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City Conversations - The Sharing City

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The Building Centre

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The sharing economy can lead to a more equitable sharing of space and time and the rewards of work. How does it change the way we create and use the infrastructure of a city? It is argued that there is a deeper rethinking of the economics of living in cities: these ideas are not new – see for example William Morris News from Nowhere (1890) – but the theoretical ideas are more tangible on a wider scale as a result of new technologies. The sharing economy takes advantage of technology-enabled platforms to create efficiencies and value. However there can be unexpected consequences such as the exploitative impact of the gig economy. Key to the debate is who is in control – and under what set of rules. Does the private investment model work best in this area, or should we be encouraging more social enterprises. Should government – national, city wide and local - set the rules, or can we still aspire to the original goals of the internet where everyone can freely participate and benefit. We asked our panelists to come up the best examples of the sharing economy, including, if they wished, their own activities, and also instances of where these were disruptive in unforeseen ways. Where can we improve the city infrastructure to encourage more sharing?

Chaired by Mohamed Gaafar - Buro Happold Engineering

Panelists include

James Leay - Make Shift, a social enterprise that designs, builds new public destinations for work and play.

Georgie Cella - Olio, a sharing app to reduce urban food waste

Peter Bishop - Professor of Urban Planing at the Bartlett School of Architecture

Scott Barnes - Spacehive, a fundraising platform for communities

Jake Heitland - Commercial Manager – Development, Lendlease Europe, Loneliness Lab

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