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How Two Women Followed Their Passions and Became "Green Bag Ladies"

How Two Women Followed Their Passions and Became "Green Bag Ladies" | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Since the founding of this nonprofit group in 2008, volunteer “bagettes” have cut, sewn, and given away more than 46,000 reusable cloth shopping bags.

 

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Renewing a Vision for Rural Prosperity

Renewing a Vision for Rural Prosperity | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Mary Berry, Wendell Berry’s daughter, and food policy advocate Debbie Barker show how the Burley Tobacco Growers Co-operative offers a model for rebuilding farmers’ livelihoods—and rural communities—in Kentucky and beyond.
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Residential zoning for peer-to-peer rental of parking spaces, storage areas, and gardens

Residential zoning for peer-to-peer rental of parking spaces, storage areas, and gardens | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
The Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough of Montréal, Canada, modified its by-laws to allow its residents and property owners to earn money for the use of their parking spaces by other individuals. The by-laws regulate peer-to-peer rental of driveways for parking, as well as homes and garages for storage, and yards for gardening. Previous restrictions prohibited such commercial activities in residential areas. The new regulations optimize the use of existing, privately-owned spaces through shared use.
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Public Trust Reboot: Unleashing the Millennial Civic Spirit

Public Trust Reboot: Unleashing the Millennial Civic Spirit | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Why millennials’ values and ethos make them uniquely poised to close America’s civic leadership gap, and how to tap into their civic spirit.
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Holochain – The commons engine for cooperation at scale

Holochain – The commons engine for cooperation at scale | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Holochain plans to build a “Commons engine” to help provide co-ops with the tools they need to communicate, coordinate and cooperate at scale.
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CrowdLaw: Transparency and Participation

CrowdLaw: Transparency and Participation | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
In this session on ‘Transparency and Participation’ at the conference on Crowdlaw: People-Led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking, we discussed whether participation depended on more transparency and whether transparency could be counter-productive to more engagement.
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Sustainable cities need more than parks, cafes and a riverwalk. They need equity, too

Sustainable cities need more than parks, cafes and a riverwalk. They need equity, too | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable?
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Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it

It could help close the gap between the ultrawealthy and everyone else.   The Harvard Business Review is supporting development of work co-ops!

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How Taiwan's online democracy may show future of humans and machines

How Taiwan's online democracy may show future of humans and machines | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Shuyang Lin at the Sydney Morning Herald: “Taiwanese citizens have spent the past 30 years prototyping future democracy since the lift of martial law in 1987. Public participation in Taiwan has been developed in several formats, from face-to-face to deliberation over the internet. This trajectory coincides with the advancement of technology, and as new tools arrived, …
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How the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is pioneering a model for equitable housing

How the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is pioneering a model for equitable housing | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is an impressive burgeoning commons legal institution that's aimed at the decommodification of housing. It is pioneering a new legal institution for how we can own homes more equitably, collaboratively, and in such a way that they're permanently off the speculative market.
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Rejecting the fastest result to achieve the best result

Rejecting the fastest result to achieve the best result | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Jim Whitehurst shares a valuable lesson he's learned while leading an open organization: The quickest result isn't always the best one.
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The Job-Creating Infrastructure Every Community Needs

The Job-Creating Infrastructure Every Community Needs | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Startups are where most jobs come from. There's a lot that can be done to connect, support and empower entrepreneurs.
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Ethiopia: Women Run Co-Ops, UN Collaboration Yields Good Harvest, Rural Savings | News | teleSUR English

Ethiopia: Women Run Co-Ops, UN Collaboration Yields Good Harvest, Rural Savings | News | teleSUR English | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it

The UN Women Representative for Ethiopia, Letty Chiwara, said women-run agricultural co-ops are vital to sustainable farming practices.

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Meet 'supersharer' Anju Ishiyama in Tokyo, Japan

Meet 'supersharer' Anju Ishiyama in Tokyo, Japan | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens — basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other.
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Could Hybrid Forms of Worker Ownership Shape the Economy of the Future?

Could Hybrid Forms of Worker Ownership Shape the Economy of the Future? | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Two key trends that are promoting the growth of employee ownership in the United States are increased financing availability and moves to develop “hybrid” forms of employee ownership that combine structural flexibility with democratic practices.
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SolidFund: Supporting Worker Cooperatives

SolidFund: Supporting Worker Cooperatives | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
SolidFund is a (relatively) new initiative designed to support the creation and sustainability of worker cooperatives. Members pay at least £1.00 per week and the resulting funds go into a common pool – a solidarity fund – which is used to support cooperatives around the UK. The fund currently has over £74,000 at its disposal.... Continue reading →
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Five Possible Blockchain Futures

Five Possible Blockchain Futures | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
The builders of blockchain technology emerged from the self-identified cypherpunk movement of cryptologists and coders
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Work of Art –

Ancient societies took it for granted that skills would be handed down from generation to generation. Developing one’s talent as an artist or a craftsman depended on understanding and following the…   Really interesting!  We may be shifting to a human sized economy?

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Decision-Making, the Direction of Change, and the Governance of Complex, Large-Scale Settlement Systems

Decision-Making, the Direction of Change, and the Governance of Complex, Large-Scale Settlement Systems | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
In this chapter, Bowen and Gleeson argue that the evolutionary processes by which human settlements have evolved through countless experiments throughout millennia are the most likely path
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Commons-based legal institutions for affordable housing

Commons-based legal institutions for affordable housing | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
For the next few posts in the new Shareable series on "Law: The Invisible Architecture of the Commons," I will focus on concrete examples of how citizens are building commons-based legal institutions that improve access to affordable housing. In this piece, I'll compare the structures of three central types of commons legal institutions:
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How women in Zimbabwe overcame a culture of fear to build a culture of resistance

How women in Zimbabwe overcame a culture of fear to build a culture of resistance | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Because the number of participants is important for peaceful protest, we decided to build a mass movement and invented a democratic structure that could mobilize numbers through a shared leadership model. We wanted to make sure we remained grounded in our constituency. We also wanted to make sure that we could stand on the center white line on the “highway” of Zimbabwean political life, opening a space for these issues and drawing the attention of fellow citizens who had grown accustomed to our highly polarized society.
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Announcing New Streets as Places Action Pack: Tools to Take Street Design to the Next Level

Announcing New Streets as Places Action Pack: Tools to Take Street Design to the Next Level | Economic & Social Networks - Networked Economy | Scoop.it
Are you looking to create better streets in your neighborhood or community? Have you gotten discouraged by bureaucratic red tape or simple lack of communication? Or, are you passionate about great streets but struggling to get neighbors or city officials to share your enthusiasm or vision for people-centered public spaces?
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