Economic inequality. Political instability. Environmental crisis. These are challenging, divisive times. But there's a strong movement of people who are strengthening their communities by creating tangible, replicable solutions based on sharing and collaboration. All around the world, there are countless stories of people working together for the common good — stories of people launching energy cooperatives, developing open-source platforms, starting participatory budgeting projects, setting up community gardens, making neighborhood food pantries, building cooperative arts spaces, and so much more.
Since Shareable was founded eight years ago, we've published thousands of stories that explore how people are creating these kinds of innovative, community-based solutions in almost every sector of society, and how cities are developing policies that support these sharing initiatives. We've reached millions of readers, catalyzed thousands of projects, and even started a few movements.
While we've come a long way, we have so much further to go. Every day we hear of incredible stories of people solving problems together, but we don't have the resources to cover them all. But now, more than ever, we need to document these stories — not only for inspiration or upliftment — but to show that there are real solutions to many problems facing the world today.
We've started this process with the publication of our latest book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons." This collection of 137 case studies and policies showcases how city residents around the world are using commons-based strategies to meet their basic needs, including housing, food, transportation, and energy.
This work shows that not only is another world is possible, but that the building blocks of it are already here. Please help us tell more of these underreported stories. We rely on the support of readers like you for our high-impact solutions journalism.
What does your donation mean to Shareable?
In short, everything. Last year we launched our Three-Year Strategic Plan, which has already helped us become a more focused and impactful organization. But we have a long way to go. A key point in the plan is to establish Shareable as a financially resilient organization by 2020. This crowdfunding campaign is a big step toward that goal — with your help Shareable can grow and thrive.
Aside from the lasting success of Shareable, your donations will go towards these projects in 2018:
A distributed, community-driven "Sharing Cities" book tour. We’ll equip our community to organize book events around the world.
Make the entire book available under a Creative Commons BY-SA license
Deepen our reporting in marginalized, overlooked communities
Double the number of people we engage through our storytelling
A new website to grow our readership and engage our core community more effectively
Our goal of $100,000 is ambitious, but so is Shareable.
Please join us in our mission to create a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to Shareable — we have several giving levels and sponsorship options that make donating as easy as possible.
Thank you for your support, from Shareable's core team,
Neal, Joslyn, Tom, Ambika, and Chris
Is Shareable a nonprofit organization?
Yes. Shareable is a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Where will my name be listed as a contributor?
We will post the names of all contributors (who haven't requested to be anonymous) on this contributor’s page. We'll be updating the list regularly, but it may take a few days for your name to appear.
What are the gifts and when will I receive mine?
A link to download a PDF version of "Sharing Cities" will be sent to the provided email within two business days. The Kindle/iPad version and physical gifts will be shipped or emailed by 12/15/2017. The one-on-one consulting can be tailored to personal or business related topics based on your needs. All physical gifts are made using recyclable materials through union affiliated or worker owned companies.
Speaking of the "Sharing Cities" book, what is it all about?
"Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" showcases policies and case studies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries that embody the spirit and practicalities of sharing. To read more about the book click here.
How do I donate by check or wire transfer?
I can't complete my donation because the form will not take non-U.S. phone numbers. What do you recommend?
If you have a problem entering your phone number, you can use this alternate number: 222-333-4444
How can I participate other than making a donation?
You can share this link with your friends, family, and other networks. We are constantly looking to expand our reach to people and would greatly appreciate your help in sharing our work with more readers.
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