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Shareable is a nonprofit with a 10 year history of catalyzing the global sharing movement through solutions journalism, campaigns, and consulting.

Shareable was founded in 2009 with the belief that ordinary people can meet the biggest challenges we face today by working together.

As one reader put it, “The greatest things that humans do to overcome their problems together and make their lives better, they are on Shareable.”

Our faith in this proposition has only grown as our work has deepened — we now have nearly 5,000 stories on this site of people making their lives better together.

Whether it’s climate change, economic inequality, or affordable housing — many aren’t waiting around for help. They’re meeting the challenges with their neighbors, often in surprisingly creative ways.

This is Shareable’s community. This is an invitation for you to join us in growing the sharing movement.

Here are the best ways to get started:

  • Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter to learn about the latest sharing innovations, events, research, and campaigns. It’s a great way to connect to the sharing movement.
  • Donate to Shareable to get premium access to our reporting, publications, and events.
  • Volunteer. Help us find, tell, and spread great sharing stories or collaborate with us on one of our events or campaigns.
  • Start a sharing initiative. We can help! Drop us a line at info@shareable.net.

Shareable’s community believes in the power of us. If you share this belief, then join us! What to know us better? Then please check out our FAQ.

FAQ

What is Shareable?

Shareable is an award-winning nonprofit media outlet, action network, and consultancy with a mission to empower communities to share.

We’re most known for our daily solutions-based reporting on Shareable.net and for catalyzing several movements including the Sharing Economy, Sharing Cities, and Platform Cooperativism.

We’ve published several books including our most recent, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.

The campaigns we’ve led or supported — including MapJams, ShareFests, Global Sharing Week, Save Seed Sharing, MAKESMTHNG Week — have engaged hundreds of thousand of people in new, more sustainable ways to manage resources.

We also advise governments, organizations, and leaders about how to achieve their goals through sharing. This has included work for Seoul Metropolitan Government, the city and county of San Francisco, University of Lund, the Sharing Economy Association of Japan, and more. You can learn more about our services here.    

What is Shareable’s mission?

Shareable is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.

What are Shareable’s values?

The Commons: Ensuring everyone can access and steward the commons, the source of our prosperity, well-being, and resilience.

Sharing: We’re passionate about the transformative power of sharing which brings joy, increases productivity, builds community, distributes wealth equitably, and reduces environmental impact.

Inspiration: The best stories, case studies, and role models inspire positive change.

Action: We learn by doing, lead by example, and advance new leaders in the sharing community.

Community: We are empowered by our commitment to our values, each other, and our community.

Diversity: Including diverse players, perspectives, and practices supports better outcomes.

Collaboration: Achieving our goals is best accomplished by working well with others.

Fun: The best solutions are so much fun that we can’t resist them.

What are Shareable’s diversity principles?

First and foremost, our coverage communicates strongly that we’re all in it together and that we believe in a broad agenda for the common good. We seize the opportunity to weave a rich, multicolored tapestry of sharing solutions that reflects and is inviting to every person no matter their race, gender, geography, class, religion, ability, or ideology.

We focus our editorial agenda on our readers’ most common and essential needs and opportunities, such as housing, food, transportation, jobs, and information access.

Our work focuses on common good, sharing solutions while acknowledging the broader social and historical context about inequities and obstacles based on race, religion, gender, and sexuality.

We develop empathy among ourselves as well as in our coverage and readership. We listen to and make a sincere effort to understand and respect various communities’ perspectives.

We make a continual effort to build a diverse team of board members, staff, contributors, sources, readers, and projects.

We seek out examples of people sharing across race, class, and gender lines. We aim to reduce prejudice by showing different groups working together. We make use of research to understand and combat these issues. When available, we use data to explain and address the scope of the problem.

We take care to present sharing as a nonpartisan, common good-oriented solution appropriate for all people, organizations, and communities.

We tell stories about people sharing in diverse communities in the U.S. and abroad, including those under-represented in the media that share mainly with their own members. We acknowledge the varied origins and deep history of sharing across the planet.

We use language that is clear, accessible, and respectful to readers on all points of the ideological spectrum. We avoid using divisive, ideologically loaded, and elitist jargon. We develop our own critical thinking to discuss diversity as a vital part of sharing solutions.

We recognize that the struggles of people from low and middle-income groups are converging in many places. We seek stories that highlight how they’re using sharing to meet their needs.

How do you donate to Shareable?

Shareable is a 501(c)(3) through our fiscal sponsor Tides Center and accepts (and greatly appreciates!) tax deductible donations. You can donate online using Paypal or major credit cards on our donation page here or you can send a check or money order payable to Shareable/Tides Center to:

Shareable
487 Central Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043

We also accept donations from trusts and through wire transfers. If you’d like to donate this way, please contact info@shareable.net.

What are Shareable’s services?

Shareable offers a variety of professional services to support our mission to empower communities to share. Generally speaking, we help governments, organizations, and leaders achieve their goals through sharing. Click here to learn more about how we can help you.

How do you contact Shareable?

Send us an email at info@shareable.net

We still get snail mail too at:
Shareable
487 Central Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043

How do you follow Shareable on social media?

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

How do you subscribe to Shareable’s weekly newsletter?

Sign up for our weekly updates with the latest on sharing here (https://www.shareable.net/newsletter)

How do you submit a story tip?

Subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter to learn about the latest sharing innovations, events, research, and campaigns. It’s a great way to connect to the sharing movement.Got a story idea for us? Submit your suggestion here (https://podio.com/webforms/19406467/1574904)

I’m a journalist. How do you pitch a story idea to Shareable’s editor?

To pitch a story, please submit your idea here (https://podio.com/webforms/19406467/1574904) and we’ll be in touch.

How do you sponsor Shareable?

Shareable works with its partners to create tailored sponsorship packages to fit your budget and needs. Visit our sponsorship page for more information.