The digital economy has helped the growth of the sharing economy.
The most obvious example is a services like AirBnB (where you can find people to rent out your spare room on a nightly basis). It’s not just the preserve of southern californians. This is a search for Dudley – Saturday night.
But there are far more ways to think about how sharing can make our cities better places to be and this was the subject being discussed last night at an event in Birmingham.
Julian Agyeman was discussing his book Sharing Cities: A case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities.
First some sketchy notes I made of the points he was making.
- The sharing economy can help to build equality in cities.
- Don’t do area projects, find opportunities for what he called urban acupuncture / pin pricks to relieve pain – He gave the example of the garden library in Medellin – the one time drug crime capital of Columbia. Built on a hillside where the slums had developed – this encourages new ways of being and connects the city in new ways.
- Sharing things helps us build relationships – however we may do that within out own existing networks. How do we create culturally inclusive spaces? Ones where people talk across what makes them different.
- Amsterdam is Europe’s first “sharing city”. www.konnektid.com helps people share knowledge with each other.
- A community land trust in Boston in the United States helped create space which is owned by the community for building permanently affordable housing and for creating urban farm, that are required to meet certain employment conditions and work in collaboration with local people and posh restaurants.
This is what he thinks a city should have on their to do list
- Map assets –
- Put sharabity in the tender/contracts
- Encourage Co production
- Measure sharing Walkscore -,sharescore
- Participatory budgets.
- Change taxation, planning and licensing