The recent documentary and debate series called 'Why Poverty?' highlighted the extreme differences in living standards and life chances around the world, and once again emphasised that there can never be an end to poverty
until the world's resources are more equally shared.
We have just published a web version of the introduction to our latest report, Financing the Global Sharing Economy. The introduction outlines how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every year to bolster
the global sharing economy and prevent life-threatening deprivation as a foremost priority.
The concept of sharing is fundamental to the business sector, despite the huge challenges to creating an alternative economic model in the midst of a free-market, private enterprise system. Yet the co-operative movement is playing a key role in building sustainable businesses based on people and not profit.
presentation given to a distinguished audience from Eurasian countries, STWR
highlighted the need for the international community to immediately end
life-threatening deprivation and needless poverty-related deaths by
implementing 10 redistributive policies that could strengthen and scale up the ‘global
Of the many and varied examples of organisations, professionals and engaged citizens across the world that call for greater sharing in our societies, here's one example from the NGO world: Christian Aid's new strategy for 2012 that puts sharing at the centre of its work and campaigning priorities.
The age-old concept of sharing is increasingly being discussed in relation to political and economic issues, even though a public discussion on the importance of global sharing is still in its early days. But there are many signs that this is beginning to change - and there are lots of reasons why we should all get involved in the emerging debate.
If we believe that
the sharing economy has a role to play in creating a fairer and more
sustainable world, then we need to look broadly at how the principle of sharing
applies to all aspects of policymaking – particularly on an
The sharing economy is becoming more popular than ever before with its emphasis on accessing and sharing resources rather than owning them. And now there are signs that the concept is being gradually broadened to include more political,
environmental and global justice issues, as highlighted by a number of articles and events in recent weeks.
Is it possible to change the world through sharing? This was the theme of a recent event held at the House of Commons in Westminster, London, which resulted in a lively discussion with a diverse range of participants about some of the policy implications of the emerging sharing economy.
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) are speaking at an event in the House of Commons, Tues 27th November, on the emergence of the Sharing Economy and the policy challenges it presents, with other speakers to include Caroline Lucas MP, Benita Matofska of The People Who Share, and environmental policy consultant Chris Hewlett.