On the positive side, the sharing of goods and services among citizens and local businesses benefits the local economy, improves social cohesion and boosts sustainability and overall quality of life. But there are challenges too. The blurring line between public and private activities may lead to friction between different stakeholders and forces cities to reconsider policies and regulations (i.e. taxation, licensing and zoning). A growing number of cities from all continents are placing the collaborative economy at the centre of their overall strategy. Many of those cities have the ambition to become a sharing city: a city that unlock new opportunities and solve urban challenges by facilitating and applying the collaborative economy.
The Alliance provides them with best and worst practices from around the world. The alliance is run by collaborative economy experts who have worked with cities for years. By combining extensive expertise and facilitating city-to-city learning, the Alliance is able to provide each city with advice tailored to its specific needs.
Becoming a member is recommended to cities that have just learned about the sharing and collaborative economy. Cities that are doing desk research on what research is out there, what other cities are doing and which directions are of interest to the local context. Joining the Alliance as a member will save lots of time in getting an overview plus a monthly update on Sharing City projects, policies and research from around the world. The Alliance team will simply do that work for you.
Becoming a partner is recommended to cities that recognize the potential and the challenges of the collaborative economy. Cities that want to increase awareness within and outside of the city government, and that want to start developing strategies, setting priorities and exploring potential pilot projects. Joining the Alliance as a partner will provide your city with tailor-made advice. This includes: access to online interactive seminars by experts on the topics of your choice; four online one-on-one sessions with an expert; access to a yearly summit, and an overview plus a monthly update on Sharing City activities and research from around the world. Being a partner you can showcase your projects through all communications of the Alliance.
Becoming a premium partner is recommended to cities that want to start building the collaborative economy today. Cities that are ready to build and implement strategies, pilot projects and renew policies. Joining the Alliance as a premium partner will provide your city with everything regular partners receive, plus a Sharing City Expedition with an expert. Over three separate visits by our experts, a group of your choice from your city will journey from Awareness, to Play, to Impact. The journey is designed to inspire and educate through a presentation (first visit), to get creative and create mutual understanding between stakeholders by playing the Sharing City Game (second visit), and to start making a real impact in the Sharing City Workshop (third visit). After the journey your city is well on its way making the most of the collaborative economy.
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