‘Shit Is Hitting the Fan,’ Climate Scientists Warn

By Andrea Germano The “shit is hitting is the fan,” said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering “this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem.” Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there “is no time to delay” on climate change efforts and argues that they must go beyond just slashing emissions of CO2—”the dominant …

49 Questions to Ask — Instead of ‘What Do you Do?”

A writer on Medium shared how they are putting on a party that plays with the social contracts we silently obey, to create a new circumstance and awareness for human connection that reaches beyond the “what do you do” question. The new agreements are tea instead of alcohol, contribution instead of money, deep convo instead of work talk, and human …

Communication for the Commons: 5 Shapes for Training Without Being the Boss

By Drew Hornbein, Medium and Enspiral  I want to talk to you about an event Nati and Rich of the Loomio Cooperative/Enspiral Network from New Zealand facilitated in Asheville North Carolina. If you put on events I think you’ll find some juicy ideas that will take your work to the next level… but first a story about a garden in …

LibreTaxi’s Roman Pushkin on why he made a free, open-source alternative to Uber and Lyft

On Shareable and P2P Foundation Blog, 25 June 2017 Nithin Coca: With all the controversy engulfing the global ride-hailing giant Uber, there is more attention on alternative platforms that meet people’s transportation needs and don’t have the company’s ethical baggage. One of the newest and most promising alternatives is LibreTaxi, founded by Roman Pushkin, a San Francisco-based developer and architect with a decade …

Preparing lawyers and practicing law for people in the sharing economy

By David Bollier, book review on Fixing the Law’s Bias Against Sharing, 2014 In the quest to imagine and build a new “sharing economy,” one factor that is often overlooked is law.  What shall be the role of formal law in a world of social enterprises, shared workspaces, cohousing, car-sharing groups, tool-lending libraries, local currencies and crowdfunding?  Who has legal …

Rebuilding the commons in the city

Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places.  With the promise of these projects beginning to shine, the city of Philadelphia is launching an expansion of the civic commons by investing $500 million to reinvigorate parks, libraries, playgrounds, and recreation centers. Called Rebuild, the …

How P2P politics can change the world, one city at a time

By Ann Marie Utratel Commons Transition, 5 June 2017, Commons in the Time of Monsters Promotion of real, needs-oriented entrepreneurship, bolstered by explicit recognition and support of bottom-up productive infrastructures, such as Open Coops, mesh wireless networks or community renewables through public-Commons partnerships. It would allow commoners to repurpose or take over unused or underutilised public buildings for social ends …