July 5, 2018
What a year 2018 was for Global Sharing Week! Kicking off proceedings from the House of Commons, and hosted by MP Caroline Lucas, GSW this year went on to be a huge success. 456 events were registered in 247 cities across 39 countries, on all continents.
With the focus on social impact, Global Sharing Week 2018 was turning the spotlight on all the many ways that sharing is changing the world. The Week saw events from a mass Rubbish Run in Australia, a Disco Soupe (feeding hundreds from waste food) in France, the community Big Lunch in the UK, Double Haven Junk Boating in Hong Kong, the Big Beach Clean in Italy and the Super Digital Skills Share for Her in Kenya. In the UK, Norwich launched itself as a Sharing City and projected the Sharing City logo onto Norwich Castle for Global Sharing Week.
Meanwhile, the Week also saw the release of ‘Why Share?’, a powerful song by 15-year-old Brighton based singer-songwriter, Rifka Ravenna about the benefits of sharing resources. The People Who Share commissioned Rifka to write the song, which encapsulates the reasons why Sharing can change lives. It’s a powerful song, so do continue to share it and show you care!
And while all this was going on, our founder, Benita Matofska was in Sicily during GSW to speak at the annual conference of the Institute for Travel and Tourism. Addressing an appreciative crowd of senior industry figures, Benita conveyed how the Sharing Economy is driving the biggest societal shift since the Industrial Revolution. And demonstrated the importance of a Sharing Economy strategy towards future proofing their business, while engaging in responsible, mindful tourism.
All in all, 2018 was a Global Sharing Week to remember. Where the impact of the Sharing Economy was brought into sharp focus. Big thanks to everyone who participated!