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.

How to Share a Car (Part I)

Ever since my husband traded in his Saab sedan for a Toyota Prius in 2005, I’ve been wondering if I should do the same with my Volvo station wagon.

The car is only eight years old with less than 100,000 miles on it, but it gets half the gas mileage of the Prius and is more car than I need for most everyday driving. With global warming and rising gas prices, getting rid of it seems to be the smart and ethical thing to do.

How Gen Y Will Flatten the World

In our September 15 entry here at Shareable, we talked about why members of Generation Y—people born after 1980, who have only recently launched their careers—prefer workplaces that are collaborative, non-hierarchical, and networked.

Lots of people do, of course. When we talk to people about the drawbacks of vertical hierarchies—the stifling of creativity, the unhappiness of workers, and the vacuums of communication, etc.—most listeners, young and old, nod their heads.



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