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A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders

Policies for Shareable Cities

The Sustainable Economies Law Center and Shareable have jointly released the first ever policy brief of its kind, called Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders. It details 32 specific policy steps that local leaders can take to benefit from the growing sharing economy and support innovations such as carsharing, ridesharing, cohousing, cooperatives, and urban agriculture.

Please share this with every urban leader, mayor, city planner, or council member you know! 


Cities are built for sharing. It’s what makes cities engines of prosperity, innovation, and cultural exchange. Well connected cities have the unique capacity to raise per capita production and innovation while using dramatically less energy. For this reason, cities may be our best hope forachieving widespread prosperity within the earth’s natural limits.
Today, new circumstances have created an unprecedented opportunity to amplify cities as platforms for sharing. People are already acting on this opportunity. Driven by economic need and empowered by new technologies, they’re creating new, more resilient ways of providing food, jobs, hous-ing, goods, and transportation for themselves and each other in cities.

Policies for Shareable Cities

Shareable/Sustainable Economies Law Centre

5 Comments on "A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders"

  1. J-Gav on Wed, 11th Sep 2013 5:04 pm 

    “Cities are built for sharing.”

    Nice idea! I was once a Boy Scout too!

    Not sayin’ nothing can be done – I’m fully aware that a lot of positive things are already happening in a number of cities. That doesn’t change the fact that the most positive thing a big city-dweller can do is to get the hell out!

  2. GregT on Wed, 11th Sep 2013 10:29 pm 


    Totally agree! Get out now while the getting is still good.

  3. BillT on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 1:33 am 

    This article should be a fiction novel. Not going to happen in today’s Western world of greed. Every politicization’s only goal is to be reelected so he/she can keep feeding at the public trough for the rest of their lives.

    Cities are death traps. All rely on JIT food. water and electric from outside to remain alive. Three days cut off and the real human emerges, willing to kill and steal to stay alive. By then there is no way out. If you didn’t leave before, you will likely die there in a few days or weeks.

    Imagine a few million people without their tranquilizers and coffee/beer. TV, or internet. Cell phones dead. Toilets that don’t flush (no water).
    Refrigerator full of rotting. moldy food. No lights, fans, A/C or I-toys. Maybe in the middle of a cold winter and snow. No heat. No cars, no emergency services, no hospitals, nothing. THAT is a city without electric power and outside deliveries.

    Can you imagine New York City cut off in the middle of January? Power down, roads impassible, water frozen in the pipes because there is no heat. Stores empty after 3 days. Minus 20C/-4F with a wind chill of minus 20F? For weeks maybe? Cannot happen you say? I bet they thought a Sandy couldn’t happen either. A Sandy-like Nor-easterner could do it. An ice storm with a few feet of drifting snow could do it, followed by Arctic temperatures. Any thing is possible today.

    Cities are death traps…

  4. Kira Maixner on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 8:46 pm 

    It is great to see the shareable economy racing forward! These policies are great and will lead us into a sustainable future!

  5. GetMyBoat on Thu, 12th Sep 2013 8:50 pm 

    We are so happy to see “sharing” come into the limelight. There is an unbelievable amount of unused assets in our world and it is time to make use of these items. Access is the new ownership and we are happy to be a part of the movement!

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