The power of free public space: How San Francisco’s public libraries are embracing their changing role and supporting a mix of hanging out, messing around and geeking out

San Francisco Public Library Bernal Heights solder workshop, Nov-2013 from Mitch Altman via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Casey O’Brien|June 24, 2019, Shareable In one corner, a gaggle of teens huddles over laptops. Across the room, another group plays board games. Behind the closed door of a music studio, two boys record on a guitar and keyboard, while another plays video games …

Intentional community links

Previously known as the “Fellowship for Intentional Communities” is now officially the “Foundation for Intentional Communities.” They have a beautiful new website and their directory of over 1,000 intentional communities is as robust as ever. As they explain, “We loved the kindred-spirit sentiment of ‘Fellowship,’ but we didn’t care for the old-school and masculine connotations. The title ‘Foundation’ speaks to …

Everyone Knows the Benefits of Meal-Sharing. Here’s How to Actually Do It. “While the food is just what brings the family to the table,what keeps them there is a warm, inviting, welcoming environment at the table.”

This organization offers a free toolkit for anyone wanting to host a family or community dinner. Yasmeen Wafai posted Jun 06, 2019 Busy schedules, rifts in the family, and long commutes can all be factors that prevent families from sharing a meal together. But research shows a shared meal can be beneficial in many ways to both mental and physical health. …

The Key Themes of Collaboration

May 20, 2019  No Comment  The Open Coop  Cross-posted from The Open Coop and written by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley. Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some of the key themes of collaboration. Truly effective, synergistic, collaboration is an elusive beast at the best of times and the idea of making it work at scale, for …

Build more community in your city and neighborhood

Shareable’s executive director, Neal Gorenflo, outlined the problem as did Marvin Brown in his article, “Why we need a change in climate”, and Monée Fields-White shared her perspective in, “Can we build non-sexist and non-racist cities?” After outlining the challenge, we proposed that community involvement is an accessible, effective solution to loneliness. Then, we offered examples of how communities are coming together all over the …

Crime is going down but fear is going up based on Next Door et al.

Violent crime levels have been going down in America. But people perceive those levels as going up. That contradiction is nothing new. But it could be dramatically exacerbated by the proliferation of a new kind of social network that connects you to your neighbors — without you ever leaving the house. Rani Molla in Recode: The rise of fear-based social media like …

Resident-Owned Community

 Jarrid Green, Researching equity and community control in the next system. more August 17, 2018 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPCOMMUNITY & PLACE Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. An estimated 18 million people who earn less than $28,000 a year (less than half the national household median …

Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to study that found direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Mar 26, 2019  2 Study: Good Bike and Ped Infrastructure Actually Makes Neighbors Healthier.  (plus National Geographic article lower down on Ciclovia) Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway Photo: Paul Krueger/Flickr/CC Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to a new study that found a direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise. The study, published in the journal …

AOC is asking the questions that activists need to know, and the Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis

By Abraham Gutman agutman@philly.com The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis | March 14, 2019  The Green New Deal, the ambitious plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to deal with climate change, has drawn a lot of attention and speculation, including at this week’s big energy conference in Houston. Beyond criticism that actually has nothing to do …