Archive for the ‘Resource sharing’ Category

Cooperation in housing and living

May 26, 2014

Have you heard of coliving and cohousing?

These concepts were part of the presentations at OuiShareFest’s latest edition, from May 4th to May 7th, 2014, in Paris.

The joy of coliving ! Creative commons CC NC BY rr0cketqueen

What is coliving?

Coliving is very similar to coworking, as explained Chelsea RUSTRUM (@chelsearustrum) to the audience at OuiShareFest. It happens when people with common values and interests decide to share a home, as well as its resources and the daily responsibilities that come with it.

This is a trendy phenomenon, as can be seen on the map published on coliving.org’s Web site.

Coliving activists enjoy the family-like atmosphere that can be found in this kind of homes, with common events and meals. They also emphasize the flexibility they make possible, for they are often people who love traveling all over the world.

What is cohousing?

Cohousing goes one step further, by designing a house with a sharing purpose from day one. Typically, this kind of houses have a collective pattern, with parts of them being shared and others private. Esra TAT (@EsraDT) explains that cohousing gets more and more popular in a context of a collaborative economy but that it is not really new. Its roots can be found with the social housing homes built by the Rothschild foundation, as early as the beginning of the 20th century.

Bâtiment édifié par la fondation Rothschild à Paris

A building of the Rothschild foundation. Paris, early 20th century.

Today, cohousing is popular again because it is both an economical way of housing… and an ecological one. Architects try to make them “energy-plus houses”, or at least to reduce their energy consumption.

An article written with the participation of Smartwords’ Sandra Daems.

Collaborative GMOs ?

May 31, 2008

The Washington University just launched a program to help design more productive and resistant breeds of rice. The project is a partnership with IBM and aims at creating a grid of one million computers within two years. This grid will be equivalent to a 167 teraflop CPU.

More about this: World Community Grid to Tackle Rice Crisis

Share your tailor-made Web

July 2, 2006

Social bookmarking tools such as del.icio.us or blogmarks have made it possible to share your bookmarks for a while. But Clipmarks goes one step ahead. It allows you to select texts, images, links of interests in one or several Web sites and to “clip” them in a note. All you need is a Firefox entension (there is also a version for Internet Explorer) that will add a couple of buttons to your toolbars. You will be able to clip as many items as you want and then save them with a few remarks and tags. It is up to you to decide if you want your clip to be public or private. If it is public, other people can comment on it and also vote for it so that it can be promoted as popular, if you are lucky. The application is really pleasant to use and a genuine sense of community among “clippers” has arose, as far as I could see.