Shareable: Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us

Jay Owen Community Development Solutions, Beyond GDP



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Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us

Despite the optimistic talk, it is an old language that is being spoken here: Startup Urbanism is gentrification by another name.

How Cooperation Jackson is Transforming the Poorest State in the US

Interview with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson which is a network of interconnected yet independent institutions including an incubator and training center, a cooperative bank, and a federation of established cooperatives.

Pennsylvania Seed Library Investigated by Department of Agriculture

County Commissioner Barbara Cross said about the potential risk, “Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge…so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on the other.”

“The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which present can reinvent itself… the strange and beautiful truth is that its boundaries grow as you explore them. Each new combination opens up the possibility of other new combinations.”

Are Uber and Lyft Now Offering Real Ridesharing?

Is this real ridesharing or carpooling? Or just like sharing a cab? Does this bring us any closer to community-owned and controlled ridesharing or taxis? Shouldn’t we be concerned that the ambitious visions of these companies to be the go-to transportation method in cities could undermine public transit and lead to private monopolies?

Upcoming Events

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Conscious Nomadism and EcoVillage Living

August 12, 7:00 pm

3250 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, Michigan 48072

August 13, 1:00 pm


Active Participation Processes Course

August 14 (All day) to August 18 (All day)

Lisbon, Portugal


Stone Soup OUR Ecovillage FUNdraiser

August 14, 6:00 pm


WorkShift 2014: The Conference for Coworking in the Southeast

August 16 (All day)

112 S. Duke St. Durham NC 27705


Dream Activation

August 16, 9:00 am

Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, Michigan 48072


Union Square Fixer Fair

August 16, 3:00 pm

Union Square Plaza, Union Square Somerville MA

August 17, 3:00 pm

UAW Vote Center 15140 Livernois, Detroit, MI

August 18, 6:00 pm

Public Works, 151 Erie St, San Francisco CA 94102


2014 Communities Conference

August 29 (All day) to September 1 (All day)

138 Twin Oaks Rd, Louisa, VA 23093

September 4, 7:00 pm

5604 Manor Road Austin, TX

September 10, 1:30 pm

Cloughjordan Ecovillage, County Tipperary, Ireland


European Employers’ Forum for Work-Life balance

September 8 (All day)

Säätytalo-The House of the Estates, Snellmaninkatu 9-11, Helsinki, Finland

Rethinking Economics NYC 2014 Conference

September 12 (All day)

The New School & Columbia University NYC, NY


Village Building Convergence

September 12, 8:00 am to September 21, 5:00 pm

Sebastopol, CA, USA

A 10 day event to build resilient communities within the town of Sebastopol through placemaking projects, networking and celebrations.

September 14, 2:00 pm

Providence Friends Meeting, 105 N Providence Rd, Media, PA


Free Money Day

September 15 (All day)

Worldwide (annual, global event)





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