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Why taxi cooperatives offer better job security for drivers

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:44:37 +0000

There's been a lot of attention on the exploitative practices of ride-sharing companies — long hours, inadequate pay, and little to no benefits. But traditional taxi systems that pre-dated app-based platforms were not much better.

How to power shared mobility startups with blockchain technology

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:38:40 +0000

This opinion piece by Boyd Cohen explores how a new blockchain layer for mobility could allow shared mobility startups to quickly launch their services and have immediate access to a network effect. Cohen is the co-founder of IoMob, which combines open source and blockchain technology to decentralize mobility, and the dean of research at the EADA Business School in Barcelona.

What steps can be taken to ensure the well-being of gig workers?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:29 +0000

In early February, Doug Schifter, a longtime taxi driver committed suicide in front of City Hall in New York City, New York. Just hours before taking his life, he posted a lengthy message on Facebook outlining his work stress, lack of health insurance, and financial challenges.

SafeMotos provides safer motorbike taxis in Rwanda

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:12:58 +0000

Here's the problem: In 2013, the World Health Organization estimated that 3,783 people had died in Rwanda due to road accidents. Although not always safe, "Mototaxis," or motorbike taxis, offered cost-effective transportation for low-income people and provided a livelihood for drivers. The challenge was to find a way to ensure safety of passengers and create jobs for mototaxi drivers.

Seoul-based COOP Taxi gives power back to drivers

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:50:42 +0000

Here's the problem: The taxi industry in Seoul has exploited drivers for some time. Indeed, in order to drive a taxi in South Korea, drivers are required to pay 120,000 won (approximately $105) in daily fees to 244 independent companies. This situation has been further exacerbated by the introduction of the KakaoTaxi app. Launched March 31, 2015, KakaoTaxi is a platform that connects drivers to passengers directly. While increasing efficiency, the introduction of KakaoTaxi has also accelerated competition, forcing drivers to lower prices significantly.

Racial discrimination and the sharing economy — what does the research tell us?

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 19:46:14 +0000

This piece was co-written by Hugo Guyader and Julian Agyeman. Guyader is a PhD candidate at Linköping University, Sweden, where he focuses his research on collaborative consumption and green services. He is also a OuiShare Connector. Agyeman is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He is co-author of "Sharing Cities" (MIT Press 2015) and a member of Shareable's Advisory Board.

15 Reasons (And Counting) Why Montreal is an Exemplary Sharing City

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:12:57 +0000

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and arguably the most cosmopolitan city in North America. The cooperative movement in Quebec dates back to the late 19th century, with the founding of North America's oldest and most established credit union, the Caisse Desjardins. Since then, co-ops and social economy projects have entered every sphere of economic and cultural life in the city and the province. The rise of social networks and crowdfunding has vastly expanded the possibilities.

3 Up-and-Coming Sharing Cities You'll Want to Explore

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:26:20 +0000

More and more, we're seeing community-based sharing projects around the world. While Seoul, South Korea, is often spotlighted as a model "Sharing City," there are many others that have incredible sharing initiatives, including Berlin (Germany), Cape Town (South Africa), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). From tool libraries to car-sharing setups to projects linking dumpster divers with hungry vegetable lovers, these three cities have worked their way to the forefront of the global sharing ecosystem.

How BlaBlaCar is Revolutionizing the Way Carpooling Works Around the World

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:09:11 +0000

It started as a simple idea: Entrepreneur Frédéric Mazzella was trying to visit his parents home in the French countryside in 2003, but he was unable to buy a plane or train ticket. He decided to drive there instead with his sister, and noticed en route that most people were driving alone. Could there be a way to connect all those empty seats with people like himself, who needed a ride?