Imagine a city where this is possible. Where the more we share, the more we have. Where everyone wins. While ambitious, this dream is grounded in reality. Everything that's imagined above already exists. We know this because Shareable has written about these pockets of sanity nearly every day for the last five years. What’s missing is there’s no single city where all these models are brought together. And until now there have been few efforts to create such cities.
This is a call to change that. The time to build sharing cities is now. While there’s no complete sharing city yet, every city has a much bigger foundation to build on than people think. There are cooperatives, community gardens, tool libraries, time banks, bike kitchens, co-working and maker spaces, credit unions, farmers' markets nearly everywhere.
Making these oases of sharing visible will be an empowering first step for the network. After the Map Jam, the maps will be posted on Shareable for anyone to use, share, or copy. The network's next steps will be worked out together.
Here are some categories to help you brainstorm, but by no means is it an inclusive list:
Finance - credit unions, public banks, microfinance and local investment, ongoing crowdfunding dinners (Sunday Soup), socially responsible investing firms, community currencies, slow money chapters
Production - energy coops, producer coops, community gardens, coworking spaces, urban farms, hacker spaces, maker spaces, art collectives, fab labs, computer kitchens, repair cafes
Land/housing - public parks, open space, community centers, housing coops, community land trusts, intentional communities, cohousing developments
Services - public libraries, carsharing pods, bikesharing stations, worker coops, community or cooperative healthcare, bike kitchens, childcare collectives, preschool coops, timebanks, education coops, free skools, community owned media, infoshops
Distribution - food coops, farmer's markets, reuse stores, tool and seed libraries, barter markets, free stores, stationary free boxes and food pantries