The library is a smart city’s ‘hub for digital intelligence’

As one of the most trusted spaces and sources of information, libraries are playing an increasingly important role in smart city initiatives. Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 27, 2020 When the founders of Library Land first decided to join forces, it was to start a PR agency — and they needed to find a good spot to meet. Instead of opting for …

Building a community: Manufactured home residents go co-op

February 10, 2020 FOCUS ON SOUTHERN MAINE COURTESY / JEANEE WRIGHT Members of Charter Oaks Village operations committee in June, after residents bought the park, from left, Shannon Staples, Steve Staples, Larry Lacalliades, Tom Lauricella and Roger Lapierre.  Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share via Email By Maureen Milliken When residents at Charter Oaks Village, a manufactured home community on the Biddeford-Arundel line, got a …

Libraries of Things Are Boons for Low Income Neighborhoods and There is Software to Help Catalog Now

Tool-sharing innovator post-mortem uncovers systemic issues in our convenience economy Image provided by Andreas ArnoldAndreas Arnold|February 13, 2020 Expensive, hard to transport and long-lived compared with other consumer goods, tools are a good model for the sharing economy. But how do you keep tools functioning in an era of built-in obsolescence, and how can you keep a lid on staff …

Wall Street Megabanks Prioritizing Profits Control $509 Billion in Deposits and $4.3 Trillion in State and Local Public Pensions. Public Banking Would Put That Money to Work for People, Main Street and the Real Economy

North Dakota has the only state-owned bank in the nation. Advocates say it’s a model for getting state tax money invested in communities. What a Public Bank Can Do for Real People BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Yes Magazine, FEB 19, 2020 The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a …

Building relationships and bringing people together for a common goal are among 3 keys to creating behavioral change in cities

Effective relationships, parallel strategies and communication with target audiences are all crucial for systemic behavioral change, according to a new report from Meeting of the Minds. Chris Teale@chris_teale, Smart Cities Dive, Feb. 20, 2020 PHOENIX — If city leaders are to create change in their communities, they need to build effective relationships, have parallel strategies and engage their target audiences, …

Cooperative organic ag

Vía Orgánica has developed a model that has enabled them to have a substantial impact in the region. Through establishing a restaurant, a store and a weekly street market, and sponsoring a series of classes and workshops, they’ve been able to hire 60 full-time staff and provide a decent living for more than 200 growers who are part of their …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …

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. …