Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

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“Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” witnesses a growing global movement through over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to common urban challenges and a people-powered antidote to a corporate-driven smart city agenda. This book is a call to action meant to inspire urban planners, local governments, policymakers, activists, and community leaders worldwide. The book shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here.


“Sharing Cities” shows that the answer is us. It lays out a vision, with concrete examples, of how we can ease pressure on the planet, increase access to the things people need, and strengthen our democracy through sharing. Read this book and let’s get started building a better world!” — Annie Leonard, executive director, Greenpeace USA and author of “The Story of Stuff”

“By far the best single guide to the exploding commons revolution: Practical and revolutionary; immediate and far-seeing; a truly indispensable and fast-moving handbook on the change that is building community from the ground-up worldwide.” — Gar Alperovitz, co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and author of “What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution”

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Our work

Sharing Cities is much more than a book. It’s a worldwide movement that Shareable catalyzed in 2011 by hosting ShareSF, the first conference about the sharing economy in cities. As the movement grew, Shareable continued to support it through news coverage, specialty publications, campaigns, and advisory.

In 2013, Shareable published “Policies for Shareable Cities” — the first-ever policy guide about sharing in cities — with the Sustainable Economies Law Center. That same year, we launched the Sharing Cities Network to connect local sharing activists around the world. Since then, over 100 cities have launched sharing programs. One of the most influential leaders in Seoul, South Korea, who we advised from 2013 to 2018. In 2016, Mayor Park won the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development for Seoul’s sharing program. In 2018, we published this book to illustrate a vision for commons-based urban development.

In addition to movement building, Shareable also advises city governments, social enterprises, and research organizations about how to reach their goals through sharing. Please drop us a line at to learn more about our services.

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Sharing Cities Project

Khushboo Balwani
Neal Gorenflo
Tom Llewellyn
Daniel Araya
Darren Sharp
Sharon Ede
Adrien Labaeye
Ryan Conway
Leila Collins
Nikolas Kichler
Simone Cicero
Marco Quaglia
Emily Skeehan
Kristen Hewitt
Ryan Gourley