Asset-Based Approach to the Urban Commons

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Darren Sharp:

"How does a city actually go about the task of making its assets, resources and infrastructure more amenable to sharing? This question is being addressed through a forthcoming book to be published by Shareable that will provide municipal governments and civic leaders with the best Sharing City models and actionable policies available.

The Sharing Cities Network has inspired sharing advocates to self-organise in cities the world over using asset mapping as a method to connect community groups and sharing enterprises to local government and build support for crosssector collaboration.53 Asset mapping is an important first step towards creating a Sharing City because it makes community assets more visible, helps convene local stakeholders for community building and enterprise development, and creates new opportunities for partnerships to emerge.

City governments have a major role to play in designing the infrastructure, services and regulations that enable sharing in all its forms and strengthen the urban commons through policies for Sharing Cities that support food, jobs, housing and transportation initiatives to keep and grow wealth in local communities."


More information

  • Orsi, J., Eskandari-Qajar, Y., Weissman, E., Hall, M., Mann, A., & Luna, M. (2013). Policies

for Shareable Cities: A sharing economy policy primer for urban leaders. Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center.