Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

"Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere. This book is a call to action meant to inspire readers, raise awareness, and strengthen the sharing movement worldwide. "Sharing Cities" shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here.

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  • Monday, November 12, 2018 at 09:00 AM through November 16, 2018
    City of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

    Sharing Cities Summit: Barcelona

    Cities Summit Barcelona 2018 which will take place in Barcelona on 12 November 2018. This edition follows on from the Sharing City Summit held in 2017 in NYC, and the City2City Conference of Amsterdam in 2016. The event will gather together Mayors and Deputy Mayors from leading cities from around the world to discuss how the continuous growth of sharing economies affect the life and economic development of the cities, and what innovative measures can be taken to meet the challenges and opportunities we face, such as how to differentiate digital platforms which are not constructed on truly collaborative models. This year’s Summit will focus on boosting concrete commons outcomes and collaboration between cities.

    The Sharing Cities Summit Barcelona 2018 will take place the day before the start of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), 13-15 November, which will include a dedicated space for the “Inclusive and Sharing Cities” topic, in both Congress and Exhibition Areas. With an attendance of over 700 cities, it will be a unique opportunity to reach out to other cities, spread a common message, and share the tangible outcomes of the Summit.

    The Summit’s programme, which is still in development, shall encompass discussions on creating a task force for collaborations among cities in the negotiations with large platforms, resources on policies for an inclusive sharing economy, creating an open data common repository and a guide of technological and knowledge policies, and a commons declaration by cities building upon the principles established in the 2017 Summit. Shortly, we will be sending you a survey asking you about your current city policy actions. The results of this survey will serve to map specific collaborations and interests which shall be included in the Sharing Cities Summit Barcelona 2018 programme.

    The Sharing Cities Summit Barcelona 2018 is a collaborative effort co-organised by the City Council of Barcelona and Open University of Catalonia (UOC Dimmons group), with the support of Amsterdam and New York and with the collaboration of BarCola members (Barcelona local sharing ecosystem) and international sharing actors such as Sharing Cities Alliance and Shareable.

    Confirmed participation of:
    Amsterdam, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris & Toronto among other cities.


    Preliminary programme

    Monday, November 12th


    Full day Sharing Cities Summit, and public event


    Tuesday, November 13 – Thursday, November 15th

    “INCLUSIVE & SHARING CITIES” topic in both Congress and Exhibition Areas at SMART CITIES EXPO WORLD CONGRESS

    Tuesday, November 13

    Inclusive and Sharing Cities topic at SCEWC with dedicated spaces
    in both Congress and Exhibition Areas
    Dinner for mayors and vice-mayors hosted by Barcelona City Mayor Ada Colau

    Wednesday, November 14

    Inclusive and Sharing Cities topic at SCEWC with dedicated spaces
    in both Congress and Exhibition Areas.
    Optional site visits to meet Barcelona’s most exciting companies, organizations, and venues.

    Thursday, November 15th

    Inclusive and Sharing Cities topic at SCEWC with dedicated spaces
    in both Congress and Exhibition Areas.

    Check for up to date information.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 09:00 AM through November 17, 2018


    LA CoMotion brings together the brave new world of the urban mobility revolution — a revolution that is set to transform every city in the world, large and small. Global mayors, leading technologists, public transport operators and venture capitalists, start-ups and established players — the entire landscape of new urban mobility will be present in November for LA CoMotion. Three days of immersive and inspirational talks, demos, test drives and exhibitions — a glimpse into our new urban future.

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

    Make:Shift 2018

    Make:Shift is your opportunity to put forward your ideas about how to ‘Change Wolverhampton with an idea.’ No idea is too big or too small as long as you’re prepared to own it and drive it forward.

    This year we are delighted to confirm that international speaker Tom Llewellyn from Shareable will be joining us. Come along to find out how you can become part of the sharing transformation.

    Join us for the launch of Wolverhampton for Everyone: A People Powered City.

    Find out how you can access the council’s new pot of funding for Crowd Fund Wolves as well as support for new and emerging social enterprises.

    Last and most definitely not least, please come along with your innovations to ‘Change Wolverhampton with an idea’.

    Everyone is welcome at Make:Shift. Whether you have an idea or not we can assure you of a relaxed atmosphere with free tea, coffee and cake.

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Impact Hub Islington in London, United Kingdom

    London as a 'Sharing City' - A Participatory World Cafe Event

    The most pressing challenges facing cities today, including wealth inequality, environmental pollution, climate resilience, and social isolation, have the potential to be mitigated by the efficient and equitable sharing of our existing resources.

    This participatory event will begin with a short presentation about how the ‘real sharing economy’ is connecting people together, empowering community-led disaster recovery efforts, and working under the radar to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


    Following the presentation, participants in engage in a ‘World Cafe’ style discussion to work through a series of questions in small groups to:

    • Explore the state of things in London

    • Celebrate what is working (services & initiatives that already exist)

    • Uncover the pressing needs/niches calling to be filled

    • Chart out what a shared path forward could look like and discuss how this group (and others not present) might work together to meet those needs.

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 06:15 PM
    Makespace Oxford in Oxford , United Kingdom

    Sharing Oxford - Activating our Urban Commons with Tom Llewellyn

    Building upon Shareable’s years of experience covering the ‘sharing ecosystem’ and the 137 model policies and case studies curated for the new book, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons,” Tom Llewellyn, strategic partnerships director of Shareable, will show how the real sharing economy is already connecting people together, empowering community-led disaster recovery efforts, and working under the radar to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Totnes Civic Hall in Totnes, United Kingdom

    ShareFest Totnes

    This event will celebrate all things related to sharing, repairing, swapping and making! It’ll also be an opportunity to connect with others who share this passion, and promote local collaboration. 

    This free and family-friendly event aims to showcase a wide range of projects from Totnes that encourage a more resourceful, collaborative and sustainable lifestyle, as well as provide examples of sharing initiatives from all over the world. 

    Some the activities include: 

    - 'Pay What You Feel' Cafe by Food in Community;
    - Childrens' Activities, including junk modelling, by Joli's and Plymouth Play Scrapstore;
    - Totnes' Library of Things, the Share Shed;
    - Repair Electronics hosted by The Restart ProjectBorrow Don't Buy and an amazing team of fixers;
    - Repair Textile hosted by our amazing team of menders;
    - Reading of 'The Wonky Donkey' book with a peek behind the scenes of how he was born and came to life by Katz Cowley Illustration;
    - Lino print cards workshop by Alpaca Print;
    - Christmas jumper swap by Recycle Devon;
    - The Story of 'Stone Soup' and talk on ‘Story of Sharing Cities’ by Stone Soup from Shareable;
    - Talk on creative journalling and staying creatively engaged with life through drawing by Katz Cowley Illustration;
    - Spoon carving workshops by Richard Francis;
    - Various stalls including Caring Town TotnesTotnes LibraryResource FuturesThe Restore Dartington and Encounters;
    - And much more!!! 

    This event is part of the #MakeSMTHNG week, which supports and promotes a movement of makers and alternatives to consumerism!

    This event is organised by the Share Shed in collaboration with the Network of Wellbeing - NOW and Shareable, and will be one of over 50 ShareFests held around the world. 

    For further information and if you'd like to volunteer at the event, contact

    Why is this event so exciting?

    A powerful movement is growing, and it is changing how and what we consume. This movement is wide and diverse, and it can often be referred to under the umbrella term of the sharing economy. 

    The sharing economy provides access to products, services and skills without relying on personal ownership. It is all about owning less and sharing more!

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Latest TV in Brighton, United Kingdom

    Brighton and Hove Sharing City

    Around the world, cities including Amsterdam, Seoul, San Francisco and most recently, Norwich in the UK are identifying as Sharing Cities. Based on the idea that our most pressing challenges including wealth inequality, environmental pollution, climate resilience, and social isolation, have the potential to be offset by the efficient and equitable sharing of vital resources with each other, the Sharing City movement is gaining momentum.

    Part of MakeSMTHNG Week, Brighton and Hove Sharing City is an event to celebrate and showcase the multitude of incredible Sharing initiatives that already exist throughout our city, to inspire others and to promote a caring, sharing culture. By opening up access to shared resources and making these more discoverable, we believe we can build a more sustainable economy that serves our local communities and benefits people and planet.

    This exciting evening event, kindly supported by Latest TV, will include a showcase of Sharing services on offer in the city, citizen innovation (a chance to have your say and co-create), Tech Takeback (bring your old gadgets and give them a new lease of life), Share Table in support of Brighton Voices in Exile, open mic, a bring and share feast, Generation Share slideshow by visual storyteller, Sophie Sheinwald (a preview of the inspiring change-makers building a better world), performance by singer-songwriter Rifka Ravena and crowd singing led by Sarah Tohill and The Dulcetones community choir. Hosted by Chief Sharer and Sharing Economy expert, Benita Matofska, with guest speaker and lifelong sharer, Tom Llewellyn from the USA’s, co-editor of Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons; this promises to be a joyful evening to remember, showcasing all that is good in our wonderful city.

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