Are you ready to spend $8/month renting jeans?

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

The circular economy means companies who want to reduce waste will buy back old goods. I’m not sure I’m up to rent a pair of jeans for E6/month, though.

Cities are starting to figure out ways to use public policy to support cooperative and solidarity economies. Here are five US cities that are thinking creatively about it.

AirBnB CEO talks about how the sharing economy may be better at policing community standards than government regulations. Color me skeptical.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Yeah, the fallout from that Facebook study isn’t going away anytime soon. Here, Senator Warner (D-VA) writes to the FTC asking them to investigate.

Organizing Theory

For those of us who have spent way too much time either running around group meetings with a microphone, or standing awkwardly onstage waiting for someone else to do that—CrowdMic seems like a great solution. Turn every smartphone in the audience into a wireless mic.

From Partners

When a campaign is in crisis mode, it can be hard for online campaigners to drill down metrics to campaign leaders. Here’s how Greenpeace shifted their internal campaign reporting strategy, during the fight to free the Arctic 30.

Geeking Out

The BRCK, a new router designed for getting online in places where internet connectivity is unreliable, had its launch in Nairobi last week.

Could a tax on financial transactions bail out the global economy? There’s only one way to find out, IMO.

Is the self-driving car closer than you think?

What’s Going on in the Workforce?

UK workers have the biggest gap in the EU between hours spent at work and hours agreed-on, contractually. (In the US, of course, we’ve only got two options—work too much or too little.)

The Venezualans are about to let women who worked as stay-at-home mothers claim a pension, in a startling advance in gender equity.

Here’s a good look at what it’s like to try to earn $6/hour as a Mechanical Turk. Not too easy.

Elevating the use of Apple’s iBeacon to new levels of creepy time clock management is Punchclock.

Final Thoughts

I’m at Netroots Nation this week–so if you’re here, look me up! I’ve got stickers…

 

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