Shareable.net has been live for exactly one month. We're still in beta, and over the next two months we'll be evolving.
We've learned a lot about what our readers like and what kinds of content provoke the most reaction, and we'll be providing more of that. We'll also be building an open blogging community so that anyone can blog at Shareable.
In the meantime, I thought I'd take a moment I highlight the most popular and most commented upon essays and articles that have appeared in Shareable's first month of existence:
- "Four Degrees of Sharing," by Janelle Orsi provides a great overview of where Shareable is coming from.
- In "Green Metropolis," I talk with author and New Yorker contributor David Owen about why New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles are more environmentally sustainable than rural Vermont or the Connecticut suburbs. (And in "What's Your Carbon Footprint?" I talk with tourists at the California Academy of Sciences about the impact of its climate change exhibition.)
- "What is a Shareable City?" by Chris Carlsson, explores what happens when people take control of their streets.
- We're providing ongoing coverage of Boston's efforts to become more bike-friendly–and learning lessons that can be applied in any city.
- "The Shareable Feast" by Jen Angel explores how a circle of Oakland friends formed a cooking club. This is a nice little DIY piece, and Jen's photos are terrific. (Like DIY food? You might also check out Karen Solomon's first "foods we share" column.)
- In "How to Share a Car," (which we broke into two parts) Berkeley mom Jill Suttie explores how she can junk her private-car lifestyle and develop one that is more shareable. This is a great piece to read if you feel guilty about driving everywhere in a private car.
- In "Gen Y vs. the Hierarchical Son of a Bitch," (also first in a series) Liz Kofman and Astri Von Arban Ahlander talk about why their generation hates the top-down workplace–and they explore the alternatives. (And in "Generation Open," Chris Messina calls on Gen Y to remake society in the image of open source.)
- Finally, the title of Neal Gorenflo's "What I Learned about Evolution at Burning Man," pretty much says it all.
Stay tuned: In the next month, we'll be exploring how the fall of the auto industry has made Detroit's culture, economy, and natural and built environments more shareable; interviewing Zipcar founder Robin Chase about new frontiers in sharing; explaining how young couples can prepare for equally shared parenthood; and learning how to start your own neighborhood farmers' market; and more.
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