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Melbourne is in a state of transition and faces big challenges from climate change, inequality and the rise of automation. The sharing economy is a new story for a new economy based on the exchange of surplus stuff, skills and space between networks of peers. Cities are at the vanguard of sharing as hubs of creative innovation and have important choices to make in terms of protecting the public realm. Sharing Cities creates pathways for community participation by making public assets and infrastructure more amenable to sharing by opening access to data, buildings and underutilised spaces to support the urban commons. Join Darren and hear about the rise of Sharing Cities in the new economy and its impacts on how we produce, own and consume stuff in a carbon and resource constrained future.
Darren Sharp is a sharing economy strategist with a background in community engagement, research and consulting. As founder and Director of Social Surplus he leads strategy and facilitates capacity-building using strength-based approaches including asset-based community development, appreciative inquiry and human-centred design. He works with clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities through sharing. As the Australian editor of Shareable and Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network Darren provides thought leadership in social innovation, the urban commons and Sharing Cities. Darren is part of an international team writing a book on Sharing Cities for urban innovators and is a PhD candidate with the CRC for Low Carbon Living where he is undertaking research on Urban Living Labs for Sustainability Transitions.