In an era where privacy concerns still matter, would you exchange details about your personal hygiene—or, for that matter, how many trash bags or sponges you use—if Alice.com guaranteed that you would get better prices, never run out, and never have to shop for them again?
Through a volunteer community who use open technologies, CrisisCommons' founders hope to create all sorts of relief projects that can be tested in one crisis, refined, and deployed again when the need arises.
Today Etsy has 300,000 artisans and is now valued at nearly $300 million. Although Etsy is based on the Internet, founder Rob Kalin argues that his success is based on the oldest form of communication—storytelling
Once thought to be road kill from the Internet, Library use reached record levels during the recession as people sought education and community. Today sixty-eight percent of Americans now have a library card, the highest percentage ever.
In Western Massachusetts locals have created their own currency called Berkshares to help local retailers, restaurants and service people survive competition from national chains that were moving into small mountain towns.