Blog: Beth Buczynski
Do you love your neighborhood? Or do you dream about moving away?
Every year around this time, society suddenly becomes very concerned about the environment. Three hundred and sixty-four days out of the year, we buy, build, consume, and pollute without a second thought. But when Earth Day rolls around, everyone wants to show how much they care about the planet.
A new study found that the average American drove 6 percent fewer miles in 2011 than 2004. This finding confirms a slow decline in car travel that began at the turn of the century, and according to the research, young people are responsible.
Imagine this: a friend borrows your car, and is involved in an accident. No one is hurt, but the vehicle is badly damaged and the other driver fled the scene. Normally this would be an insurance nightmare, but for Emily Castor, a San Francisco, California resident who regularly rents out her vehicle through Getaround’s peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing service, it was practically a non-issue.
Despite torrential rain and blustery winds, Saturday shaped up to be an invigorating second day here at SxSWi 2012. Some of the most interesting panel discussions at the Festival are those that present unique ideas for how our current social and economic problems can actually serve as catalysts for positive change.
We talk all the time about how technology can improve our lives and facilitate richer communication between people who might otherwise have never met or had a conversation. But can you honestly say that these devices and online tools intentionally add happiness to your life? During the first day of SxSWi, I met the creators of three social networks that think the answer should be 'yes.'
This year's Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC or "juicy," for short) started off strong with a Coworking State of the Union panel discussion. After the panel finished, attendees were treated to the debut of a new video meant to help coworkers and coworking space owners explain the movement to those curious to know more.
Coworking spaces provide a supportive community for mobile professionals who enjoy working in the company of like-minded independents. But for those lucky enough to work in a city that offers more than a couple of coworking options, it can be difficult (and costly) to decide which one is right for their work style and personality.