The sharing economy is the Future of Life. Transforming the very fabric of society, this year GSW took place between June 3rd to 10th, with events happening all over the world. In fact, this was our most successful Global Sharing Week since we initiated the event. 456 events were registered in 247 cities across 39 countries, on all continents.
Events this year included a mass Rubbish Run in Australia, a Disco Soupe (feeding hundreds from waste food) in France, the community Big Lunch in the UK, Double Haven Junk Boating in Hong Kong, the Big Beach Clean in Italy and the Super Digital Skills Share for Her in Kenya. In the UK, Norwich launched itself as a Sharing City and projected the Sharing City logo onto Norwich Castle for Global Sharing Week.
The Week also saw the release of ‘Why Share?’, a powerful song by 15-year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter, Rifka Ravenna about the benefits of sharing resources. The People Who Share commissioned Rifka to write the song, which encapsulates the reasons why Sharing can change lives.
Did you know there are over £3.5 trillion worth of idle human and physical resources in the world – and that unlocking access to these could solve major global challenges? Global Sharing Week invites everyone from individuals, to civic bodies, and corporations to add their event to the GSW map – and give the sharing economy movement that extra bit of momentum.
Examples of events include: clothes swaps, food shares, disco soups, picnics, skills swaps, grub clubs, give and get markets, potluck dinners, bake shares, co-working hackathons, maker fairs, reuse / recycling events – you name it. Check our 7 awesome ways to get involved.
In 2017 over 354 events took place in 113 cities, across 34 countries on every continent! It was a tremendous success and we reached over 5.5 million Twitter accounts. Check out here a bunch of images from the differents events that happened all over the world during the week.
At The People Who Share we believe everybody should experience the benefits of sharing. This is why in 2012 we created National Sharing Day - a day to celebrate sharing and encourage people to share. National Sharing Day was a huge success and became Global Sharing Day. In June 2015 we decided to go BIG, and we created Global Sharing Week. With activities and campaigns happening all over the world, #GlobalSharingWeek reached over 100 million people worldwide with over 126 registered events on every continent! We are proud to say that Global Sharing Week it's the world's largest mass engagement campaign helping millions of people to discover the Sharing Economy! Check out all the sharing action on Twitter.
We're looking for individuals and organisations interested in supporting the next Global Sharing Week. Find out more about our supporting opportunities (volunteers, partners, sponsors).
Thanks to everyone that made the first Global Sharing Week 2017 a great success! We’d also like to thank Lord Stone of Blackheath for his support at our launch event in London and a huge thanks to Global Sharing Week's lead sponsors RateSetter, Onfido, and Skrill.