THERE ARE NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES THAT GROW OUT OF THE COLLABORATIVE/SHARING ECONOMY AND THE SHARING CITY INITIATIVE, SUCH AS:
- an increased sustainable- and efficient use of scarce resources;
- an enhanced affordability and accessibility of products and services for consumer;
- nurturing innovation of products & services;
- attracting creative industries and fostering a knowledge economy;
- increasing social cohesion and safety;
- improving efficiency of space and mobility;
- creating opportunities for new public-private partnerships;
- enabling growth of local economic investments;
- identifying possibilities of new means of existence;
- making accessibility easier and empowering for example entrepreneurs.
Cities experience many challenges, and many of them can in fact be solved through working with the concept of the Sharing City. Cities should start recognizing the Sharing City as a model that applies to solving a number of challenges. Cities should look at their own environment and circumstances to find an approach to become a Sharing City – every city is different and every city needs to utilize their local context and resources to become a Sharing City.
Cities need to take multiple steps towards the goal of becoming a Sharing City, and all players need to be involved in order to become successful. Research in the field and around Sharing Cities needs to be available for decision makers and implementers. Collaboration between all stakeholders, i.e. initiatives, companies, institutions and the government in the city is key in creating a consensus of the goal of a Sharing City. Thus, local initiatives should be involved in the process.
Source: Amsterdam Sharing City — shareNL