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Stop 'N' Swap Events Make New York City More Sustainable

April 26, 2017 - 11:58am

When I put a Free Stuff box in the laundry room of my apartment building on the Upper East Side of New York City, I wasn't thinking about the bigger idea of holding a live swap event with the neighbors, and what that could mean for us as a community. I was simply focused on how much waste we could reduce by swapping gently used articles, silently, anonymously via a 3' x 2' x 2' box. Perfectly decent stuff would be intercepted before it hit the trash by neighbors, housekeepers, and building staff. And I would feel good that I made it all happen. Then a light bulb went off in my head.

Categories: Friends of GEO

Podcast: A Mayor's Take on How to Defend Local Solutions

April 26, 2017 - 11:16am

In this episode, Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions, joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR's Community Broadband Network's initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR's communications manager for the latest episode of the Building Local Power podcast. The trio go into detail on the issue of preemption and what the state-level attacks on local sovereignty mean for communitie

Categories: Friends of GEO

Podcast: A View of Global Economic Inequalities from the English Town of Frome

April 25, 2017 - 5:31pm

After exploring some of the exciting inititatives developed by Frome's radical town council in last week's episode, this second episode investigates the themes of economic inequality, gentrification, and poverty within the town of Frome and also at a national and global level.

Categories: Friends of GEO

New Guide Explores History and Evolution of Participatory Budgeting

April 24, 2017 - 5:12pm

Participatory budgeting is a decision-making process through which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources. Such a process can engage taxpayers to work closely with their government to make budget decisions.

Categories: Friends of GEO