Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Life on the Hill is Dead, Long Live Life on the Hill!

It is time to say farewell to Blogger and hello to Wordpress and it's fancy-lookin' (and free!) theme Oxygen. If you want to keep reading what I'm writing, follow me over at the new Life on the Hill and Other Stories. I've just got a post up about my tour of the future home of "The Center for Impact and Innovation", a joint venture of The Hub Seattle, Social Innovation Partners, and The Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Infographic! Barriers to Spacesharing in Seattle & How a Collaborative Consumption Intermediary Can Help

While I'm still working on a final super-shiny version of my collaborative consumption/ microleasing commercial space paper, the inforgraphic poster version of it is now up on Scribd. Take a look and tell me what you think! If you want to help me out and proofread a copy of the paper, just poke me in the comments section below, or find me on Twitter ([at]comradebunny).

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Carsharing is Caring

Seriously, CareBears really would use carsharing. Because they care.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A waste of space, and how to end it

Something that's been bugging me for a while is the amount of unused and underused space on Capitol Hill. Sometimes it's just for hours or half-days, like how nightclubs are empty in the daytime and Lowell School is empty at night. Sometimes it's for months at a time, like the empty storefront on Broadway that keeps trying (and failing) to be a Thai restaurant.

This waste of space bugs me because there are so many people who'd like to use a storefront or a school room or a nightclub for those short periods of open time: artists practicing a performance, community groups planning a festival, a group of more than 5 friends just trying to find a place where they can watch the Oscars in peace. But for some reason, there seems to be no way to unite the supply and demand. A little help, invisible hand of the market?

Since the invisble hand seems to be busy, I've decided to step up and do something to end this wasteful situation. Since I'm in grad school, that something is a thesis on how to unite the supply and demand for non-residential temporary space in a dense urban neighborhood (i.e. Capitol Hill)...basically, a how-to guide for making the Zipcar or AirBnB for temporary space rentals.

I'm going to look into collaborative consumption models, supply of and demand for temporary space on Cap Hill, barriers to the creation of a temporary space rental market, and what a market maker/trusted intermediary would need to provide to make renting out space for short periods of time (hours to months) economically feasible. And I'm going to do all this by the beginning of June. (Go, Jen, go!)

In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on the neat stuff I find here and on Twitter (@comradebunny).  Hopefully the process will help me think about our neighborhood's wasted space problem, and it'll help my faithful readers find interesting ways to keep amused, save money, and maybe even save the planet.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Belated Catalog Christmas Days 9-12

Emma and Thorstein were pretty sure this wasn't the way 
to Grandma's House

It made Stephen a little nervous to see that special spark
 in Shari's eye when she met his sister.

Miranda loved ushering for the Christmas pageant.
She never knew what she might find in the seats!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Catalog Christmas Day 8: Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2012 everybody. May your lifestyle choices be easier on you than Little Peter's are on him.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Catalog Christmas Day 7: Searching for Santa

Happy New Year's Eve everybody. Here's one last Santa card, since I figure I can't really get away with them anymore after today.