ShareFests are participatory events designed to connect the local sharing economy that range in size from intimate sharing events within community organizations like timebanks, to large three day public gatherings with over 3,000 people!
ShareFests create a real life model of the world we want, based in sharing, right now in our cities. The transformative experience of sharing is probably the most powerful way to change the story that we don't have enough and that we need to sell our lives in order to buy happiness. To share is to experience an abundant, caring, people-powered economy.
The movement is growing and a ShareFest can be a powerful way to kickstart the sharing economy in your city.
In 2014 Shareable supported individuals, community groups and organizations to host ShareFests in over 40 cities around the world. Focused on the transformational experience of sharing, these events were co-created by sharing organizations and the public.
The 'Sharing Movement' has grown by leaps and bounds, and this year, as a testament to this maturation, local groups have taken the reigns and are independently hosting ShareFests across the globe!
Want to get in on the ShareFest action? Find a ShareFest near you below or host your own. It doesn't have to be a huge production (but it sure can be if you want!) and we are here to help.
Here are some resources to help you host an awesome ShareFest:
- ShareFest Guide
- How to Organize a ShareFest Webinar
- How to Organize a ShareFest Toolkit (google docs folder)
- ShareFest 2014 Video
- Interviews with ShareFest Organizers
- Sharing Cities Network Facebook Group
- ShareFest Toolbox with Table of Contents, ShareFest Activity Guides, Checklists, Forms, Spreadsheets, Media Kit and more
From Sao Paulo to Detroit, people in cities around the world organized ShareFests in the past with support from Shareable, the Sharing Cities Network, the Center for a New American Dream and other partners.
These are some of the cities that hosted a ShareFest last year.
- San Francisco, CA,
- East Bay/Oakland, CA, (Creating Commons Festival + Revolution of the Gift) ShareFest all the month of May, hosted by PLACE for Sustainable Living, Dana Cafe and Oakland LocalWiki,
- Pasadena/Los Angeles Area, CA hosted by the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival and Armory Arts Center
- North Bay, CA hosted by Share Exchange and Extended Relative
- Detroit, MI hosted by Cass Corridor Commons
- Ann Arbor, MI hosted by A2Share
- Rochester, NY hosted by RocShare
- New York City, NY
Chicago, IL, hosted by Chicago Time Exchange
Madison, WI hosted by Dane County Timebank
- Denver, CO, hosted by Open Tech Collaborative
- Hartford, CT hosted by Public Allies CT
- Portland, OR Skillshare and ShareFest
- Asheville, NC hosted by Share Asheville
- Boston, MA, hosted by Share Boston
- Jackson, MS Coop Skillshare at Jackson Rising Conference
- Oahu, HI
- Liège, Belgium
- Brussels, Belgium
- Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Sao Paulo, Brazil,
- Hong Kong
- Lisbon, Portugal, several events hosted by Aga Khan Foudation,
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Barcelona, Spain
- Hague, Netherlands
- Melbourne, Australia
- Siderno, Italy
- Toronto, Canada
- Vienna, Austria
- Berlin, Germany
- Killaloe, Ontario Earth Day Share Fair
- Adelaide, Australia, hosted by Share & Save,
- Gothenburg, Sweden
- Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Amsterdam, Netherlands, hosted by Share NL,
- Tucson, AZ Map Jam
- Vancouver, BC Map Jam
- Brisbane, Australia
If you want to add your city to this list sign-up to promote your planned event or get help organizing one.