5 Ways My Son Benefits from a Carfree Life

I was at the playground talking with some moms.

"I could never ride the bus!" said one. "They're so dirty and crowded."

"Taking the bus with a baby?" sniffed another. "That's just child abuse!"

I hate to think what they would have said about my family, had they known our terrible secret: On the second day of my son's life, we took him on a bus to see his doctor.

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How to Be a Carfree Family

Tired of paying car insurance, sitting in traffic jams, and guzzling too much gas? Do you never want to dig your car out of another snowstorm?

Perhaps your family already cut down from two cars to one, but taking the carfree step seems impossible. Maybe you loved your carfree life back before you had kids, and every time you wrestle the kids into their carseats or take the car to the shop you pine for the old days.

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How to Drive Your Car with an iPhone

From Waterloo Labs, "DIY projects deep in the heart of Texas." This video's relevance to Shareable.net's editorial mission is debatable, but there are several shareable things I love about it: 1) the obvious joy these guys take in collaboration; 2) the subversive way they hack the car, an iPhone, and numerous other devices to make unrelated machines talk to each other; and 3) their use of YouTube to spread the word and encourage other people to "try this at home." Bottom line: This is kewl. 

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Our Best Future: A Q&A with Robin Chase

This year, Time magazine named Zipcar co-founder and transportation consultant Robin Chase as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Credit: Tanit Sakakini, Time magazine.
This year, Time magazine named Zipcar co-founder and transportation consultant Robin Chase as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Credit: Tanit Sakakini, Time magazine.
When Robin Chase co-founded Zipcar in 2000 using German and Swiss carsharing companies as models, many observers said that sharing cars would never take off in America. Chase and her partners proved them wrong: within two years, the company had expanded from Cambridge, MA (where Chase still lives with her husband and three children) to Washington, DC, and New York City.

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Join the Open University Campaign

A lot of cool things get started in dorms, and this is no exception.  Students for Free Culture (SFC) just launched their Open University Campaign. SFC defines an open university as one in which:

1. The research produced is open access;

2. The course materials are open educational resources;

3. The university embraces free software and open standards;

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Open Pay: A P2P Solution to Income Inequality

Sharing is coming to a purse or wallet near you soon, and not to ask for a donation. Silicon Valley startup Openyear is building its first product, Open Pay, which will enable you to share your pay with those that influence you. I lunched with Openyear CEO Joe Hentz Friday to learn about this service, which is a few months away from launch. (Sign up for the beta launch here!)

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The Economic Revolution Is Already Happening: A Q&A with Gar Alperovitz

America is in the midst of a new revolution. But this revolution is quiet, incremental, nonviolent, and traveling beneath the mainstream media's radar.

The new American revolution challenges the current notions of dog-eat-dog capitalism—through the building of a parallel economic system that shares, cooperates, empowers, and benefits fellow workers and community members.

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Detroit, New Frontier

Detroit has become a byword for extreme urban contraction.
 
Yet as the population, industry, and built environment of the city of Detroit have collapsed, Detroit’s urban footprint has continued to expand. In Detroit, even the dead are sprawling, as families disinter bodies from urban cemeteries to rebury them in the suburbs. Is there any greater sign of both the physical and psychological abandonment of the city?
 
 

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