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!)

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.

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?

The Visceral Neighborhood

My mother is a painter, and she has never owned a home. I was fourteen when our landlord, Mr. Andersen, died. My mother couldn't afford to buy the house, which Mr. Andersen had rented to her for next to nothing for over twenty years, even accepting art in place of rent on several occasions.

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Is Mobile Technology Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart? Two Views

Are mobile augmented reality technologies like Layar tearing us apart or pulling us together? Are they severing our connections to place or deepening those connections? The answer might be "yes."

I involuntarily love and admire the work of memoirist Richard Rodriquez, especially when I disagree with him. He has a beautiful, elliptical, elegiac essay in the November issue of Harper's magazine that is, naturally, available only in print. Sample passage:

Can the World's Worst Biking City Become the Best?

Boston is one of the world's worst cities for bicycling. I know; I used to live there.

But don't take my word for it. Bicycling magazine rated Boston worst in the America three times. In 1999--the year I moved away from the city--the International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) awarded Boston with the first ever "Hall of Shame Award" as the world's worst city in which to work as a professional bike messenger.



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