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Swap-O-Matic: a vending machine for the sharing economy

The Swap-O-Matic, is a vending machine that allows users to swap and trade, rather than buy. Designed by New York City-based Lina Fenequito, the Swap-o-Matic was created as a fun way to get people to shift from unconscious over-consumers into more sustainably aware citizens who reuse and barter – all for free! Lina Fenequito explains …

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Microfinance – To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America

On March 31, theaters across the country will show the film for a special, one-night-only event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following the film will be a taped discussion with Dr. Yunus, moderated by CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and featuring special guests, including Suze Orman and Robert De Niro. There will also be special video appearances …

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From Microfinance to Collaborative Finance: Kiva

Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients or solidarity lending groups including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related services. More broadly, it is a movement whose object is “a world in which as many poor and near-poor households as possible have permanent access to an appropriate …

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