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Press Release: The Sharing Economy - Our Sustainable Future
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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.

26th November 2012 - Published by Share The World's Resources

The discussion is being hosted by The People Who Share in partnership with GlobalNet21, and will be a lively conversation with Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion and former leader of the Green Party), Benita Matofska (founder of The People Who Share), Rajesh Makwana (STWR's director), and Chris Hewlett (environmental policy consultant and fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab).

STWR's Rajesh Makwana will discuss how the emerging sharing economy has enormous potential to shape a sustainable future by encouraging new models of consumption and innovative business practices. But he will argue that economic sharing also has a crucial role to play in other aspects of policymaking, particularly on an international level.

Rajesh will argue that sharing is not only important on a community and national basis, but can also be applied as a solution to our global problems - including issues of world poverty, inequality, conflict over scarce resources, climate change and other environmental issues. And as a global voice in support of sharing begins to grow, everyone who champions the sharing economy has the opportunity to see themselves as part of a much larger movement for societal transformation.

The event will be held at:

House of Commons, Macmillan Room
1 Bridge St
SW1A London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM (GMT)

Link to the event page:


Caroline Lucas is the MP for Brighton Pavilion and ex leader of the Green Party of England & Wales. She is the UK's only Green MP. A passionate campaigner on the environment, social justice and human rights, Caroline was voted the UK's Most Ethical Politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by Observer readers, and is one of the Environment Agency's Top 100 Eco-Heroes.

Benita Matofska is a CEO, campaigner, social entrepreneur and founder of The People Who Share. Dedicated to social innovation and the power of ideas, she is an RSA Fellow, an Innovator in the Finance Innovation Lab, and pioneer of future business models via her work with UnLtd Future. Her 25-year career spans broadcasting, communications, business development, community development and charity campaigns.

Rajesh Makwana is the executive director of Share The World's Resources (STWR),  a London-based civil society organisation that campaigns to strengthen and scale up the sharing economy both nationally and internationally. Rajesh previously worked in the private sector before formally establishing STWR as an advocacy organisation with consultative status at the United Nations.

Chris Hewett who is a fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and has worked in environmental policy for 18 years in think tanks, NGOs and Government agencies. His current research is focused on finance and economic policy to promote sustainability. He has previously published reports into climate change policy (mitigation & adaptation), economic instruments including green taxes and emissions trading, aviation policy and other aspects of environment, energy and transport policy.

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