At the heart of this is the question ‘Can sharing change the world?’ By highlighting the myriad of ways Sharing is creating an impact, it helps millions discover and participate in the Sharing Economy – a socioeconomic movement promoting the sharing of, and access to, resources, while putting people and planet first.
Created by The People Who Share, Global Sharing Week highlights the importance of community, citizenship, poverty alleviation, inclusivity and the protection of the planet, enabling us to build a healthy, sustainable society based around Sharing. Since its founding, it has reached over 100 million people worldwide, with over 450 registered events across all continents.
Alongside founding partner, Shareable, we work with a network of over 300 partners worldwide to shine a spotlight on the growing Sharing Economy to enable millions more discover how Sharing can transform society and change lives.
Event registration for Global Sharing Week 2019 will open soon and wherever you are in the world, you’ll be able to find and register Sharing events nearby.
In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved contact us and join the world’s most exciting annual celebration of Sharing.
Did you know there are over £3.5 trillion worth of idle human and physical resources in the world – and that unlocking access to these could solve major global challenges? Global Sharing Week invites everyone from individuals, to civic bodies, and corporations to add their event to the GSW map – and give the Sharing Economy movement that extra bit of momentum.
Examples of events include: clothes swaps, food shares, disco soups, picnics, skills swaps, grub clubs, give and get markets, potluck dinners, bake shares, co-working hackathons, maker fairs, reuse / recycling events – you name it. Check our 7 awesome ways to get involved.
Anyone can register an event. As long as it unlocks access to skills, knowledge, time, goods, food etc, it’s definitely Global Sharing Week material. Once event registration opens you can find and register events on our global map to join the ranks of sharers celebrating and opening up access to the Sharing Economy for all.
Events included 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 the Week.
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.
Global Sharing Week was launched at the House of Commons, hosted by MP Caroline Lucas and attracted cross party and cross sector support. Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare gave a memorable speech about the impact of food sharing and Susan Kabani CEO of Ugenie talked about the importance of connected communities. You can see more videos of the event here and here.
In 2017 over 354 events took place in 113 cities, across 34 countries on every continent! It was a tremendous success and we reached millions around the globe. Check out a bunch of images here from the different events that happened all over the world during the week.
At The People Who Share we believe everybody should experience the benefits of sharing. This is why in 2012 we created National Sharing Day - a day to celebrate sharing and encourage people to share. National Sharing Day was a huge success and became Global Sharing Day. In June 2015 we decided to go BIG, and we created Global Sharing Week. With activities and campaigns happening all over the world, #GlobalSharingWeek reached over 100 million people worldwide with over 126 registered events on every continent! We are proud to say that Global Sharing Week it's the world's largest mass engagement campaign helping millions of people to discover the Sharing Economy! Check out all the sharing action on Twitter.
We're looking for individuals and organisations interested in supporting the next Global Sharing Week. Find out more about our supporting opportunities (volunteers, partners, sponsors).
Thanks to everyone that made the first Global Sharing Week 2017 a great success! We’d also like to thank Lord Stone of Blackheath for his support at our launch event in London and a huge thanks to Global Sharing Week's lead sponsors RateSetter, Onfido, and Skrill.