Darren Sharp is a sharing economy strategist with a background in community engagement, research and consulting.
As Director of Social Surplus he leads strategy and facilitates capacity-building using strength-based approaches including Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and Human-Centred Design. He works with public sector clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities through sharing.
As the Australian editor of Shareable, Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network and a global curator for Collaborative Consumption, Darren provides thought leadership in social innovation, the urban commons and sharing cities.
Darren is a PhD candidate and project officer for Livewell Yarra, a community-based carbon reduction trial funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living in partnership with the City of Yarra and the Yarra Energy Foundation.
He was social media project leader with the Smart Services CRC based at Swinburne University of Technology. As principal researcher on a project commissioned by Multimedia Victoria in 2004 he explored future trends in community uptake of the Internet. Darren also co-authored the Smart Internet 2010 report on the future of the Internet, and User-led Innovation which presents a roadmap for organisations to leverage the participation of their audiences, customers and citizens to co-create new services.
Darren has been invited to speak at a range of national and international conferences including the National Library of Australia's Innovative Ideas Forum in Canberra and the 3rd International Living Knowledge conference in Paris. He was also an associate editor of the website Australian Policy Online, produced multimedia for SBS New Media and Eclipse Group and has been interviewed by The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, ABC Radio National & Federal News Radio (Washington D.C.) providing expert commentary on the transformation of business, government & community via participatory culture.
He lives with his wife and three kids in Melbourne, Australia.
Specialities: the sharing economy, Appreciative Inquiry, Asset Based Community Development, Human-Centred Design, community engagement, sharing cities, and social innovation.