Crowdfunding the Commons: Interview

We are reinventing social and cultural practices. By necessity and desire. New ways of collaborating require, not the least, new ways of organizing financial means. In the cultural sector, commercial models based on copyrights (selling copies) and government funded models (subsidies) are in crisis and are increasingly inadequate or politically unsustainable.

Tell Your Story of Sharing & Catalyze the Movement

Team Shareable has been toiling away in our sharing skunkworks for months working out how to launch our new book, Share or Die, being brought out in paperback (plus Kindle & iPad) by New Society Publishers in just a few days.

Being us, we didn't want to launch our book, well, in "the old way." We asked ourselves, "How would Shareable bring a book about sharing into the world?" And, "How do we engage our community in an authentic way?"  And, "What would best serve the sharing movement?"

Bicycle Nomad, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Sometimes, all you need is a perfect field. In the field, there’s a strangely comforting smell of sheep poop and fur left behind by the last herd that passed through. There’s a small grove of oaks and above them, stars. It’s quiet except the small wet wind you can hear pass you by in the cool autumn night.

Solidarity During Wartime in the Streets of Chicago

My feet are completely blistered, my bones are sore. I'm dehydrated, bruised and beyond exhausted. I've spent four days on the streets of Chicago, running through streets and alleys, cameras strapped to my body, frantically trying to take in as much information about the protests surrounding the NATO summit on Sunday and Monday.

For two days, world leaders gathered in Chicago to discuss what tens of thousands of activists described as the world's largest game of Risk, where the stakes amount to life and death for citizens around the globe.

Barter-Based School Goes Global [INTERVIEW]

Trade School New York. Credit: Tal Beery.
Trade School New York. Credit: Tal Beery.
In 2010, three people had the crazy idea to start a school where the teachers teach whatever they want and the students pay for classes with whatever teachers need—cutlery, art, advice—but never with money. A barter-based learning space, they called their project Trade School, and ran it for the first time out of a tiny store front on New York City’s Lower East Side. It was a huge hit.



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