COMMUNE PROJECTS

I spent a few years in the early days of the ‘sharing economy’ (2007 - 2010) proposing a wide range of resource-sharing projects including Cul-de-sac Commune (featured on NPR), Wanna Start a Commune?, and From Cubicle to Commune. Also, my social design project to create an urban network of resource-sharing ‘kiosks’ was featured in the Buckminster Fuller-themed traveling exhibition ‘29 Chains to the Moon’ at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

A funded tech startup WeCommune emerged from this work (and was featured in Rachel Botsman's important 'sharing economy' work What's Mine is Yours). This early resource-sharing app (i.e. product and service sharing and swapping, bartering and group bartering, group buying) developed from my earlier community project Cul-de-sac Commune and was seed funded. It is sadly now part of my failure resume -- an idea that came too early (apps weren’t even on mobile phones yet). WeCommune.com had about 1000 users before it was shuttered.

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