sharing economy based on 'cooperation, solidarity, and support'

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:09:19 +0000

Commercial sharing platforms like Uber and Airbnb have reshaped the transportation and housing sectors in cities and raised challenges for urban policy makers seeking to balance market disruption with community protections. Transformational sharing projects like Shareable's Sharing Cities Network seek to strengthen the urban commons to address social justice, equity, and sustainability.




3 Creative Ways to Transform Urban Spaces

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:43:35 +0000

Open spaces are key to the health and vitality of cities. Walkable, safe, green spaces increase the possibilities for people to meet and nurture relationships beyond family, friends, and colleagues. But a discussion about Sharing Cities can't focus on open spaces alone. Gentrification should be a part of that discussion.




Can Cities Use Crowdfunding to Raise Awareness About Climate Change?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:44:41 +0000

Earlier this year, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, a research group based in Paris, France, published a brief report on how local cities were using crowdfunding to pay for development projects. Laura Brimont conducted the research.




New Report Explores How to Rethink Cities of the Future

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:19:58 +0000

In 2009, the world hit a watershed moment. For the first time in human history, a majority of people were living not in rural areas, but in cities. Since then, the growth in cities has only accelerated, and the United Nations estimates that 66 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050.




Want to Change the System? 'Become the System'

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:05:42 +0000

We live in turbulent times: many certainties are disappearing and changes are difficult to understand. Can transition management help us to explain where the world is heading? Derk Loorbach, director of the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, talks about the mechanisms, risks, and trends necessitated by transitioning towards a more sustainable world. "If you want to change the system, you should eventually be willing to become the system," he says.

How do you define transition?




How New Institutions Can Bolster Ghent's Commons Initiatives

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:20:10 +0000

When Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, started his research for the development of a "Commons Transition Plan" for the Flemish city of Ghent, he was overwhelmed by the sheer number of commons-oriented programs. In three months time, he discovered 500 initiatives. A remarkable figure, related to recent research indicating a tenfold increase in commons.




Barcelona's Decidim Offers Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:52:22 +0000

The word Decidim translated from Catalan means we decide, and it's the name of Barcelona's digital infrastructure for participatory democracy. One part functional database and one part political statement, organizers say Decidim is key to a broad digital transformation that is taking place in Barcelona — its institutions, markets, and economy.




Illinois's Cook County Helps Solar Energy Cooperatives Rise and Shine

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:23:51 +0000

In Cook County, Illinois, one of the most populous counties in the U.S., officials are taking an innovative approach to spur job growth and promote sustainable energy. Last April, they launched a program to support community shared solar power in the Chicago area and selected 15 pilot sites — public housing complexes, churches, industrial areas, and landfills, to implement community-owned solar projects.




Podcast: Flatpack Democracy Architect Peter Macfadyen's DIY Guide to Independent Politics

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:30:28 +0000

In this episode we spoke with Peter Macfadyen, one of the architects behind Flatpack Democracy, a do-it-yourself guide to creating independent politics.