Dropis is an amazing project. Created by Sebastiano Scròfina and his friends in Roma, the start-up aims to create the first and unique currency for the sharing economy! A new way for everyone to value our goods and services between different co-working, car-sharing, car-pooling or housing rentals platforms aside from money.
We had the chance to interview Sebastiano in Roma. He explained to us the importance of their alternative currency in world where money has become a scarce resource after the global crisis. But the thing is: everyone still has the same skills and needs, the crisis has not change anything about it. You still need to learn things, go from one place to another, repair things, etc. And you still know how to do many things, that you could deliver to others. So if we don't have money, but we still have a strong "offer & demand", then we just need to value things differently. That is what Dropis has been made for.
Interview of Sebastiano Scrofina from Dropis
July 14, 2013 - 3:40 pm
July 14, 2013 - 3:15 pm
Translated by Silvia Candida
Milena Bottero, Founder of Room for Tea
March 3, 2013 - 10:33 am
You know how expensive is housing in London. You also know how little you are paid there as an intern. Well, Room for Tea basically tries to solve this problem. We met Milena Bottero, Founder of the service at the Hub Westminster (again!). She says the service "is for anyone but our motivation is to help aspiring interns and apprentices access affordable accommodation in London during their work experience, offering anyone, from anywhere, a fair chance at starting their dream career".
Room For Tea, How It Works?
March 3, 2013 - 10:25 am
March 3, 2013 - 10:04 am
Trade School London (Hub Westminster), Basic Origami and Fortune Telling Class
March 3, 2013 - 10:02 am
After interviewing Trade School Co-founder Caroline Woolard in New York, we had the chance to attend an actual Trade School class in London at the Hub Westminster. Taught by Lucy Baker, this class on "Basic Origami and Fortune Telling" got us from folding paper to make a simple frog to much more advanced elements! Using Trade School barter-based system, we brought bananas to attend the class.
Thanks to all the Trade School Hub Westminster team to allow us to film this great class!
June 6, 2013 - 3:59 pm
June 6, 2013 - 7:14 am
Photo Report: Collaborative Cities Meetup – Paris
February 13, 2013 - 11:35 am
Photo Report: OuiShare Summit 2012 – Where the Collaborative Cities campaign has been launched
January 24, 2013 - 11:16 pm
Kiss Kiss Bank Bank
January 24, 2013 - 7:25 am
KissKissBankBank HQ, Wall of Fame
January 23, 2013 - 5:38 am
Successfully crowdfunded projects on KissKissBankBank are pinned on that wall by the team. When we first met KissKissBankBank co-founder Adrien Aumont we've been instantaneously convinced and motivated to use their website to start our own campaign (and yes, we admit that we dreamt about being on that wall) :)
Portrait: Guilhem Chéron
January 1, 2013 - 4:47 pm
After being both an industrial designer and passionate about cooking and food, Guilhem Chéron created La Ruche Qui Dit Oui !, one of France's most iconic Collaborative Economy startup. A Ruche is a group of people who buy directly from farmers and collect their orders somewhere in the neighbourhood.Read More
We really mixed internet and agriculture.
— Guilhem Cheron, CEO & Co-founder of La Ruche qui dit Oui !
La Ruche Qui Dit Oui
January 1, 2013 - 4:48 am
June 6, 2013 - 7:19 am
Be excellent to each other dudes!
— Noisebridge hackerspace Motto
Mitch Altman (Co-founder) on teaching at Noisebridge hackerspace
October 12, 2012 - 9:04 pm
Not Far From The Tree
June 6, 2013 - 3:59 pm
Not Far From The Tree
June 6, 2013 - 7:29 am
Laura Reinsborough, Founder & Director at Not Far From The Tree
October 5, 2012 - 1:25 am
Fruit-picking afternoon with Not Far From The Tree
October 5, 2012 - 1:07 am
Becky Thomas from Not Far From The Tree talking to gleaners after a fruit-picking afternoon in Toronto.
June 6, 2013 - 7:23 am
Amy Kaherl, Director of Detroit SOUP (Trailer)
October 31, 2012 - 4:11 pm
Interview: Bryan Christopher Baker from Stukenborg Letterpress Studio at Ponyride
September 27, 2012 - 10:58 pm
Ponyride “A Creative Incubator Community”
September 27, 2012 - 12:36 pm
Phillip Cooley gave us a visit of Ponyride last Tuesday. This collaborative workspace provides very cheap rent for creative people. In exchange of not having to worry about their rent, Ponyride members roll up their sleeves to create the space, help each others and participate in youth education. We were amazed by the diversity of its creative comunity: the Detroit Denim factory, the Order & Other film studio, the Stukenborg Letterpress Studio, the fencing club "En garde! Detroit", the RunJit dance club, ...
Photo report: Detroit SOUP
September 26, 2012 - 3:46 pm
Detroit SOUP introductory speech by Amy Kaherl
September 25, 2012 - 2:34 am
Detroit SOUP is a live crowdfunding event. "A monthly dinner funding micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit". More info here.
New York City
Interview: Jason Santa Maria from Studiomates
September 22, 2012 - 2:00 pm
Tina Roth Eisenberg (a.k.a. swissmiss), Founder of Studiomates collaborative workspace (Trailer)
September 21, 2012 - 1:59 pm
September 21, 2012 - 2:00 am
Park Slope Food Coop
September 20, 2012 - 6:35 pm
Joe Holtz, Co-founder of the Park Slope Food Coop (Trailer)
September 20, 2012 - 11:24 am
Caroline Woolard, Co-founder of Trade School (Trailer)
September 19, 2012 - 10:40 am
Trade School celebrates practical wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange.
— Trade School
Trade School, an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter
September 18, 2012 - 7:00 am
Today we are meeting with Caroline Woolard from OurGoods, "a network of creative people who barter skills, spaces, and objects to get independent projects done".
In 2010, Caroline and her friends launched Trade School, an alternative education initiative, also running on barter:
"Over the course of 35 days, more than 800 people participated in 76 single session classes." say Trade School organisers.
Video by documentary film maker and Trade School teacher Alex Mallis.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign they ran Trade School for another semester in 2011.
Today, local Trade School chapters are popping up everywhere around the world from Milan, to Paris, Guadalajara to Bangkok. This new network required a software for each chapter to organize, advertise and manage attendance of its classes. Caroline set up a new Kickstarter campaign this year to build such website.
We can't wait to meet Caroline today and learn more about Trade School upcoming plans for 2013!