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 …

The commons movement aims at a reappropriation of politics, through the testing of collective action in all areas of daily life — based on sharing and decision-making practices that achieve social justice. Ideas in a municipal context…

By the Peer to Peer Network The municipal context is today one of the main crucibles where the commons project is expressed. The commons movement is made up of a multitude of people in action who, strong in their diversity, embrace the same political horizon. This project consists in allowing, through sharing and cooperation, and collective autonomy, the transformation of …

The Common land issue (vs rents) links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning

Dec. 2019, Frederic Sultan et al., Peer to Peer Network The land issue links a large number of issues to one another, such as agriculture, housing, energy, mobility, town planning. In each of these areas, common land policies and practices revisit the notions of access and uses, property, value and transaction, conservation and protection of land. Among the diversity of the …

What America Needs to Understand About Capitalism

July 13, 2019 by Project Syndicate by Clair Brown, Simon Sällström The United States has the resources to create a better capitalist system, and it is clear which policies can improve wellbeing today and create a more equitable and sustainable economy for future generations. Now the country needs to elect a president and Congress that can build this system. Our research …

Putting people before capital, the social and solidarity economy opens up the prospect of democratizing the economic sphere, by generating strategies that depart from a dominant model centered on exploiting the environment and people

THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IS A WORKABLE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM The SSE is a phenomenon that is gaining traction across Europe, with at least two million entities throughout the EU (10 to 12 per cent of all existing companies), employing around 14.5 million people in 2010 (6.5 per cent of the population in employment on the continent), spanning across …

Organizing more commons, a radically democratic alternative to state- or market-administered societies and a platform for building a movement for broader cooperation. Reclaiming the resources and change the system from below

The point of democratic organisation is to start from where you are and, by pooling resources together and collaborating, improve your condition. No matter how grave is the level of class and racial segregation, if everybody just stays passive, our collective power would be diminishing further. The commons is our chance to organise our struggle, improve our livelihood and take …