Would You Share Your Car with a Stranger?

When his car died in 2007, Shelby Clark put off purchasing a replacement. He spent time researching his options and looking for a good deal. In the interval, he signed up for the car-sharing service Zipcar and began taking more public transportation. A year passed and, as it happened, he never got around to owning another vehicle.

At the time, Clark was working as Director of Kiva.org in San Francisco. In 2008, he moved to Cambridge, now a dedicated Zipcar member, and began his MBA at Harvard Business School.

What Core Services Must a Resilient Community Have?

As a cohost of Design 4 Resilience, I've been thinking about the relationship of resilience and sharing recently. Shareable co-founder Will Watman sent me a link recently for World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farms, which offers volunteer opportunities on, you guessed it, organic farms. This raised the question in the title of this post. Healthy food is a core community service, so my quick answer to the question was the following:

Cooperatives 2.0: Santa Cruz's Computer Kitchen

As Abby Quillen recently covered on Shareable, co-ops have proven to be a successful model for communities of bicyclists around the nation who wish to pool their skills and resources. Equally intriguing is a new type of community co-operative, taking inspiration from the bike model, devoted to sharing computer repair skills and empowering users of all skill levels to fix and get the most out of their systems.

Health Care as Commons

Health care reform has passed, bringing America into the twenty-first century and extending coverage to tens of millions of Americans. In general, we at Shareable.net prefer to see decentralized, cooperative, peer-to-peer solutions to social problems--such as, in this case, a revival of the free clinic movement of the 1960s and 70s.

DIY University: A Q&A with Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz covers technology, innovation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine and she is the author of Generation Debt: How Our Future Was Sold Out for Student Loans, Bad Jobs, NoBenefits, and Tax Cuts for Rich Geezers--And How to Fight Back

Imagine a Minimalist Reality

For the last six months I've been involved in an interesting experiment: what if I lived with less than 100 things and started to live and work from anywhere?

In August of 2009, I quit my job and jumped on a plane to Portland Oregon with all of my stuff (less than 100 things) on my back in order to figure out if my dream was possible.

The surprising truth is, it's a lot easier to live your life when you give up the stuff addiction.

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