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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 is a non-profit media platform used for news, action and a connection hub for the sharing transformation. Shareable was co-founded by former corporate strategist Neal Gorenflo in 2009 in San Francisco, California. From there, Shareable created the Sharing Cities Network in the attempt to connect all sharing initiatives on an urban level (Marsh, 2013). Shareable works both as an online magazine, promoting sharing practices among local communities through the means of storytelling, and as an action and connection hub organizing and coordinating the Sharing Cities international network.

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-ShareMelbourne (Australia)

Shareable- ShareBloomington (USA)

Shareable-ShareableAthens (Greece)

Shareable-Co-Bologna&LabGov (Italy)


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

Sharing City Gijón (Spain)

Sharing City Nijmegen (Netherlands)



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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