Walkable Urbanism, ‘Ugly Fruits’ & Spain’s 15-M Movement

Jay Owen Community Development Solutions, Sustainability News




Setting the Record Strait on the Legality of Seed Libraries

Seed Law Basics, Using the Letter of the Law, Working Within Grey Areas, Crowdsourcing a Seed Law Library and Making New Laws!
Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?


A new study out of the George Washington University School of Business suggests that a wholehearted embrace of walkable urban development would strengthen the American economy in addition to providing the less tangible benefits associated with living and working in walkable communities.

From Spain’s M-15 Movement: The Charter for Democracy

The ‘Charter for Democracy’ is an inspiring, thorough text on what politics should be. It proposes a politics for the people: squarely grounded in environmental realities and social justice, based on the Commons, defended from corporate interests and neoliberal dictates.”
Following a declaration by the European Union that 2014 was the Year Against Food Waste, Intermarché decided to buy the imperfect food from growers and sell it at reduced prices. Watch the video to find out the result.
The Top 11 Shareable Innovations in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tucked down into the southeast corner of Tennessee, Chattanooga is, perhaps, the most unassuming city in the Volunteer State.

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Please support Sharing Cities Network Organizer Olusanya Bey and the Hartford City-Share Project’s “Bee Friendly, Bee Responsible” campaign by making a donation to their crowdfunder to support the bee’s.

Skills Share: Excell Basics

August 20, 6 – 8 pm

Connect Your Community, 3800 Pearl Rd Cleveland, OH 44109

Programming for Beginners

August 20, 6:30 pm

540 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94105


Pressing Matters: A Hoedown for the Town and Apple Pressing Party

August 24, 4:00 pm

The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA


Growing Mushrooms in Your Home and Garden

August 27, 5:00 pm

the BEATnik 1638 Clio St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130


Kitchen Knife Sharpening

August 27, 7:00 pm

75th and 3rd ave NW (direct address to be released)


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

European Employers’ Forum for Work-Life balance

September 8 (All day)

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

September 10, 1:30 pm
Cloughjordan Ecovillage, County Tipperary, Ireland

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)