Serve Cold, with a Heated Licensing Discussion

This is the bi-monthly column by Berlin filmmaker Sam Muirhead documenting his attempt to live a completely open source life for one year starting August 1, 2012.

A few weeks ago I was thirstily on the hunt for open source beer – and I'm pleased to report that I've found one! Two, even.

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Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

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Can Trust Systems Build a New Economy From Ruin?

In 1956, Bill Fair and Earl Isaac created the credit scoring system popularly known as FICO, for Fair Isaac Corporation. Fair and Isaac’s automated scoring system enabled credit card issuers to safely extend consumer credit to the masses. Consumer credit reached global scale with the consolidation of numerous international issuers into VISA in 1975. In 1995, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began to require that mortgage lenders include FICO scores, cementing the metric’s authority.

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The Sharing Economy Back to School Survival Guide

Ahh, college, that moment when you're handed the controls to your future. Whether it's your first year or you're returning, it’s a time to meet new people and new responsibilities. Not to mention taking on that most enduring of college traditions, student debt.

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5 Burning Man Projects Changing the Real World

In its 26 years, the Burning Man arts festival has done more than just throw a big party in the desert: It has spawned a culture that extends far beyond the event's perimeter fence. At the center of this culture are what the Burning Man organization calls the Ten Principles – a list of concepts that define the most important elements of its philosophy. From Leave to Trace to Participation, Radical Self Reliance to Radical Inclusion, these principles are positive, actionable and easy to get behind.

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Pick Up and Play: a DIY Guide to Building Community Through Music

Apps like Spotify and Pandora boast about ‘the social listening experience’ and tout their music-sharing features. But community has always been fundamental to how we experience music. Music allows us to forge intuitive bonds in social groups, communicating emotions, stories, and essential information. From rousing sing-a-longs held around a fire to psalms sung in church and beyond, music has always brought people together, creating and strengthening tribes, a role that continues to this day.

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How to Rebuild the City as a Platform

UPDATE: We've summarized much of the series this article is part of in a new report, Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders. Get your free copy here today.

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Kicking off a Year of Open Source Everything

This is the inaugural post of a bi-monthly column by Berlin filmmaker Sam Muirhead documenting his attempt to live a completely open source life for one year starting August 1, 2012.

The phrase 'Open Source', to many people, means 'software you don't have to pay for' - but really it's so much more than that. It's a way of thinking and working focused on transparency and collaborating with others. It's about sharing ideas, plans, and developments for the benefit of the commons. And it's definitely not just software.

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Can Civic Crowdfunding Kickstart Urban Innovation?

Kickstarter has been very successful at funding art, music, and design projects that may have not been funded through traditional channels. But will civic crowdfunding—the direct funding of public projects by citizens—prove as successful?

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25 Ways to Enliven Your Neighborhood

The neighborhood is the basic building block of human civilization, whether in a big city, small town or suburban community. It’s also the place where you can have the most influence in making a better world.

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