Mai Sutton

Mai is a freelance organizer and writer based in Oakland, California, focused on the intersection of human rights, solidarity economics, and the digital commons.

9 Awesome Urban Commons Projects in Ghent

Urban commons initiatives are booming in the Belgian city of Ghent, according to a new report. One of the researchers behind the study, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation, says that “the ecosystem of commons-based initiatives in Ghent is quite exemplary precisely because it covers an ecosystem in an area that requires a lot of capital and has to overcome a lot of commons-antagonistic regulation.” So against the odds, approximately 500 urban commons projects have sprung up in the last decade.

August 25, 2017

Ghent’s Quick Rise as a Sustainable, Commons-Based Sharing City

A renewable energy cooperative, a community land trust, and a former church building publicly-controlled and used by nearby residents — these are just a few examples of about 500 urban commons projects that are thriving in the Flemish city of Ghent in Belgium.

August 11, 2017

Austin as a Case Study for the Future of Ride-Hailing Platforms and the Sharing Economy

Within the sharing economy, people must have choices to be able to decide how and on what terms they are able to share things with each other. Communities need to be able to make strong, evidence-based policy that maximizes the public good.

March 17, 2017


New Zine Highlights the Solidarity Economy in St. Louis

It’s hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice.

December 2, 2016

Lessons on Creating an Equitable and Sustainable Economy

The economy can often feel like it’s out of our control — a system that abides by its own forces that we have no power to influence.

November 22, 2016

Art Co-ops and the Power of Mobilizing Collaboration for Creativity

For as long as there has been art, artists have worked together to support each others’ projects and sustain their livelihoods.

October 12, 2016

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