The Complete Guide to Hosting a #MapJam in Your City

The next round of the global #MapJam takes place June 5-11, during #GlobalSharingWeek. Join a Q&A session on Tuesday, May 17 at 9 a.m. PST by clicking on this link:


This guide will walk you through the process of hosting a #MapJam in your community to bring people togetherto map grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, the commons, and other community resources. By participating in our global #MapJam, you’re taking the first vital step towards creating a more resilient and equitable community. So far, hundreds of mappers in more than 100 cities have created nearly 90 community sharing maps.

If you’ve been waiting to map the sharing resources in your city or update your local map to feature new projects, hosting a #MapJam is a great opportunity to connect with your community and create an invaluable local resource.


A MapJam is an easy-to-organize event where a small, dedicated group of people get together for a few hours to map as many sharing services in their city or town as possible. Like a music jam, it should be fun, social, and interactive. Join the Sharing Cities Network Facebook group to get the latest updates and meet other participants.  

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14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events

Organizing a local sharing event is a great opportunity to bring people together and cultivate a culture of cooperation in your community. Whether it's a one-off skillshare or an annual ShareFest, events show people that sustainable, reciprocal societies are possible — and they're a lot of fun too.

With Global Sharing Week kicking off in a month, now is a great time to start organizing a sharing event. If you run an event the week of June 5-11, register it on the Global Sharing Week website, so we can help you spread the word. And if you take photos, upload them to this Flickr group

Here's a collection of our top articles on how to run successful sharing events — we hope these inspire you to plan one for your community. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need additional resources: info [at] shareable [dot] net

1.  How to Host a Great Sharing Event


Skillshare on urban beekeeping. Photo by Paula Junn

Check out these insights from leaders of the sharing movement on how to host sharing events that are inclusive, collaborative, and entertaining. They describe each step of the process, from the planning and programming stages, to running the event and following up with participants to keep them connected to this growing community of sharers.

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How #MapJam is Connecting the Global Sharing Movement

We're delighted to report that #MapJam 3.0 was a great success and a testament to the ever-growing interest in showcasing and utilizing community-based sharing resources. More than 200 people came to #MapJam events in cities around the world, including Beirut, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Toronto, to create and update public maps of resources in their communities that foster sharing. 

Most of the groups that participated in #MapJam in April launched community maps for the first time. They plan to continue the process of contributing to these maps in the coming months. Other groups that had already established community maps focused on updating and promoting them. You can view the full list of maps here

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Explore the New Economy's Potential During Global Sharing Week

At a time when endless consumption and the privatization of the commons grows ever more pervasive, the simple act of sharing can be revolutionary. It challenges the notion that for-profit companies and other private enterprises must be the suppliers of all goods, services, and experiences in our day-to-day lives. That's why people are coming together to share resources and knowledge with each other. It's empowering, sustainable, and leads to stronger, more resilient communities.

To celebrate this growing international movement, Shareable is partnering with The People Who Share to organize the next annual Global Sharing Week — from June 5-11. Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.

Shareable was a founding partner of Global Sharing Week, from when it used to be Global Sharing Day. Due to its huge success, it has now become a week-long celebration. Last year, over 200 groups took part in more than 126 events across the globe.

So how can you participate?

You can see if there's already an event planned near you, or host your own event — it can be as simple as pulling together a potluck or a clothes swap at your office. We encourage Shareable readers to try their hand at an event that's a bit more advanced, such as hosting a skill sharerunning a MapJam, or organizing a community share fest. If you're looking for inspiration and tips on how to run your own sharing event, check out our extensive How-To page.

Don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GlobalSharingWeek! If you organize or attend an event, remember to post your photos on the Global Sharing Week Flickr group and make sure to add aCreative Commons license to your photos.

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Shareable's Guides on How to Share

Need ideas and tips on getting a project started? Check out Shareable's collection of how-to guides on sharing in your community to help you save money, reduce waste, and build community.


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7 Awesome Ways You Can Be Part of Global Sharing Week

Originally published on The People Who Share blog on April 16, 2016

100 million people... five continents… 300+ partners… Last year's Global Sharing Week saw millions around the world celebrating and discovering the Sharing Economy! So how can you get involved? We’ve put together a list of seven awesome ways you can be part of it…

7 Awesome ways you can be part of Global Sharing Week

  1. Organise an event: It’s easy to organise an event for #GlobalSharingWeek. You could arrange a Pop Up Share by getting together with your friends for a picnic or clothes swap. Just pick a scenic public spot (e.g. a local park) and ask friends to bring along food, drink, and a picnic blanket to share. Put the picnic blankets together with food and drink in the middle, and start sharing. Check out our other top picks for more ideas. 
  2. Attend an event: There are events happening all over the world for Global Sharing Week. Check out our global events map (which is coming soon) for details of events near you.

  3. Join in the conversation on Twitter: You can be part of the global conversation and shout about what you are sharing using the hashtag #GlobalSharingWeek Don’t forget to post photos of what you are sharing!

  4. Become a Partner: If you an organization who’d like to be a partner, signing up is easy and free! You can join a network of partners from around the world to celebrate the real Sharing Economy and connect with millions worldwide. You can download our Supporter pack with details on how to become a partner here.

  5. Become a Sponsor: Are you a company who would like to align yourself with the growing Sharing Economy? This is your opportunity to support Global Sharing Week and connect with millions worldwide. You can download our Supporter pack with details on how to become a sponsorhere. 

  6. Become a Volunteer: The People Who Share is currently seeking volunteers to help grow the Sharing Economy and help millions discover it via Global Sharing Week. You can help organize events, promote the movement, connect with partners on every continent and make friends worldwide! You can download our Supporter pack with details on how to become a volunteerhere. 

  7. Join the movement: The People Who Share is a social enterprise that helps people and companies discover and access the Sharing Economy. Our mission is to mainstream the Sharing Economy worldwide. We work with a network of partners worldwide to deliver services and activities for people and companies including: campaigns, like our flagship Global Sharing Week; access to goods and services for your every day life via our Share Collectionpublic speaking, workshops, events and corporate consultancy helping organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors succeed in the Sharing Economy; building ShareTech tools and innovation, research and intelligence. We also host the Share Guide, the largest directory of Sharing services worldwide. We help people discover that if you’ve ever rented, swapped, exchange, borrowed, you’re part of the growing Sharing Economy. To join the movement, connect with others and receive regular updates on events, activities and the growing Sharing Economy, sign up here.

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