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“New economic” logics and urban sustainability transitions

This paper argues that cities will play a critical role in sustainability transitions, and that the direction of such transitions will inevitably be shaped by prevailing economic logics. Whilst neoliberalism has played a powerful role in shaping urban development, the authors highlight four alternative, ‘new economic’ logics representing fundamentally different modes of economic organization.

October 11, 2017 Visit Site
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Fab City Prototypes

This article is the extract of the proposal submitted by the Fab City global initiative to the European Commission call for Circular Economy large scale demonstrators. Though the proposal did not advance, its ideas are timely and contribute to the burgeoning shift towards an inclusive and impactful Circular Economy.

July 28, 2017 Visit Site
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LEDlab Field Book

This book explores LEDLab’s (based in Vancouver, BC) partnership and funding model, and discusses organizational structure and accountability, budget, and an evaluation framework. It is intended for universities, municipalities, non-profits and community development organizations that wish to replicate their model, which is at its core a university-community partnership that leverages a Mitacs grant for social change.

July 25, 2017 Visit Site
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A visit to a urban commons in Ghent: the NEST experiment

The municipality of Ghent, Belgium is at the forefront of the international stage of urban commons. This article shares how NEST, a cooperatively planned, designed, and managed six-storey building, is temporarily opening up a civically minded space for collaboration.

July 18, 2017 Visit Site
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What are the Commons?

This is an excellent primer for understanding what the civic commons are, why they are important, and what social and ecosystems are necessary to sustain them .

April 21, 2017 Visit Site
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Pilot Lessons: How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario

This report opens up a conversation on basic income for Ontarians by exploring how its benefits could extend beyond poverty alleviation to include impact on entrepreneurship, innovation and our society’s relationship to work in general.

September 26, 2016 Visit Site
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Shifting Perspectives: Redesigning regulation for the sharing economy

The report highlights the MaRS Solutions Labs’ findings from their research and workshops in both the transportation and accommodations sectors. In this report they present a 5-step framework for cities to develop a sharing economy strategy.

April 2, 2016 Visit Site
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Local Governments and the Sharing Economy

Local governments are faced with a tsunami of Sharing Economy activities; many cities have adopted a piecemeal and reactive approach and lack long-term strategy. This roadmap helps local governments across North America strategically engage to foster more sustainable cities. Join the lead authors for a webinar about this report on Tues 24 November at 10am PST. 

November 5, 2015 Visit Site
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The Circular Economy 100: Case Studies

The Circular Economy 100 is a global platform bringing together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The circular economy refers to an industrial economy that is restorative by intention; aims to rely on renewable energy; minimise, tracks and eliminates the use of toxic chemicals; and eradicates waste…

July 23, 2015 Visit Site
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Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: Beyond Whack-A-Mole

Across the economy, informal and lightly-regulated marketplaces are emerging that directly connect individuals and small businesses. New technology platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit are accelerating the advent of the “sharing economy” with rapid speed and massive scale. This report looks at the public policy questions raised by the sharing economy and makes recommendations…

April 29, 2015 Visit Site