Social Media Week kicks off on September 24, with over 600 events in 14 cities around the world—90% of which are free to attend. This iteration of the biannual event will take place in: Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, Chicago, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Jeddah, LondonLos Angeles, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Torino and Vancouver. In addition to a wide range of workshops, activities and conversations on emerging trends in social and mobile media, here are twelve events that may be of interest to Shareable readers:

  1. Roundtable: Collaborative Consumption in Spain, panelists from Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Consumo Collaborativo, Grownies, OuiShare, and Social Car – Barcelona, September 10
  2. Sharing Economy-Social Change, one of three sharing economy events in Seoul, with this one focusing on the practical value and utility of the sharing economy in the wake of the recession – Seoul, September 24
  3. Sharing and the Sustainability of Creative Communities, about sharing digital works between individuals for culture and public expression – Torino, September 24
  4. The Social Impact of Airbnb – Barcelona, September 25
  5. Crowdfunding for Film – Berlin, September 25
  6. Crowdfunding, Do’s and Don’ts, the current state of global crowdfunding, including key points for launching a crowdfunding campaign – Barcelona, September 25
  7. Coworking Why It’s Good for Start-Ups – Berlin, September 26
  8. Collaborative Consumption, hosted by Joel Dullroy of Deskwanted – Berlin, September 26
  9. Sitting at the Cool Kids Table: How Collaborative Workspaces Are Transforming the Way We Work, a roundtable discussion with L.A. coworking spaces – Los Angeles, September 26
  10. Prepare to Share But Be Aware, about sharing ideas among businesses – Glasgow, September 27
  11. The Sharing Economy, hosted by The People Who Share as a way to regroup after their successful National Sharing Day in June – London, September 27
  12. Freeformers ‘Hack’ Coffee Shop, Freeformers will transform a coffee shop into a hack space with four tech jam sessions – London, September 28

This bonus event doesn’t have much to do with the sharing economy, but it does sound like fun: I Wanna Dance with Somebody…In Chicago! It's a coordinated multi-city dance off with DJs and dancers in Chicago and Berlin, September 26.

Check out the events and sign up soon! Registration opened a week ago and spaces are filling up quickly. And if you can't attend in person, you can follow the event hashtag (#SMW12) on social media, naturally.




I was Shareable's Online Community and Fundraising Director from January 2012 through January 2014.

Things I share: I don't own a car, so I share cars by using City CarShare. I have borrowed through Neighborgoods, given and received things via Craigslist, Freecycle, and Yerdle, exchanged on, and participated in the BACE Timebank.