Blog: Beth Buczynski
With 673,000 members sharing a fleet of 8,900 vehicles, Zipcar has quickly grown to be one of the largest car sharing networks in the world. But owning and maintaining this vast collection of vehicles is expensive, and can act as a roadblock to growth. That may be why Zipcar recently hinted at plans to explore the peer-to-peer model of car sharing.
Coworking spaces are environments in which mobile professionals can make connections and collaborate on creative projects. Studies confirm that shared workspaces increase worker productivity and happiness, and benefit the surrounding community as well.
But are completed to-do lists and well-supported freelancers the only ways coworking can impact the workforce, and thereby the larger economy? We think not.
Upcycling is a great idea that can have very useful and beautiful results. There are thousands of crafters and artists who make a living turning what we would consider used up junk into valuable household items or pieces of art.
Connecting those wondering what to do with their trash with those who look at that "trash" as a valuable resource is just one of the goals of a Kickstarter campaign that launched today.
Mainstream media is taking a lot more notice of the sharing economy lately (see recent ABC interview with Shareable's publisher Neal Gorenflo), and true to form they want the hard facts on how big sharing really is.
In a society obsessed with money and posessions, it's no surprise that a common question from reporters is "how much is the industry worth?"
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure dealt a damaging blow to successful bike and pedestrian programs across the country on Thursday.
Despite statistics that show such programs are helping to make cities safer, less congested, and more pedestrian-friendly, the Committee voted against the Petri-Johnson-Lipinski amendment which would have extended funding for Safe Routes to Schools and Transportation Enhancements. The amendment lost by a narrow 29 -27 vote.
Coworking spaces provide mobile workers with a laptop-friendly place to network and collaborate. Many coworkers view their local coworking spaces as a refuge from the distractions of a home office or the cramped conditions of a coffee shop.
But traveling, a common requirement for remote and freelance professionals, presents a unique problem for coworking regulars. Not only can it be arduous to locate a coworking space in a new city, but drop-in fees can be an unwelcome expense.
Coworking represents the future of work, and city governments are entrenched in the past. Despite their differences, the two often have similar goals for the larger community, and can sometimes benefit from collaboration.
NextSpace, a family of coworking spaces sprinkled throughout California, has had lots of positive experience working with local governments, but they did have a bit of an unfair advantage.
Need new clothes, but can't afford them? Pining for a new book, but can't justify the expense when there are dozens gathering dust in your living room? Want to plant a garden this year, but aren't sure if you've got the capital for seeds?
Don't worry: swapping is the new shopping, and Saturday January 21st is World Swap Day!
A recent study by Brides Magazine found that most American couples get engaged during the month of December. That means lot of men and women out there are in the beginning stages of wedding planning...and the intermediate stages of realizing that weddings can be a very costly affair.
Car sharing, one of the most quickly growing forms of collaborative consumption, is often hailed as a way to enjoy access to a car when you need one, without the cost and inconvenience of owning one when you don't.