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Can sharing bring us together? Peers.org thinks so.

Natalie Foster founded Peers.org, a “member-driven organization that supports the sharing economy "through advocacy and networking." One of the more interesting things I’ve seen Peers do is host…


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Change is good. Social change is better.

Bill Drayton is the father of social entrepreneurship. Literally. He founded Ashoka and coined the term "social entrepreneur" to describe the idea of using market forces to drive social change.…


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Meet the Movement Leaders of Tomorrow Today

People create big change by working together. And something very big is happening right now. Over the past few years, it seemed a lot of relatively small, siloed movements were…


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11 Co-ops You Didn’t Know Were Co-ops

People act like the sharing economy is some completely new market phenomenon. But the ethos of the sharing economy (shared work, shared ownership, and shared benefit) is embedded in the…


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PLAYLIST: Thanking your freelance community

This weekend, many of us will be sitting around a big, full table with our families or friends. You can look around and see the faces of the people who…


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A Freelancer's Letter of Reference

It’s always nice to see your friends and family over the holidays -- but too often it comes along with the loaded question, “So, what are you doing for…


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Portland’s the Future – thanks to its “Per-Capita Special Sauce”

I think I figured out what makes Portland so great. It’s the per-capita “special sauce.” What do I mean? Last night, we hosted a great “Celebrate Portland” event for…


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Seoul is going all-in on sharing. Will it work?

I still love Portland. But being here has set me on a mission to find more cities that are as hell-bent on collaboration, sharing, interconnection and independence – what we call…


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Seoul is going all-in on sharing. Will it work?

I still love Portland. But being here has set me on a mission to find more cities that are as hell-bent on collaboration, sharing, interconnection and independence – what we call…


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Why the sharing economy leads to solutions

Lisa Gansky saw the sharing economy coming. She’s an entrepreneur and angel investor whose 2010 book, “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing,” laid out the business…


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Why the sharing economy leads to solutions

Lisa Gansky saw the sharing economy coming. She’s an entrepreneur and angel investor whose 2010 book, “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing,” laid out the business…


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6 labor documentaries that will blow you away

A couple of weeks ago, I made a list of my top labor-related movies. Readers jumped in with their own favorites, and I think a Freelancers Union movie night is…


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6 labor documentaries that will blow you away

A couple of weeks ago, I made a list of my top labor-related movies. Readers jumped in with their own favorites, and I think a Freelancers Union movie night is…


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Here’s lookin’ at you, Portland

When I visited Portland last year, I saw the future. Collaborative workspaces. Freelancers co-operatives. Independent tech meetups. Urban farmers, bakers and furniture-makers. It’s all happening in Oregon. I came…


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Here’s lookin’ at you, Portland

When I visited Portland last year, I saw the future. Collaborative workspaces. Freelancers co-operatives. Independent tech meetups. Urban farmers, bakers and furniture-makers. It’s all happening in Oregon. I came…


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Collaborate or collapse

Freelancers are building the sharing economy. Independent workers are providing the bulk the goods and services on the sharing economy platforms. Yet, we’re not “sharing” in the value being…


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Collaborate or collapse

Freelancers are building the sharing economy. Independent workers are providing the bulk the goods and services on the sharing economy platforms. Yet, we’re not “sharing” in the value being…


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What is New Mutualism?

It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food…


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What is New Mutualism?

It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food…


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Tombstones, coffins and co-operatives

On any other day this might feel a little morbid, but there’s a huge co-op in the UK that I think is worth talking about: The Co-operative Funeralcare. Yes,…