How to Plant a Habitat Garden at the Local Playground

I've described how our circle of San Francisco families have launched a number of neighborhood projects--and in the Shareable article "Urban Butterflies," my pal Olivia Boler describes how started we started a group to explore the lifecycles of bees and butterflies and to introduce our kids to basic ecological concepts. 

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How Nonprofits Can Share Down Their Costs (Part I)

Q: What are ways that nonprofit organizations can benefit from sharing… without losing autonomy?

Recently, I picked up a flyer for a theater company requesting a unique kind of donation: storage space. The theater sought homeowners in a densely populated area of San Francisco (where storage space costs a pretty penny), and asked people to lend their closet or garage space for storage of costumes, sets, and props.

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Big Love's Curiously Communal Appeal

When Big Love premiered on HBO three seasons ago, many critics found it hard to believe that a show about polygamy could avoid the sensationalism and prurience often associated with discussions of Mormon fundamentalism, but that’s what the creators promised.

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How to Be Open with Financial Information

Q: How open should a company be with financial information? Should they even be open about salaries and if so, why?

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MIT Reinvents the Wheel

The conventional wisdom is that you shouldn't reinvent the wheel. Leave it to MIT to do just that, and make it worthwhile. MIT's SENSABLE City Lab unvieled their Copenhagen Wheel at COP15 last month to great fanfare. And for good reason. The rear bicycle wheel can turn your ride into an electric hybrid powered by regenerative braking, and with the use of a smartphone, a personal trainer and trip information assistant. 

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How to Start a Farmers' Market

I stroll down the aisle and sniff the basil carried on the air from the next stand over.

The sun is warm on my head, and there are children running about at my feet. They are not mine, but I know them all. The person shopping ahead of me for cippolini onions is a neighbor I haven’t seen in months. In five minutes, we’ve caught up on everything going on in both our lives. Shoppers swirl around us, a vendor offers us a slice of melon, and that smell of basil mixes with a strong scent of huevos on an open-air grill.

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The Shareable B-Flat

I discovered this beautiful project via Good magazine: In Bb 2.0 is "a collaborative spoken-word and music mosaic that sees a grid of 20 YouTube players on a single page. You can play them all at once or one at a time, or in any combination, in any order." You don't just passively listen; you actually play the page. The artists collaborated to produce In Bb 2.0, and you collaborate with them. Try it.

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The Milky Way Transit Authority

 A truly awesome idea, from Harvard postdoctoral fellow Samuel Arbestman:

Urban transit maps are wonderful tools: they are guides to traveling, they serve as mechanisms for distilling and abstracting a city down to a set of linkages and interconnections, and they are beautiful. The first 'modern' subway map is London's Tube Map, designed by Harry Beck. Since then, many cities have based their transit system map designs on its spare and elegant layout, such as Boston, New York, and Amsterdam.

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Pavement to Parks

Absolutely fascinating DIY video (from the New Urbanism series) about neighbors in San Francisco turning a parking lot into a public park. I especially admire the creativity and shareable vision that stands behind the park's specific features:

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