Unhappy Hipsters

I like Dwell magazine; it's what I buy in airports, where the cool, rigorous solitude of the photo spreads seems to suit the terminal mood. But when I was pondering the editorial tone of Shareable.net, I realized that I wanted our features to represent the exact opposite of Dwell's sensibility.

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"Why Are You Taking a Picture Here?"

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.

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Building "We Space" in Michigan

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:

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New Study: Can Media Change Minds?

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." 

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How to Design Cities to Counter Racism

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."

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How to Share Time Through Timebanking

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.

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Corner store CSA

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:

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How Nonprofits Can Share Down Their Costs (Part II)

In part one of this piece, I discuss the various ways that nonprofit organizations can benefit from sharing relationships with each other and with their supporters. But how can we foster a sharing revolution among nonprofits? My suggestions:

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Would You Pay for the New York Times?

Until recently, The New York Times shared virtually all of its content for free, in a program called TimesSelect. That's about to change, as The Times switches to a "metered" model of charging its most frequent readers:

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