On the positive side, the sharing of goods and services among citizens and local businesses benefits the local economy, improves social cohesion and boosts sustainability and overall quality of life. But there are challenges too. The blurring line between public and private activities may lead to friction between different stakeholders and forces cities to reconsider policies and regulations (i.e. taxation, licensing and zoning). A growing number of cities from around the world are placing the sharing economy at the centre of their overall strategy. Many of those cities have the ambition to become a sharing city: a city that unlock new opportunities and solve urban challenges by facilitating and applying the sharing economy.
The Sharing Cities Alliance was established on the 18th of May, 2017 in New York City during the world’s second Sharing Cities Summit. City leaders from 22 cities from 13 countries and 4 continents came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy.
The Sharing Cities Alliance is an independent foundation that connects cities from all continents, and fosters city-to-city learning, empowering city governments to continuously address the sharing economy.
"Not only because it will make cities faster and more efficient in acting on societal disruptions, but also because it will allow cities to team up and jointly work on new legislation when they are dealing with issues that involve the rise of large platforms. Through the Alliance, cities are building a global answer to a global phenomenon." The Huffington Post, June 2017.
Becoming an associate is recommended to cities that have just learned about the sharing economy. Cities that are doing desk research on what research is out there, what other cities are doing and which directions are of interest to the local context. Joining the Alliance as an associate will save lots of time in getting an overview plus a monthly update on Sharing Cities projects, policies and research from around the world. The Alliance team will simply do that work for you.
Becoming a partner is recommended to cities that recognize the potential and the challenges of the sharing economy. Cities that want to increase awareness within and outside of the city government, and that want to start developing strategies, setting priorities and exploring potential pilot projects. Joining the Alliance as a partner will provide your city with tailor-made advice. This includes: access to online interactive seminars by experts on the topics of your choice; four online one-on-one sessions with an expert; access to a yearly summit, and an overview plus a monthly magazine that updates you on Sharing City activities and research from around the world. Being a partner you can showcase your projects through all communications of the Alliance.
Becoming a premium partner is recommended to cities that want to start building the sharing economy today. Cities that are ready to build and implement strategies, pilot projects and renew policies. Joining the Alliance as a premium partner will provide your city with everything regular partners receive, plus a Sharing City Expedition. Over two separate visits by our experts, a group of your fellow citizens will journey from Awareness, to Play, to Impact. The expedition is designed to inspire and educate through a presentation, to get creative, create mutual understanding and make a real impact through a variety of workshop formats. After the expedition your city is well on its way making the most of the sharing economy.
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“This new network is going to be phenomenally useful to cities like New York. Until now, we’ve each navigated the sharing economy on our own. We’ve often been reactive, regulating in response to one company or one sector at a time. Now, we can strategize for the future,” New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.