Racial discrimination and the sharing economy — what does the research tell us?

Read the full story at Shareable. The sharing economy is often lauded with offering a number of opportunities, from access to cheaper and more convenient consumption alternatives to new revenue streams for on-demand services. Next to the economic benefits are promises of sustainability and social inclusion. Unfortunately, not everybody stands equal in this emerging economy. …

In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

Read the full story at Shareable. This spring, Vancouverites may find renting a set of camping equipment as easy as borrowing a book from the library. The Thingery project is a recent initiative launched by Vancouver Tool Library founder Chris Diplock. The first Thingery pilot project was carried out in summer 2016, and Diplock reached agreements over …

The Library of Things

Read the full story in American Libraries. Libraries loaning “stuff” isn’t a new concept. Framed paintings were available for checkout at the Newark (N.J.) Public Library back in 1904. “Libraries were sharing before sharing was cool,” says Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries. As the sharing economy …

Electronics Standards Are In Need of Repair

Download the document. Tech companies are standing in the way of stronger green electronics standards in the US, according to our new report. Device manufacturers are blocking attempts to include strong criteria in electronics standards that would encourage device designs that are easier to repair, easier to upgrade, and easier to disassemble for recycling.

Analytics Lounge, NFP

Analytics Lounge is a 501(c)(3) community lab dedicated to: Providing an environment in which we host discussions related to chemistry, engineering, biology, manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Providing a shared space and access to test, measurement, prototyping, and analysis equipment. Providing an informal environment that encourages teaching and learning in the spirit of self-directed education, and encourages not just …