In coworking, freelancers and contractors share work space – and sometimes professional or philosophical affinities. On Tuesday morning, about twenty coworking managers, owners, and enthusiasts met for breakfast at Citizen Space to attend "The Current State of Coworking" – a discussion organized by Chris Heuer as part of Social Media Week, SF.
Off the Waffle in Eugene, Oregon is not your typical waffle house. You won’t find pads of butter, bottles of fake maple syrup, or sides of hash browns and eggs here.
The owners, brothers Omer and Dave Orian, are in their mid-twenties and usually sport matching red afros. They and their seven employees serve traditional Belgian Liège waffles made from yeast-leavened batter. They use pearled sugar imported from Belgium, which caramelizes through the waffles, making them crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Augmented reality allows our electronic devices to superimpose digital information on physical spaces. If that seems like a hard concept to get your head around, these two videos might help.
"If only drivers could see through walls, blind corners and other dangerous road junctions would be much safer," reports New Scientist. "Now an augmented reality system has been built that could just make that come true." Like so:
I stumbled across the photography of Mike Sinclair while researching images for a Shareable.net article on public spaces. After combing through dozens of pictures of Roman piazzas and English village greens, I was impressed by the vividly American quality of Sinclair's gathering places.
We've highlighted many examples of open office plans that try to encourage collaboration and democracy in the workplace, from an innovative office design in Utah to the open plan of Menlo Communications in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Shareabe.net reader Annemarie Harris writes to tell us about yet another exciting open source office in Michigan:
Earlier today, I discussed research about how designing cities without walls between racial groups can help breed tolerance. But what about the media?
As the magazine Miller-McCune reports, a new study from the USC Center for Public Diplomacy finds that "viewers worldwide turn to particular broadcasters to affirm — rather than inform — their opinions."
In this nine-minute TED video, Nate Silver (primary author of the blog FiveThirtyEight) explores racial attitudes in the 2008 elections.
His conclusion: Along with education levels, population density and neighborhood design were the most important factors predicting whether anti-black bias influenced a voter in 2008.
"Yes," he says, "racism is predictable."
Time exchanges have been around for over a 100 years, presumably much longer in various forms, many undocumented.
During the last two great depressions in the US, hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of people organized to meet their basic needs when the mainstream economy and centralized monetary system failed them. Unemployed poor folks got together to create time dollar stores, cooperative mills, farms, healthcare systems, foundries, repair and recycling facilities, distribution warehouses, health care systems, and a myriad of other service exchanges.
As reported by Twilight Greenaway: A University of San Francisco professor assigns her students to increase the sustainability of a corner store called the Save More Market in the city's diverse, low-income Western Addition neighborhood. Their nifty suggestion: