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Mark your calendars: Global Sharing Week 2016 takes place June 5-11.

At a time when endless consumption and the privatization of the commons grows ever more pervasive, the simple act of sharing can be revolutionary. It challenges the notion that for-profit companies and other private enterprises must be the suppliers of all goods, services, and experiences in our day-to-day lives. That’s why people are coming together to share resources and knowledge with each other. It’s empowering, sustainable, and leads to stronger, more resilient communities.

To celebrate this growing international movement, Shareable is partnering with The People Who Share to organize the next annual Global Sharing Week — from June 5-11. Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.

Shareable was a founding partner of Global Sharing Week, from when it used to be Global Sharing Day. Due to its huge success, it has now become a week-long celebration. Last year, over 200 groups took part in more than 126 events across the globe.

So how can you participate?

You can see if there’s already an event planned near you, or host your own event — it can be as simple as pulling together a potluck or a clothes swap at your office. We encourage Shareable readers to try their hand at an event that’s a bit more advanced, such as hosting a skill share, running a MapJam, or organizing a community share fest. If you’re looking for inspiration and tips on how to run your own sharing event, check out our extensive How-To page.

Don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GlobalSharingWeek! If you organize or attend an event, remember to post your photos on the Global Sharing Week Flickr group and make sure to add a Creative Commons license to your photos.

Mai Sutton


Mai Sutton |

Mai is a freelance organizer and writer based in Oakland, California, focused on the intersection of human rights, solidarity economics, and the digital commons. She was formerly at Shareable as the Community Engagement