Friday, 30 June

Advanced Human Settlements

Fri 30 June | 10:30 - 11:30



Sharing City: Opportunities and Challenges of the Sharing Economy in Your City

Sharing resources has the potential to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our cities and communities including inequality, pollution, and social isolation. While the practice of sharing resources and skills within a community is ancient, the Internet has made it possible to greatly increase these transactions of time, goods and services. And yet, while technology does play a role in this increased efficiency and ease, key aspects of the sharing economy’s success and benefits remain rooted in peer-to-peer relationships and locally-based activities. In this session we will discuss ways in which people of all income levels can save money, reduce their environmental impact and participate in their community by sharing. Furthermore, we explore the vital role city councils play in keeping the balance.


Harmen van Sprang is a co-founder of shareNL. He’s an independent expert in the field of sharing economy. He advises startups, companies, cities, and (inter)national governments. Harmen is also one of the initiators of Amsterdam Sharing City and more recently of the global Sharing Cities Alliance. He is a global keynote speaker and already did 150+ presentations and workshops all over the world: from Paris to New York City, and from Toronto to Tokyo. Furthermore, he is the co-author of a business book called ‘Share.’ And he’s a spokesperson for the international press and has been interviewed 100+ times.

Tom Llewellyn is the Strategic Partnerships Director at, an award-winning news, action, and connection hub for the sharing movement. Born and raised in a small, sharing community in the San Francisco Bay Area, this lifelong commoner and story teller has coordinated the global Sharing Cities Network, MapJam and ShareFest campaigns, co-founded both PLACE for Sustainable living, in Oakland, and the Asheville Tool Library, and is the co-editor of the book, How to: Share, Save Money & Have Fun.

Manuel Beltrán is an artist, activist, and researcher. His artworks have been featured in museums and galleries in The Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Italy, France, Austria and Poland. He researches and lectures on contemporary art, activism, contemporary social movements, post-digital culture and new media. As an activist, he was involved in the Indignados movement in Spain, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and several forms of independent activism and cyber-activism in Europe and beyond. In 2012 he co-founded the art collective Plastic Crowds, since 2013 he is head and co-founder of the nomadic school and artistic organization Alternative Learning Tank and in 2015 founded the Institute of Human Obsolescence. Beltrán lives and works in The Hague.