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Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’

Produced by the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative, this white paper demystifies the new sharing economy vocabulary, explains key drivers for sharing and the opportunities for cities to engage and drive sharing practices. It also explores how cities can leverage the potential of the sharing economy in use of municipal goods, spaces and civic assets such as the talents and skills of city residents.

Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to ‘Sharing Economy’ covers case studies from 10 cities around the world where sharing is already transforming the lives of citizens, including Seattle, London, New York, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Seoul and Amsterdam. It also addresses externalities facing the sharing economy, particularly around issues of establishing trust and ensuring security on sharing online platforms, the uncertain effects of sharing at a global scale on social equality and inclusivity, and provides recommendations.

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