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From 'Smart City' to 'collective intelligence': radical change in Barcelona

June 1, 2015 by Kate Shea Baird

Barcelona en Comú party celebrates

Barcelona's recent elections saw the professionalized, Smart City of incumbent mayor Xavier Trias lose to the idea of a city governed by the 'collective intelligence' of its citizens, advocated by Ada Colau. So what can the world can expect to see from a Barcelona governed 'in common' over the next four years?[read more]


Neal Gorenflo on the Sharing Cities Network [WEBCAST]

July 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Neal and his book Share or Die

In this video webcast David Thorpe talks to Neal Gorenflo, co-founder of, a nonprofit with a mission to empower everyone to share for a more joyous, resilient, and equitable world. Its Sharing Cities Network connects local sharing grassroots activists around the world.[read more]


WEBCAST: Jeremiah Owyang on Sustainability and the Collaborative Economy

June 23, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jeremiah Owyang

The collaborative economy is a new buzzword about trends that are changing the way people interact with each other and do business, and it is claimed that it is a more sustainable model than the traditional one. Here to talk about this is Jeremiah Owyang, the Chief Catalyst and Founder of Crowd Companies, which focuses on how large companies tap the collaborative economy.[read more]

Transport NAMA Database: Sharing the Work of Developing Countries and Technical Experts

November 15, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Transport Information and Development

Transport currently accounts for nearly 20% of global energy use and related CO2 emissions, approximately 40% of which are emitted from urban transport. Transport emissions are expected to increase by 57% worldwide from 1990 levels by 2030 and more than 80% by 2050.[read more]

Can Cupcakes Inspire Collaborative Consumption in our Cities?

February 21, 2012 by This Big City

When Kirsty, my sister’s sister-in-law, arrived at Christmas with cupcakes in jam jars exquisitely wrapped we knew she had a product worth developing… and eating! Like many of us, Kirsty has a dream, to spend her working week doing what she is truly passionate about. Regrettably, mega corporations, the big banks and a global recession...[read more]

The Explosion of 'Sharing'

May 27, 2011 by Daniel O'Connor

I am a member of a student led city Bike Share scheme- ScratchBikes . The biggest positive for me about the scheme is that it shows that people's attitude to ownership is changing. You don't need to buy a bike any more- you can share one. As well as the health benefits - Bike Sharing has massive cost and environmental...[read more]