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Welcome


Welcome to the Sharing Cities Alliance: the home for all city governments working on the challenges and the opportunities of the sharing economy and digital platforms.

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Welcome


Welcome to the Sharing Cities Alliance: the home for all city governments working on the challenges and the opportunities of the sharing economy and digital platforms.

‘The Sharing Cities Alliance aims to enable cities and their citizens to shape their own future through city-to-city collaboration, and enables city leaders to continuously address the sharing economy.’ 

World Economic Forum, 2018 

The sharing economy and digital platforms are changing cities

Cities from around the world are facing a number of sharing and platform economy related challenges such as consumer and worker rights, safety and security and data protection. The blurring lines between public and private activities are having an impact on licensing, zoning, taxation and regulation. On the other hand a growing number of cities are actively pursuing the opportunities of the sharing and platform economy to accomplish policy goals in the areas of social cohesion and inclusion, sustainability, economic resilience and innovation. 

Some cities are ahead in areas such as housing and tourism, while others are leading when it comes to for example entrepreneurship, mobility or citizen participation. Since the sharing and platform economy is changing and growing rapidly in cities, collaboration is essential. This is why, during the 2017 Sharing Cities Summit in New York City, the Sharing Cities Alliance was established.

LAUNCH IN NEW YORK CITY

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The Sharing Cities Alliance is a GLOBAL NETWORK OF CITY GOVERNMENTS, OPERATED BY An independent FOUNDATION

The Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation built on trust and transparency. Its core responsibility is to enable all partner cities to continuously unlock the opportunities and address the challenges of the sharing and platform economy. Its mission is to provide all partner cities (and beyond) with a collective memory and access to each others materials and experiences. By working together, each city administration is better able to work with and for its citizens, and to shape its future city.

"The sharing cities alliance is a game-changer" 

"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.

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Why Join


Why Join


Benefits of JOINING THE SHARING CITIES ALLIANCE:

  • Find affordable solutions for diverse urban challenges such as; housing, transportation, parking, healthcare, ageing population, waste and unemployment

  • Enable sustainable growth

  • Boost entrepreneurship and the creation of new jobs

  • Steer the advancement of technology towards facilitating more social inclusion

  • Increase access to education at lower costs

  • Learn about the implications of the newest technologies for the people living and working in the city

  • Reshape the city government to bring it up to date with current developments

  • Unlock value in your city to empower citizens, local businesses and other organisations

  • Reduce government spending by making more efficient use of public spaces and services

  • Find solutions for policy and regulatory challenges such as: taxation, zoning, licensing and insurance

  • Improve overall quality of life

  • Increase effective citizen participation

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Join


Join


BY JOINING THE SHARING CITIES ALLIANCE, YOUR CITY BECOMES PART OF A GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM OF FRONTRUNNING CITIES

BECOME PARTNER OF THE SHARING CITIES ALLIANCE AND:

  • Work together with teams from other cities on common opportunities and challenges through online seminars and yearly summits

  • Get direct access to ALEX, the Alliance Lexicon. This is a digital database where you can learn from the experience of other cities through case studies, policies and research

  • Stay up-to-date on the most relevant developments from around the world through an inspiring monthly magazine.

  • Schedule digital one-on-one sessions with a team member from the Alliance foundation who will help you navigate the network and contents, and projects taking place within the Sharing Cities Alliance

  • Showcase your cities activities to a global audience 

GO PREMIUM

Joining the Alliance as a premium partner will provide your city with full access to all the activities of the Sharing Cities Alliance, plus a full-day visit by a member of the Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation. The purpose of this visit is to help the various teams within your municipal organisation with their sharing and platform economy related opportunities, challenges and strategies. It is up to you to decide on formats such as: presentations, roundtable sessions, workshops, side-visits and one-on-one conversations.

GO LIGHT

Joining the Alliance as an associate partner will provide your city with full access to all the contents of Sharing Cities Alliance but not to the interaction. The associate partnership enables your city administration to follow everything that is taking place, without taking part in the (hosting of) summits and online seminars.

ALL CITY GOVERNMENTS AFFECTED BY OR INTERESTED IN THE SHARING ECONOMY AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE SHARING CITIES ALLIANCE  

OVERVIEW

  • Full access to ALEX, the Alliance Lexicon, including access to the recordings of online seminars and summits

  • Monthly online magazine

  • Yearly online one-on-one sessions with a member of the Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation

  • Access to the annual Sharing Cities Summit

  • Access to online seminars

  • The possibility to host a summit and/or seminar

  • The opportunity to suggest topics of and for online seminars, summits, magazines and ALEX

  • Quarterly online one-on-one sessions with a member of the Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation

  • Showcase your projects & best practices

  • Full access to ALEX, the Alliance Lexicon

  • Monthly online magazine

 

  • A member of the Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation visits your city

  • Access to the annual Sharing Cities Summit

  • Access to online seminars

  • The possibility to host a summit and/or seminar

  • The opportunity to suggest topics of and for online seminars, summits, magazines and ALEX

  • Quarterly online one-on-one sessions with a member of the Sharing Cities Alliance Foundation

  • Showcase your projects & best practices

  • Full access to ALEX, the Alliance Lexicon

  • Monthly online magazine

Take a look at a magazine

meet THE ALLIANCE LEXICON (ALEX)

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Cities


Cities


The founding cities of the Sharing Cities Alliance are New York City, Amsterdam, Seoul, Copenhagen and Toronto. Since the launch, other cities that have joined are: The Hague, Dallas, Washington D.C., Barcelona, Gothenburg, Malmö, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Ghent and Maribor.

 

why do city leaders decide to join the sharing cities alliance?

‘This new network is 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’. I do want to strenuously argue for cities to join the Sharing Cities Alliance.’
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Alicia Glen - Deputy Mayor of New York City

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“Developments in the sharing and platform economy can go fast. Sometimes governments cannot keep up at the same pace as the platforms. In Cities we know that we depend on national regulations or European regulations and that also takes a lot of time. We don’t have that time. Therefore I think that the Sharing Cities Alliance is very important because there we can learn from each other. We can immediately exchange information. So we know from each other how we are dealing with issues and what we are saying to the companies from the platform economy that are active in our cities. This makes us stronger as cities. I really believe it is necessary to make sure that we profit from the positive effects, but that we also deal with the negative effects. I think that the platform companies are quite aware of the fact that the cities are aligning through the Sharing Cities Alliance.

The Sharing Cities Alliance is very important for Amsterdam. It means easy access to knowledge, research and case studies regarding the sharing & platform economy.”
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Kajsa Ollongren - Former Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam

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“We have a traditional saying: ‘if you both suffer from the same disease, it is better to sympathise with each other.’ Together we can learn to better use existing resources to become more sustainable.  Together we will be better able grasp the opportunity and to deal with the challenges offered to us by the sharing economy. I would like all cities to join forces and overcome our challenges together."
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Ma Chae-sook, Director of Social Innovation, Seoul Metropolitan Government

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"The issues we face are similar to other cities. Being part of the Sharing Cities Alliance offers us the opportunity to discuss our ideas, share our successes, failures and challenges. It enables us to collectively figure out how we can make our cities what they need to be."
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Ernest Chrappah, Director Department Vehicle For-Hire, Washington D.C.

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best practices from cities around the world

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AMSTERDAM

The City of Amsterdam collaborates with sharing platforms to solve social issues and to ensure a sharing economy for all. The city connected their city pass, a free card offering discounts or free entry to events and services for low-income groups, to sharing platforms.

SEOUL

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that they established the first privately shared bicycle operation standard. The operational standard specifies guidelines to maximise the advantages of the shared bicycles while preventing the revealed problems such as citizen safety, city appearance, and public nature.

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WASHINGTON D.C.

The popularity of ride sharing and hailing in Washington D.C. has increased enormously. D.C.’s Department For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) is taking an active role to ensure accessible and affordable transportation for everyone. The city started pilot projects, leveraging big data, and created their own digital platform.

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GOTHENBURG

The city of Gothenburg, Sweden won the Eurocities 2017 Circular Economy Participation award with their Smart Map: a tool that maps the sharing economy in Gothenburg city. The Smart Map includes over 100 sharing initiatives and facilitates sharing in the city.

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Media


Media