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Sharing City Berlin – Workshop 2013-09-27

How can Berlin become the sharing capital of Europe?

  • Here is the harvesting of one of the groups – the neighborhood group. Be sure to have “notes” switched on, while watching the video!
  • The workshop has been moderated by Thomas Dönnebrink and Francesca Pick
  • Find them (and me) at

Clustered ideas
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Some harvested insights from the neighborhood group

– This is all about a change of real behavior, not only the attitude
– Two strategies
– – 1 – in dimension of SPACE -> places
– – 2 – in dimension of TIME -> events
– How to get from early adopters (circle A) to wider adoption of sharing culture
– The group created nice ideas for some PLACES to communicate the “sharing economy” to new folks
– – We call them “SHARING DOCKS”
– – Possible sharing docks / partners:
– – – libraries
– – – adult education center (Volkshochschule)
– – – parks?
– – – second hand shops?
– – – make a “share cafè”?
EVENTS for actions? … spreading the word, community building
– – JUNE 2, 2014 = Global Sharing Day!
– – … an opportunity to be visible with all the existing platforms, projects, “sharing docks”
– – Maybe it is even a “sharing week” if a day is not enough 😉


As Chris Carlsson wrote on

“Cities are shared spaces. That’s why we gather, in part, to share basic infrastructure, to socialize, to satisfy our human instinct to congregate, to make culture together. The call for a Shareable City simultaneously inspires us to imagine a transformed urban culture but also to notice the invisible ways we already share life all the time.”

The workshop was about making Berlin a thriving Sharing City, by putting the spotlight on its burgeoning sharing economy scene, and finding out new ways to go further.
“Whether it’s about launching new sharing initiatives, establishing meaningful public-private-citizen partnerships, or designing sharing-friendly local policies, this sessions at putting Berlin on the global spotlight of the hot Sharing Cities topic ! We have audaxiously called it: How can Berlin become the sharing capital of Europe?”

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Creating tools for Social Capital generation (2): Living Bridges Planet

Living Bridges Planet – A network about change and social capital 
The Social Capital World Forum 2012 is unfolding following the motto of this year “Living Bridges”. This strong metaphor lead to the dynamics of a network of networks, embodied simultaneously in a network of agile networkers and change makers. While the central information space is realized as the site the social dynamics is flourishing in the facebook group LIVING BRIDGES Planet  (1.850+ members today, still growing). Please visit the post on for the details.

UPDATE: As of 2013-08-02 the size of the group is approaching the 3.500 mark!

UPDATE: 2013-11-05: 4.200+ members. 

Creating tools for Social Capital generation (1): Some field of experience

Situation: Virtuality is more and more an option in collaboration

Here are some contextual facts:

  • Physical face2face gatherings enable collaborative productivity, but are rather costly compared with virtual solutions.
  • With reliable broadband connections and video chat as a standard the experience has improved.
  • Conclusion: The possibility of instant virtual gatherings has become an increasing attractive option.
Communication. collaboration are connected with the generation of Social Capital – now think about the ongoing (megatrend) shift from physical to digital interaction spaces

Problem: No established behavioral patterns and tools for hybrid global-local events

The  field of experience during JellyWeek 2012

  • When I had to think a bit deeper about the architecture and organisation of the global-local event JellyWeek 2012 I worked with some typical use cases in mind to increase a parameter, that I intuitively realized as a key parameter for a succesful hybrid, global-local event.
  • This parameter is SID = social interaction density – Maybe the expression is used differently  in other domains, however I found it adequate for the challenge of a “viable social information architecture” for the JellyWeek with its specific hybrid characteristic, connecting local groups (jellies) and single attendees, scattered around the globe together in a space of encounter.
  • Some aspects of the design challenge have been described in the post about the JellyWeek Social wave and the working sphere – the  specific challenge at that time has been conceived as “Building a coordinative space for remote co-workers” – there is even a little screencast explaining the ecosystem.
  • But do not get distracted – the core issue here is how to find design principles for coordinative spaces, that facilitate the communicative spaces, i.e. finally maximizing the  social interaction density
Have some fun to watch the short video underlining the importance of a “coordinative space approach”.
Part 2 will demonstrate the solution and what can be learned and generalized from it.
Update 2012-05-16 Integrated the Social Capital graphics