Sharing Cities public lecture and workshop

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Cities are beset with the most urgent challenges that societies face today including inequality, racism, social isolation, resource consumption, and climate change. Amidst this crisis lies tremendous opportunity for people to address these problems collectively. To meet challenges, communities, organizations, and local governments are increasingly turning to a basic human practice: sharing. By sharing their labor, knowledge, space, and goods, people are finding that they can overcome scarcity and experience private sufficiency and civic abundance by building and maintaining vital common resources. They are showing how sharing leads everyone to have more, together.

In this presentation and interactive workshop, Shareable’s Strategic Partnerships Director, Tom Llewellyn, will illustrate a commons-based vision for cities drawing from Shareable’s new book, "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons," which showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries.

Be a part of the solution! Joine us for both Lecture and Workshop or any one of them!

Public Lecture | 2-3PM

Activating the Urban Commons

Get to know the ‘state of the movement' as we discuss clear commons-based solutions to challenges faced in core city sectors including waste, food, energy, water, governance, and more. The presentation will outline stories and strategies from "Sharing Cities" on what is already being done to activate the urban commons globally with suggestions of projects and policies to replicate locally. On the heels of 2017’s first annual Make SMTHNG Week (a partnership between (Greenpeace, Fashion Revolution, and Shareable) there will be an extra focus on creative actions to reduce overconsumption, fast fashion, and waste.

Interactive Workshop | 3:30-5:30PM

Reimagining the Waste Stream

Engage in a World Café style discussion, to discover what our collective understanding of waste (e.g., clothing, electronics, shoes, small appliances) and local waste streams are, what we can do as individuals and as a community to reduce waste, and what kind of infrastructure and/or policy support that may be helpful to better dispose (recycle, reuse, repurpose, repair, etc.) things we don’t need any more?

About the Speaker

Tom Llewellyn is the Strategic Partnerships Director at, and a lifelong sharer, commoner, and story teller. He’s an active consultant for community, municipal, and international initiatives, coordinates global sharing campaigns, has co-founded several community initiatives, and speaks internationally about real, equitable sharing. Tom is the co-editor of 2 books, "How to: Share, Save Money & Have Fun" (2016) and "Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons" (2018).

About Shareable

Shareable is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. They inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with their global partners. Their work is based on the conviction that programs and policies that foster sharing, cooperation, and collaboration play a vital role in creating a sustainable and prosperous world for all.


SoGES Clothing and Sustainability Global Challenges Research Team, Department of Design and Merchandising, The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership, CSU Water Center
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