On Sunday 19 October 2014, fifteen people gathered at Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe to map their knowledge of sharing and collaborative activity in Adelaide, and also to offer their ideas and thoughts as to how we can make our cities more ‘shareable’.
Here is a verbatim account of the knowledge people offered about sharing in Adelaide, and their ideas as to what else is possible and desirable for Adelaide to become a ‘sharing city’, along with their feedback about the Jam itself (which I call ‘Twitter Evaluation’ – a thought or a response that fits on a Post-It Note!):
What’s Already Happening?
What’s Possible, Desirable?
One of the most interesting and important pieces of feedback raised was this:
‘Fascinating yet elusive as to values that will inform the transformations. Helpful to glimpse possibilities. Will it make us more socially just?’
This is THE huge topic of debate right now among sharing advocates and activists internationally, as more and more venture-capital backed web platforms are creating the means for people to offer and access under or un-utilised space, stuff and time. While there are some advantages to these platforms, there are also some questions to consider. What do we mean by ‘sharing’? Is it just about transactions, or is it about transformation? Who benefits from sharing?
Just prior to the Map Jam, highly respected US ‘sharing lawyer’ Janelle Orsi of the Sustainable Economies Law Center released this short cartoon video (15 mins) in which she clearly outlines the main issues being discussed:
Share Adelaide supports the approach expressed by Orsi in this video about the values, the legal and financial structures of the true sharing economy, which is about strengthening the commons and putting power into the hands of citizens, not reinforcing the status quo. With the local government elections approaching in South Australia, I’d also like to recommend an excellent piece by Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren: ‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’.
As the site is by definition a mapping site, at this time only content that can be mapped can be included. We’re looking at other ways to get non-mappable stuff listed in a user-friendly way, along with other helpful functionality.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Map Jam, and to Stuart Gifford of Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe for hosting the event.
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