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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How to Start a Nature Group for City Kids

San Francisco families started a group to explore the lifecycles of bees and butterflies and to introduce their kids to basic ecological concepts. Here's how they did it.

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Will Green Consumption & Sharing Lead to Deeper Change?

I had an inspiring conversation with Nadine Weil of Heart of Green and Ecofabulous at Bioneers last weekend. I know Nadine from serving together on the board of Forest Ethics, though we don’t know each other much outside of that. Our encounter at Bioneers was by chance. I expected a friendly hello but got something completely unexpecte

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Shareable's Editorial Strategy: What Do You Think?

Shareable.net has an editorial strategy---and we want to know what you think of it. Is there anything we've missed? Is there anything here that just seems redundant with what's already out there on the web? Leave a comment and help take Shareable to the next level.

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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:

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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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How to Find Jobs through Social Media

Many of us are immature when it comes to using social media. You’ll find the political set making blunders and fugitives exposing themselves. I’ve met preeminent scientists and Harvard professors who are terrified by Twitter, and self-proclaimed networkers who only have 5 contacts on LinkedIn. 

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Pay It Forward Cafe

Have you ever paid it forward or been the recipient of something that has been paid forward?  If not, this is your chance to experience both at the same time, at least if you're ever in Kashiwa, Japan.  At the Ogori Cafe atop the Urban Design Center Kashiwa, you're served what the customer before you ordered.  And the next person in line gets what you order. Here's the rules of the cafe:

1. Let's treat the next person. What to treat them with? It's your choice.

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How to Share a Vegetable Garden

Today, we start a new regular feature, "Everyday Sharing Solutions," by Janelle Orsi with Emily Doskow, attorneys who are co-authors of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Build Community. Do you have a question about how to share something in your life? Please send it to jeremy (at) shareable.net.

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