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Vegvisits Is An Airbnb Alternative for Vegans and Vegetarians

Vegvisits Is An Airbnb Alternative for Vegans and Vegetarians

Over the past few years, peer-to-peer homesharing platforms have been making it easier to connect with like-minded people when you travel. While Airbnb is still the most well-known platform, it’s no longer your only option. You can choose from homesharing sites specifically intended for elderly travelers, LGBT guests, eco-friendly lodgings, and more. There are even sitesMore…

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

How This Toronto Nonprofit Encourages Collaborative Consumption

For years, the news media has been looking to Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the new “sharing economy.” Maybe it should be looking to Toronto instead. Over the past few years, the Institute for a Resource Based Economy has been expanding the concept of collaborative consumption throughout the city, helping Ontarians reduce waste and make theMore…

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Whether it’s eating local, supporting worker-owned businesses, or taking money out of Wall Street banks, the “localist” movement is on the rise. While the dominance of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Amazon may seem complete, small businesses make up half of the U.S. GDP and create over three times as many jobs. The Business Alliance for Local LivingMore…

The Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

The Jewish Intentional Community Conference Takes Place December 1-4

  The FIC’s Intentional Communities Directory includes communities that range from the spiritual to the secular. If you want to find a religiously affiliated (or unaffiliated) community, there’s a good chance you’ll find one there that aligns with your values. For those looking for a community centered around the Jewish faith, you can check outMore…

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

These Apps Connect Excess Food With People Who Need It

Nearly $500 billion worth of food gets thrown away in the U.S. each year – while nearly 50 million Americans go hungry. A new app hopes to use peer-to-peer technology to connect people throwing away food with those who need it. We’ve seen the sharing economy dabble in foodsharing before. Platforms like Feastly and Josephine letMore…

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

As more farmers and gardeners take an interest in permaculture, seed savers’ networks are becoming a vital way to preserve heirloom varieties and protect our planet’s biodiversity. Although not as visible as the farmers’ markets that line our neighborhood sidewalks on Sundays, they’re an integral part of the farm-to-table movement. Seed savers and seed librariesMore…

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

Many of us are familiar with the farm-to-table movement: we might shop at our neighborhood farmers market, or even subscribe to a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) model as a way to support local farms. But what about other products, like seafood? Can we find ways to eat fish locally and sustainably? A network called Local CatchMore…

This Peer-to-Peer Credit Exchange Could Be Great For Intentional Communities

This Peer-to-Peer Credit Exchange Could Be Great For Intentional Communities

For a while, peer-to-peer lending platforms were going to be the next big thing. Instead of borrowing from big banks, we could borrow from each other, on platforms like Lending Club and Prosper. But pretty soon big banks starting getting involved, and the loans weren’t really so “peer-to-peer” after all. Investors started using them as a wayMore…

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

For years, projects like Fallen Fruit and the Urban Farm Collective have been making it easier for people to access the excess produce and gardening space in their neighborhoods. A new project called Shared Earth brings the concept to a wider market, using the latest peer-to-peer technology to connect gardeners with unused lawns and gardensMore…

A New Site Called Simbi Lets You Barter Your Skills, Lessons, and More

A New Site Called Simbi Lets You Barter Your Skills, Lessons, and More

A lot has been written about how the “sharing economy” isn’t really about “sharing” – many of the companies that use the term are more about renting, buying and selling, or even just working. A new site called Simbi wants to change that, offering a platform where users can exchange services for Simbi credits (shortMore…

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

How These Bike Festivals Bring Community To City Streets

Forty years ago, a group of Columbian bicycle activists started a tradition that would eventually spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Called Ciclovía, which means “cycleway” in Spanish, the event shuts down automobile traffic on over 70 miles of streets in Bogota every Sunday – creating space for up to 2 million bicyclists,More…

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

This TED Talk Shows How Ecovillages Can Bring About Global Change

Last year, Kosha Joubert, President of the Global Ecovillage Network, delivered a powerful talk at TEDxGeneva on the impact of ecovillages around the globe. Joubert lived in South Africa as a child, spent time in Amsterdam as adult, and now lives at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland. After studying cultural anthropology, she says she feltMore…

Going Biking This Summer? Try Out This Network For A Shower and A Place to Stay

Going Biking This Summer? Try Out This Network For A Shower and A Place to Stay

Since 1993, the Warm Showers network has been connecting touring bicyclists with hosts willing to offer them a couch, shower, camping space, or other form of hospitality. Originally started as a listserv, it was developed into a full website in 2005, and currently has 86,000 active members and 36,000 active hosts around the world. TheMore…

NuMundo Hosts Southeast Bioregional Convergence in Asheville, July 9-10

NuMundo Hosts Southeast Bioregional Convergence in Asheville, July 9-10

NuMundo wants to make it easier for travelers to connect with ecovillages and intentional communities around the world. Their site has dozens of listings in the U.S., Europe, South America, and more, many of which offer permaculture classes, natural building courses, and other hands-on, land-based experiences. NuMundo calls these locations “impact centers“: “An impact centerMore…

Try One of These Unique Alternatives to Airbnb

Try One of These Unique Alternatives to Airbnb

Airbnb and other “sharing economy” sites have been getting some bad press lately, with many cities arguing that the platforms are driving up rent, contributing to housing scarcity, and turning residential neighborhoods into tourist districts. Some cities, like Berlin, have begun to regulate room- and home-sharing, while San Francisco and New York are struggling toMore…

Here’s How You Can Participate in Global Sharing Week June 5-11

Here’s How You Can Participate in Global Sharing Week June 5-11

Shareable.net and The People Who Share are collaborating on this year’s Global Sharing Week, which will take place from June 5-11, 2016. Originally launched as Global Sharing Day, the event has grown to the point where over 100 activities take place each year. This year’s listings include dozens of potlucks, neighborhood festivals, and other gatherings,More…

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

SimpleREV Brings Minimalism and Intentional Living to the Twin Cities

In October 2014, I attended the first annual SimpleREV conference in Minneapolis, MN. For two days, around 50 or so attendees shared stories about downsizing, living life with less “stuff,” building tiny houses, and more. For some, it was the first time they’d been around other people pursuing a less consumer-driven lifestyle, and the experienceMore…

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

How These Collaborative Networks Foster Inter-Community Connection

As interest in community living grows, it’s important that we make it easy and accessible for people to get involved with their local co-ops and coliving spaces. For many people, community dinners, art and music nights, and overnight stays are the ideal way to explore whether coliving is right for them. Sometimes, it can beMore…

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

OuiShare Pushes for A Fairer Sharing Economy

For years, OuiShare has been one of the leading voices on the sharing economy in Europe, and has helped put the concept of collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer economies on the map. This year, it’s hosting a series of events, including the annual OuiShare Fest in Paris, and additional gatherings in Lille, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro,More…

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

Job Openings at the New Economy Coalition (Plus Event Registration for Common Bound)

One of the great things about the growing interest in intentional living is how easily groups like FIC can connect and collaborate with related organizations. From neurodiverse cohousing networks to online permaculture classes, there are hundreds of groups out there with values that overlap with our own. This week, we bring you updates from theMore…

Cicek Sepeti

Cicek Sepeti

Cicek Sepeti

How a New Generation is Finding Education Abroad- Without A Tuition

A generation in search of answers There’s long been a bug in the minds of the new generation- something doesn’t add up about the modern life path. We’ve heard it all before; spend some time in school, get a career helping some corporation produce and market some product or service, buy a house, start aMore…

Support the Global Ecovillage Network Summit

Support the Global Ecovillage Network Summit

Support the Global Ecovillage Network Summit From July 6-10th, hundreds of activists will gather at the Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland for the GEN+20 Summit. They will celebrate 20 years of uniting people around ecological solutions, and plan the next steps to spreading sustainability around the globe in these important times. “Since it’s founding in 1995,More…

Income Sharing Urban Communities

Income Sharing Urban Communities

Income Sharing Urban Communities Point A is a group which has “an audacious proposal to form urban, income sharing, egalitarian, democratic, ambitious, engaged communes in the cities of the American East Coast.” So far these cities include Washington DC, Baltimore, New York City, and Richmond. That is a lot of adjectives! Here are some descriptionsMore…

Kindista helps you share with people nearby

Kindista helps you share with people nearby

Kindista helps you share with people nearby Looking for a plot to garden in, or someone to landscape your yard? Wishing for a dog walker, or offering mural painting skills? Desiring a giant bookshelf, and have a file cabinet that you’d like someone to take? Kindista.org is an online network that helps you share offers,More…

Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance

Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance

Wouldn’t it be great if you could share your skills and what you have in abundance, and receive help from those who have what you are lacking? This is how a new network called Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance. “Your skills, things, interests, experiences, passions, and dreams make you unique. EachMore…

Commons Transition Project

Last week, commons advocates the P2P Foundation, Guerilla Translation, and their partners launched Commons Transition, a public forum to further commons-oriented policy-making. Commons Transition is based on the groundbreaking work of the Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK) Society in Ecuador. Read the full article here.  

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network