We have been invited to speak at OuiShare which looks like it will be a pretty awesome time in Paris in May!
OuiShare is think-and-do-tank with the mission to empower citizens, public institutions and
companies to create a collaborative economy: an economy based on sharing, collaboration and
openness, relying on horizontal networks and communities. We believe that such an economy
can solve many of the complex challenges the world faces, and enable everyone to access to
the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
Started in January 2012 in Paris, OuiShare is now an international leader in the collaborative
economy field. A non-profit organization which has rapidly evolved from a handful of enthusiasts
to a global movement in 25 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, our network
of 50 expert “Connectors” engage over 2000 members and contributors worldwide.
What we do
OuiShare activities consist of building community, producing knowledge and incubating projects
around the topics of communities and the collaborative economy, as well as offering support to
individuals and organizations through professional services and education.
1. Community Building
● Regular events and meetups in local communities across the globe
● Large scale events and conferences such as OuiShare Fest
● Online conversations groups (per city, language or topic) for community members
● Creating links between community members and with existing networks
2. Knowledge Production (think tank)
● Publishing in-depth analysis from community members in the OuiShare Magazine
● Animating a global network of experts via knowledge groups (transport,
● Research papers and studies about the collaborative economy and communities
● Workshops and co-creation of events about public policy and economic models
● Publications such as manifestos, white papers, public policy briefs, books, etc.
● Public Speaking at various events, conferences and seminars
3. Project Incubator (do tank)
Development of projects and tools to foster the collaborative economy, such as:
● OuiShare Magazine, our contributive online magazine launched in July 2012
● OuiShare Jobs, a job board focused on the collaborative economy
● OuiKit, a community lab to experiment resource sharing systems within the OuiShare
A number of OuiShare members have been individually freelancing as consultants on their
respective geographical areas with their specific angle/specialization. In order to benefit from
the potential of the collective knowledge and workforce, a commercial branch of professional
services is being currently set up, and will work with people and organizations large and small
seeking to move the collaborative economy forward.
● Founded in January 2012, OuiShare now has over 2000 members from 25 countries in
Europe, the Middle East, North and Latin America.
● Over 120 events organised in 55 cities
● Over 80 different online discussion groups
● The first international OuiShare Fest about the Collaborative Economy in Paris attracted
over 3,000 visitors in 3 days (2 – 4 May 2013).
What is the Collaborative Economy?
The collaborative economy is defined as practices and business models based on
horizontal networks and participation of a community, transforming how we live, work
This economy is built on distributed power and trust within communities as opposed to
centralized institutions, blurring the lines between producer and consumer. These communities
meet and interact on online networks and peer-to-peer platforms, as well as in shared spaces
such as fablabs and coworking spaces.
The phenomenon can be seen as the sum of the following key developments:
● Collaborative Consumption
Collaborative consumption is the seamless circulation of products and services among
individuals through sharing, swapping, trading, renting, borrowing or giving, fostering
access over ownershipand reducing waste.
● Crowdfunding and Person-to-Person Banking
Crowdfunding and person-to-person banking enable the circulation of capital between
individuals to fund creative, social and entrepreneurial projects.
● Open Knowledge
Open knowledge enables anyone to freely use, reuse, and redistribute knowledge such as
content, data, code or designs. This principle is the foundation of commons-based peer
production (such as free software, the creative commons, open science, …) as well
asopen education, open data and open governance.
● Open Design and Manufacturing
Open design and manufacturing democratize the process of designing, producing and
distributing physical goods by combining open knowledge with distributed infrastructures.
They rely on tools, spaces, communities and marketplaces and are fueled by the maker
movement, the culture of hacking and Do-It-Yourself (DIY).
● Open and Horizontal Governance
Open and horizontal governance are transforming organizations, public services and civic
action. Leading examples include civic engagement platforms, participatory budgeting,
open government initiatives, co-operatives, open value networks, horizontal organizations,
swarms, do-cracries and holacracies.