Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

About Shareable’s book 

Cities are a key driver of the most urgent challenges societies face today including inequality, racism, social isolation, and climate change. Not to mention that billions of city dwellers are often unable to meet their basic needs for food, water, and housing.

Amidst this crisis lies tremendous opportunity for people to address these challenges together. Communities, organizations, and local governments are increasingly responding to challenges by reviving a basic human practice: sharing. By sharing their labor, space, goods, and more, people are overcoming scarcity by building and maintaining vital common resources. They show that sharing can lead everyone to have more, together.

“Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere. This book is a call to action meant to inspire readers, raise awareness, and strengthen the sharing movement worldwide. The book shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here.



Praise for the book

“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 Sharing Cities work

Shareable is a founder of the sharing cities movement. In 2011, we organized ShareSF in San Francisco, California — the first event about sharing and cities which catalyzed the movement. As the movement unfolded around the globe, we continued to support it through regular in-depth news coverage, specialty publications, campaigns, and consulting.

In 2013, Shareable published “Policies for Shareable Cities” — the first ever Sharing Cities policy guide — in collaboration with the Sustainable Economies Law Center. That same year, we launched the Sharing Cities Network to connect local sharing activists from around the world. Since then, dozens of cities have launched Sharing Cities programs. One of the most influential leaders is Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea, who we advised from 2013 to 2018. In 2016, Mayor Park won the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development for his Sharing Cities program. We also advise other city governments, social enterprises, and research organizations to advance the movement. Please drop us a line at to learn more about our services.

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