This Week in Sharing: Ride-sharing, Open Source, and Big Trends

Sharing continues to make major inroads into the mainstream. Huge leaps forward came in 2012 with so much more ahead this year. Check out the latest.

From Radar O'Reilly Media:

Big, Open and More Networked Than Ever: 10 Trends from 2012: In 2012, technology-accelerated change around the world was accelerated by the wave of social media, data and mobile devices. In this year in review, I look back at some of the stories that mattered here at Radar and look ahead to what’s in store for 2013.

14 Big Trends to Watch in 2013: 2012 was a remarkable year for technology, government and society. In my 2012 year in review, I looked back at 10 trends that mattered. Below, I look ahead to the big ideas and technologies that will change the world, again.

From Streetsblog

NYC DOT Prepares for 12,000 Parking Meter-to-Bike Rack ConversionsThe Post reported some good news this morning: NYC DOT has contracted with Louis Barbato Landscaping to make 12,000 bike racks that can be affixed to defunct single-space parking meter poles.  A few years ago, when DOT started phasing out single-space meters en masse and replacing them with Muni meters, it seemed like there was no plan to replace these de facto bike parking spaces. But since DOT has been quick on its feet to repurpose the old meters, thousands of them are going to be upgraded into bike racks.

From OpenSource:

Want to understand open source? Live with its developers: Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist at McGill University, recognizes that this kind of detached reading can only provide a superficial understanding of what makes FOSS tick. So she spent three years living and working with FOSS programmers—or hackers, as they prefer to be called. Coleman documents her experiences in Coding Freedom, a new book that explores the values motivating FOSS development and illuminates ways in which FOSS challenges (and in some cases radically reconfigures) many of our assumptions about speech, property, labor, organizing, and governance.

A Look Back at Open Source Creative Tools in 2012: For all of you free and open source creative tool fans out there, plenty of exciting developments happened over the past year — and there's some pretty awesome new things in the pipeline for 2013 as well! Here's a sampling of the good news.

MakerPlane: Open Source Takes Flight in Aviation: I spoke with John Nicol at MakerPlane about their passionate team of contributors from all over the world who are designing and building a full-sized two seat Light Sport Aircraft. Their mission is to "create innovative and game-changing aircraft, avionics and related systems and the transformational manufacturing processes to build them."

From The Next Web:

Six Ways to Monetize a User-Based Business Model: How do you monetize a unique business model based on users rather than selling an actual product? We asked members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council for their thoughts.

SideCar to Bring Its Ride-sharing Service to 16 US cities, including LA, NYC, Chicago, Austin, Miami: Ride-sharing service SideCar is seeking to recruit city managers to help manage its eventual expansion to new cities around the United States. On its roadmap, the company is seeking to set a foothold in 16 new cities, with plans to open up shop in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angles, and others.

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