Blog: Neal Gorenflo
Blogs have been a twitter about Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article last week slamming those who believe social media can revolutionize activism. The article compares the high risk activism of the civil rights movement with Twitter’s role in the Iranian elections concluding that, “the revolution will not be tweeted.”
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1871 into law today enabling Californians to share cars in carsharing pools without invalidating their insurance policies. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2011.
Currently, Californians can't exchange money for sharing cars without invalidating their car insurance.
On September 23rd, the Community Organizing Resource Exchange (CORE) conference will launch their movement to bring authentic community to neighborhoods, cities, civil society, social enterprises, and beyond.
CORE is convening leading community practitioners like Mark Lakeman of City Repair, R. Scott Spann of Innate Strategies, and Jono Bacon of the Ubuntu Community for a unique cross-sector exchange of ideas, tools, and best practices for community building.
German car maker Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) announced plans Tuesday to launch a ridesharing pilot called car2gether in Ulm, Germany. Gigaom referred to the pilot as "the Twitter of ride sharing" because of the Twitter-like stream of ride updates the system will generate to help web and mobile users find and give rides.
This month Shareable is partnering with Heartland Circle to produce the September 17th Thought Leader Gathering at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The theme will be The Next Economy: Imagining a Law of Interdependence. As the “conversation starter”, I will join conveners Craig & Patricia Neal of Heartland and the Thought Leader Gathering (TLG) community for a unique Council Process experience.
Rachel Botsman, Shareable contributor and co-author of the soon to be released book What's Mine is Yours:The Rise of Collaborative Consumption was mentioned in a NYTimes article on sharing over the weekend. She also release the below video which nicely illustrates the shift to a peer-to-peer lifestyle.
This is just in from Assemblymember Dave Jones' office in Sacramento. Passage of bill now depends on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval or veto. Decision due before September 30th.
Dave Jones’ first-in-the-nation carsharing insurance bill passes Californialegislature, awaits Governor’s signature or veto
Individuals could share their vehicles in carsharing fleets without risking their auto insurance
The straddling bus - or the dragon bus as I'm renaming it - certainly solves some transportation problems as they're framed and makes better use of existing infrastructure. However, this is no human scale, small-planet solution. While less expensive than subways, cities designed for biking and walking would be vastly cheaper and more green than sprawling cities made more accessible by exotic public transportation fixes.
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing. As a former market researcher, stock analyst, and Fortune 500 strategist, Neal is perhaps an unlikely voice for sharing. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good.