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  • Robert Darnton at the New York Review of Books blog argues passionately for the creation of a national digital library.
  • The Atlantic knows just how to tug our heart strings with their report "Is Social Media Driving the Economy?"
  • BMW starts its car-sharing program and Hertz buys Australian car-sharers Flexicar. It's safe to say car-sharing is here to stay.
  • For those in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, details about the coming (2012!) streetcar project are finally emerging.
  • Does new public transportation increase gentrification? A new study from Northeastern U. suggests it does, Grist has the details.
  • Princeton University Press has posted the first chapter of NYU professor Tom Tyler's new book Why People Cooperate: The Role of Social Motivations online as a free download.
  • PBS's one-hour special Fixing the Future about the new sharing economy airs on November 18, watch a preview here.
  • DIY site Instructables along with Betabrand is hosting a contest for the best re-use of an old belt, read and submit here.



Malcolm is a writer based in the Bay Area and the Life/Art channel editor at Shareable. His work has been featured on Alternet,, The Los Angeles Free Press, and