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Escaping poverty through low end globalisation?

Escaping poverty through low end globalisation? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

This photograph is taken in Guangzhou (the city once known as Canton) at a wholesale clothing market. Most of the people in the market are not from Guangzhou. The market traders are a mix of people from China and from a number of different nations in Africa. The customers are primarily Africans.  It is an international place, drawing all toward a common goal:  to escape poverty through the international circulation of cell phones and clothing.   

 

Most of those Africans in Guangzhou are working in businesses that facilitate the export of goods back to Africa.  Gordon Matthews in his book Ghetto at the centre of the world tells us that Africans go through stages of engagement in the process of becoming a trader with China. The easiest point of access is via Hong Kong and in particular through a single building: Chung King Mansions. The traders come to Hong Kong with money that they have scraped together from friends and family seeking out those with experience. In Hong Kong, they will either buy from local wholesalers, which is a more expensive but potentially less risky option, and ship the good back or taken home as part of their luggage.  Those who are more connected or willing to take bigger risks may find  a guide who will take them to Shenzhen or, even better, Guangzhou to buy from wholesalers directly. Goods will then be shipped as in the photograph above or again carried home as luggage. Those who successfully manage the first trip, and are able to get their goods home, then survive economically to return again. Many do not.

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Airbnb Adds 'Experience' As a Rental Filter Choice

Airbnb Adds 'Experience' As a Rental Filter Choice | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Airbnb Neighborhoods allows users to sort vacation rentals by filters like "Trendy," "Great Transit" and "Artsy" in seven cities.

The filter tool is in step with the company’s strategy, said Brian Chesky, co-founder and chief executive. “Airbnb is changing the way people travel. Now you can ask yourself what kind of experience do I want to have rather than say where should I go.”
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Airbnb Neighborhoods is beginning to apply folksonomic filters to help users better identify and define the kind of "experience" they are looking for in the city.  Worth keeping an eye on trends involving the particpatory curation of cities.

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Restaurant Lets Patrons Pay For Meal With Fruits And Vegetables

Restaurant Lets Patrons Pay For Meal With Fruits And Vegetables | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Reports of a restaurant in Italy that allows its patrons to pay with fruits and vegetables have us wanting to plant a garden in our backyard.

 

Why not get this started in the USA & elsewhere? Go talk with your favorite healthy restaurants!


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Mimiboard. The Virtual Noticeboard. Empowering Local Communities

South Africa-based Umuntu Media, as part of a mission to help communities create and find useful content, decided to bring the news board online.

 

Mimiboard marks an evolution of the way local information can be shared. It is simply the digital manifestation of a time-trusted product many Africans can relate to. At the same time, Mimiboard is not just a traditional news portal. It allows for mobile sharing and provides a great user experience – something previous online forums have failed to accomplish.

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Meet The Hyper-Connected Phone Booth Of the Future

Meet The Hyper-Connected Phone Booth Of the Future | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

In cities all over the world, old phone booths are sitting around, not doing much of anything. What are the possibilities for adaptive reuse for such outdated infrastructure? In Japan, we’ve seen the Kingyobu collective’s answer in the form of old phone booths transformed into giant goldfish aquariums. Now, in New York City, a company called City24x7 is making strides in making the phone booth relevant as an information portal, even for those who’ve got a fully charged cell phone in their back pocket. (...)


These facilities offer passersby promotions from local merchants, warnings of local environmental hazards, and conveniently enough, double as WiFi hot spots.  (...)


The aim is nothing less than to use technology and new social media to “inform, project, and revitalize cities,” according to City24x7 CEO Tom Touchet, who recently presented his company’s smart screen tech at the Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

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‘Cropswap’ website takes barter between home gardeners online

‘Cropswap’ website takes barter between home gardeners online | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

What do you do when you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or lettuce? Or flower bulbs that have multiplied like rabbits? Many people give their extras away. And in the down economy, more and more hobby gardeners are trading their bounty at swap meets.


In this deal, no cash is exchanged – just the eggs and plants these two urbanites produced at their homes in Kent and Seattle.


Sparky Glass says in the past, he’s sold his eggs to friends and used the income to help pay for the upkeep of his chickens.


But this season, he’s also accepted lemon cucumbers from a lady in Tacoma for his eggs. All this thanks to the Cropswap website.


He says once he found the Cropswap website on the Internet, he got hooked right away....


via — City Farmer News


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