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Shareable – Sharing Cities (SC)

Authors: Linda Zuijderwijk MSc (IHS); Assoc. prof Morten Elle (AAU); Assoc. prof Erik Hagelskjær Lauridsen (AAU)
Publication date: 2016
Keywords: cities, collaborative consumption, commons, participation

Shareable’s Sharing Cities aims to work towards the ‘sharing economy’ – the concept used to label for a multitude and broad range of practices, amongst others car sharing, food cooperatives, community gardening, shared housing and shared working spaces. As Tom Llewellyn says, their definition of sharing is ‘really broad’ and it is ‘one of our main philosophies is to be as inclusive as possible’. Shareable has been established in the early 2010s and the Sharing Cities network is one of its milestones, existing since 2013.  

Sharing City Nijmegen is a Dutch local initiative of the transnational network Shareable’s Sharing Cities. Sharing City Nijmegen can be considered as an umbrella organisation covering a large number of very diverse sharing activities with the common idea to share in a way that can lead to a society driven not by market economy, but the need of giving. Acting outside the monetary economy is faster than being dependent on formal projects financed by governmental or private funds. The different practical arrangements can be seen as arenas for giving. Sharing City Nijmegen can be seen as a further development of similar activities dating almost 10 years back.  

‘Sharing Gijon’ is based in the coastal city of Gijon, northern Spain. During a #mapjam in 2014, locals came together to map over 20 ‘sharing’ initiatives in their city. Although the label ‘sharing Gijon’ is quite young, the activities related to it date years, sometimes decennia, back. These initiatives are engaging in a variety of activities, including sports, community centres and associations for an inclusive community.  


Relevance for TRANSIT

Shareable’s Sharing Cities was approached for this study for two reasons. In the first place, the discourse and practices of sharing appear to connect many of the social innovation-practices and discourses that TRANSIT finds interesting. In the second place, TRANSIT is interested in learning more about the urban and spatial dimension of transformative social innovation.


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database


Shareable- ShareBloomington




Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

Sharing City Gijón

Sharing City Nijmegen



Majo, C. de; Elle, M. Hagelskjær Lauriden, E. and Zuijerwijk, L. (2016)Transformative social innovation : Shareable - Sharing Cities : a summary of the case study report on Shareable - Sharing cities. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

Majo, C. de,  Morten, E., Hagelskjær Lauridsen, E. and Zuijderwijk, L., (2016) WP 4 case study report : Shareable's Sharing Cities, TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.


Research Coordination: IHS - Linda Zuijderwijk

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