Rise and Shine: “BerkShares Stay Here” – Next 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.
  • Nancy Scola is a Washington, DC-based journalist whose work tends to focus on the intersections of technology, politics, and public policy. Shortly after returning from Havana she started as a tech reporter at POLITICO.

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