Global Sharing Week, one of the world’s biggest celebrations of the impact of sharing in the world as a tool for collective action and change, began June 16 and will run through June 21. The theme of the fifth annual event is “The Power of Sharing to Change the World.” So far, 370 events are registered to be a part of the global week-long event, with topics varying from sustainability to maker fairs. In 2017, Global Sharing Week reached more than 100 million people, and the goal is to reach even more people this year. It is easy to become involved with Sharing Week, which includes events worldwide. People interested in getting involved can visit the website to find events happening near them, wherever they are.
Organizers encourage pop up events, like inviting friends and family for a public share at a nearby park or community space. A sharing event could be a picnic, a clothing or toy swap. Organizers are also still actively seeking volunteers, partners, and sponsors to help grow the impact of the event.
The goal of events like Global Sharing Week are not just to encourage sharing, but also to increase awareness of the concept of the real sharing economy, which refers to the sharing of goods, resources and ideas between people. It could involve swapping, trading, crowdsourcing, and much more. As the real sharing economy movement continues to grow and technologies keep developing to help make it easier to share between people, events like Global Sharing Week are likely to become more ubiquitous.