The Future of Coworking is Free and Augmented

Sign into the online Seats2meet interface, list your skills and talents, take a seat in one of the 61 physical spaces at the reserved time, connect with a network of hundreds of by-chance coworkers doing the same as you, then sign out at the end of your reserved time.

In a James Bond kind of a way, it's like you never came at all. Except for the magic that may have happened in that window of time. Like maybe you found an editor for your book, or a designer for your latest project, or picked up a much-needed freelance gig.

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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Without Money

To most, the thought of living without money seems impossible, if not altogether terrifying. But a small and growing population of citizens all over the globe are choosing to live that way.

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Collaborative Consumption is Overrated

Don't get me wrong, I like collaborative consumption. I think Airbnb makes the world a more interesting place, allowing people have more authentic travel experiences. I love TaskRabbit. I use it all the time for errands.

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Bringing People Together with Benches

Jeppe Hein, a Danish artist known for creating experiential art, has put an interesting twist on park benches by populating the town of De Haan in Belgium with his eye-catching “modified social benches.” The benches, which range from the super-comfy-looking to the seemingly unsittable, are intended to bring people together in unexpected ways and make them more aware of their surroundings.

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My Year of Coworking

Just another day of coworking at Cruzioworks in Santa Cruz, California.

From the kitchen table to a shared office space: My Year of Coworking follows a freelance writer through her 2013 transition into the more hopeful frontier of coworking.

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Walking from Norway to Africa without Money or a Passport

Ibby Okinyi walks and blogs about his voyage through Europe to Africa, surviving on dumpster surplus, wild edibles, and the kindness of strangers he meets along the way.

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Can Local Currencies be the Foundation for the Sharing Economy?

A relatively new financial tool is emerging that could greatly strengthen the sharing movement. The tool is local currencies, which are popping up in cities across the globe. The Boston Bean is one of the newest U.S. examples. The local currency in Bristol, U.K., can even be used to pay local business taxes.

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How a Gift Economy Powers Education in Rural Nepal

In recent months, I have worked a lot with currencies, as I’m involved with Dropis, a team of developers, researchers, and designers dedicated to creating a currency for the sharing economy. So, when I came across “Love is our Currency,” a TEDx talk by Manjil Rana, cofounder and president of Maya Universe Academy, my curiosity was piqued:

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Nine Fine Notions from Resilient Communities

Over at the Resilient Communities blog, there is always something cool going on. Not only do they discuss problems, they also offer solutions with an eye toward sustainability and, well, resilience. Here's a round up of nine pretty fantastic ideas offered up in 2012... and some of them may surprise you!

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