Five Headline Friday (6/15/18)
Five Headline Friday is back, after a brief technology-induced hiatus. This week we’re looking at:
- a new book on how to participate in the sharing economy in your local community
- building capacity for steel and aluminum recycling to reduce imports and respond to the reduced international scrap metal market
- guess which online retailers and services are doing well in spite of Amazon
- a new study reports the amount of group support needed for social change to turn the tide
- the importance of cohesive networks for social impact investments to take hold
A new book put out by Sharing Cities, titled Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons, describes case studies and reference information on how to develop and participate in sharing communities and local collaborations, to build a more shared and circular economy in cities.
This author asserts that 2/3 of aluminum and 1/3 of steel imports in the US could be eliminated if we could build more scrap metal recycling capacity domestically. The challenge is dealing with contaminated metal and the labor-intensive process of separating and sorting. With federal support, investing in technologies to refine and sort scrap metal could pay off.
Guess which online retailer is giving Amazon a run for its money, growing and gaining in stock price? Etsy, that’s who. This article describes Etsy’s rise, along with other retailers that have weathered the Amazon tsunami.
A new study claims to have figured out a good method for determining the amount of popular support needed to tip the balance to produce action on social change.
Stanford Social Innovation Review promotes the importance of networked communities to provide fertile ground for social impact investments.