The Shared City

Rise and Shine: “BerkShares Stay Here”

The Stroud Pound, a local currency in Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K. Credit: Flickr user London Permaculture

Rise and Shine is a regular morning roundup of links. Tips if you’ve got ‘em.

  • BerkShares’ coordinator Alice Maggio explains how and why Western Massachusetts got its own currency.
  • The Parking Mobility app lets you report people who park in handicap spaces sans tags.
  • Harvard physicist John Edward Huth is recommending that we occasionally put our phones down and find our ways around with our heads.
  • Wired’s Kyle Vanhermert goes deep inside the plan to build Brooklyn’s tech triangle.
  • China has formally handed over to Venezuela a satellite that will allow the South American country to, among other things, "expand urban centers." China Daily reports that the satellite has been operating from somewhere in China since January.
  • Saskatoon will play host this week to a family reunion-slash-Better Block party that will be called — wait for it — Drinklefest.
  • Researchcluster aims to make it easy to share lab equipment.
  • New York City cabs, say Department of Transportation data, are moving 7 percent faster than they were five years ago.
  • And Swap or Trade It launches in New Zealand, inspired by what one pair of farmers were able to get for a herd of dairy cows.
  • The Shared City is made possible with the support of The Knight Foundation.

    Nancy Scola is a journalist and writer whose work on the intersections of technology and politics has been published by The American Prospect, Capital, Columbia Journalism Review, New York, Reuters, Salon, Science Progress, Seed, and other publications. She is a correspondent on technology and politics for The Atlantic. She was previously the associate editor of techPresident, a widely-read daily online publication of the Personal Democracy Forum. She’s talked about governing, campaigns, political organizing, technology policy, digital media and more on the BBC,, MSNBC, and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” and frequently appears on conference panels.

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