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The Kitchen Library lets anyone borrow cooking appliances just like a book
The increasing popularity of the sharing economy in recent years has given communities a way to both pool their resources and get to know each other. Most recently, we wrote about Switzerland’s Pumpipumpe scheme, which enables homeowners to display the goods they have to share through mailbox stickers. Now, The Kitchen Library is Canada’s first non-profit lending library dedicated to short-term rentals of cooking equipment. READ MORE…
Community knit sessions combine the creativity of the young with the skills of the elderly
In large cities, different pockets of the community rarely interact with each other, and most people don’t even speak to their neighbors. We’ve previously seen schemes such as Talk To Me London attempt to get urbanites to get chatting, but now a Netherlands-based project called Granny’s Finest is pairing young designers with elderly knitters to create new products, and foster community spirit in the process. READ MORE…
Urban Death Project wants to make funerals green by turning bodies into compost
Eco burials aren’t a new concept — it’s the more elaborate funerals involving expensive caskets that are the relatively new phenomenon in history — but more people are choosing to consciously avoid wasting resources in the age of climate change. Funeral directors such as the Hippensteel Funeral Service and Crematory in Indiana have been offering natural burials since 2012, with RFID tags to help loved ones locate the unmarked graves. Now the Urban Death Project has designed a new ceremony that respects the dead and celebrates the cycle of life by giving bodies back to the soil. READ MORE…
Restaurant teaches customers sign language to relay their order to its deaf staff
The problem with sign languages is that — although they give those with hearing difficulties a way to express themselves — non-deaf people often don’t learn it and therefore can’t understand it. While it’s not the first of its kind in the world — we’ve already written about the Atfaluna charity’s restaurant in Palestine — Canada’s Signs Restaurant is now hoping to get all of its customers to sign by printing ASL instructions next to each menu item. READ MORE…
Neighborhood mailbox stickers let communities display items they have to share
If those nostalgic for the pre-digital age are to be believed, neighbors used to simply knock on a door to ask to borrow something, but now they’re too engrossed in their smartphone screen to even know who lives next door. To solve this problem and renew a sharing community spirit, Pumpipumpe is a Switzerland-based project that is encouraging residents to place stickers on their mailbox to denote the goods they’re willing to lend to their neighbors. READ MORE…
App helps users find local fruit and veg that just turned ripe
Supermarket groceries spend weeks or even months being stored and transported before arriving on the shelf, and they’re often picked well before they’re ripe because of this. Companies such as FreshRealm have aimed to improve on this, promising food from farm to table in around two days by directly connecting individual producers and consumers through the US postal system. Now a platform from Australia called RipeNearMe is enabling local growers to share their excess fruit and vegetables, notifying neighbors when the best time to pick up the produce in its prime. READ MORE…
Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation
Online education is booming thanks to platforms such as Khan Academy, YouTube tutorials and even educational video games such as Koe, which recently crowdfunded on Kickstarter. However, language-learning especially is a skill that’s best acquired by speaking one-on-one with natives on a regular basis. Aiming to facilitate this, a new service in Brazil called Speaking Exchange is enabling students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes, who benefit from regular conversation. READ MORE…
Project leverages Instagram to clean up abandoned bikes on NY streets
We’ve already seen Canada’s Trashswag help document the useable goods that are left on the sidewalk. Now the Dead Pedal NY project is getting residents to document the city’s abandoned bikes via Instagram so authorities can do something about it. READ MORE…
Community boxes let city residents share anything
While startups such as Boxbee aim to turn customers self storage assets into a shareable library of goods among friends, a new project in Switzerland is taking a similar concept into the public sphere. Boîtes d’Échange Entre Voisins — or Neighborhood Exchange Boxes — are a network of brightly-decorated repositories where residents can leave books, toys or other items they’d like to give to the community. READ MORE…
3D-printing medical supplies on-demand in Haiti
Natural disasters can hit countries hard, and Haiti — which experienced a massive earthquake three years ago — is no exception, and that’s to say nothing of the poverty that pervades the country’s society. Vital community resources are often low, or missing altogether, especially when it comes to healthcare. Now a new project called iLab Haiti is hoping to use 3D printing to solve some of the country’s immediate needs. READ MORE…
Storefronts get a different pop-up each day
In the Lower East Side of Manhattan, there are around 200 storefronts that are left unused. At the same time, there are many entrepreneurs and small enterprises that could make temporary use of those spaces to grow their businesses. miLES is a new project that aims to provide the tools to help anyone transform those empty spaces into working venues that change on a regular basis. READ MORE…
Investors scheme supports local artists, offers artworks instead of shares
For a while now, the community-supported agriculture model has been connecting residents with locally farmed goods in return for investing in those farms. Aiming to do the same for the arts, CSA+D in Brooklyn, NY, is a studio which enables those in the community to purchase shares in the work it produces. READ MORE…
Crowdsourced sportswear is doing away with ads and stores
Major sports brands like adidas and Nike have built up their brands over the last several decades and taken advantage of multi-million dollar marketing campaigns to get their name known worldwide, but how can a young startup such as London’s Tribesports compete? In order to make its range of sportswear more affordable than high street brands, it is fostering a community of loyal customers through crowdsourcing and fitness tracking. READ MORE…
In the Philippines, credit checks based on social media profiles
Recruiters are already using social media sites to find out more about job applicants’ histories and personality, so it stands to reason that other industries might follow suit. Sure enough, Lenddo is a financial lender based in the Philippines that takes into account customers’ social network profiles when determining their credit score. READ MORE…
4-acre urban farm is made up of multiple resident’s gardens
While the Netherland’s Dakboerin has helped urban gardeners to build new growing spaces on city rooftops, Green City Acres in Canada is making use of existing greenery, taking over resident’s gardens to create a decentralized farm. READ MORE…