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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 facebook.com/groups/OuiShareBerlin

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 Shareable.net:

“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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Leveraging the social energies, building the “glocal”


Building digital spaces for self-organisation

In 2012 I have been part of the endeavour to facilitate the emergence of a network, the Living Bridges Planet – actually the open facebook group is approaching now the 3.500 mark in member size. Bert-Ola Bergstrand (Social Capital Forum, Gothenberg) initiated the facebook group during the process of Social Capital World Forum 2012 and I was part of the little facilitation team, responsible to conceive and build the architecture. Step by step a working digital ecosystem of social media and platforms for connecting, conversation and collaboration emerged. Here is the current mind map of the ecosystem – with facebook, wordpress and G+/youtube as the main pillars: LIVING BRIDGES Planet – Mind Map (bit.ly/livingbridgesmap)

LIVING BRIDGES Planet - mind map of core ecosystem
LIVING BRIDGES Planet ecosystem in early stage


Images above are taken from the Chicago event and EduLab hangouts in 2012. livingbridgesplanet.wordpress.com

Understanding “social capital” + how to create and connect spaces

In the last 12 months I made much progress in understanding the social dynamics, the mental, cultural and the technnological side of it. Not to be too narrow, I am experimenting use the expression “social energies”. This term is  broader than “social capital”, and less loaden with debate. Finally it is more in the spirit of resilience thinking or postive psychology – as I have noticed the expressions “social capital” and “social ressources” sound a bit extractive for some.

There have been these short posts about the learnings so far.

Finetuning the social process design for glocal engagement
After the Chicago event as a debut in “organizing glocality” with a certain size, the LBP facilitation team is now approaching the second opportunity: “Celebrating the Future – Empowering Youth” in Oslo – August 5, 2013. This occasion encouraged me to create kind of introduction into the concept and basic process design of glocal events.


Facebook goes Amazon – The social networks evolution goes on

Funny, “facebook goes amazon” gives me no results on Google in verbatim (phrase) search! So, well this is a bet more than a serious forecast – some risk involved. But I had to  respond to this news headline and the details:

Facebook trials a new way to push your buttons (world.edu)

“Want”, “Collect” and “Buy”

Depending on its performance in the current trial, Facebook may deploy a “want” button, with you – or your friends – indicating that you want a specific product or service, as promoted by this or that commercial entity.

Image source: world.edu/facebook-trials-a-new-way-to-push-your-buttons/

I did read further and actually they come to the same conclusion in the text:

That wishlist, in turn, hosts a “buy” button – also being trialled – offering a click-through feature to buy a given product, setting up Facebook as a competitor to Amazon. Of course, in clicking through, users provide the company with yet more information about themselves and, by inference, their associates.

Why is this important for you as a FB user?
Ok, you will see new interest in Facebook now on investors’ side for sure. What does it mean for the users of social networks? This is part of the consolidation phase in the realm of social networks. If Facebook shifts to be more a meta mega 24/7 store, then despite all the words of Mark Zuckerberg the user experience goes away from the social networking and sharing moments with friends experience. Not to kill it, but maybe resulting in a tectonic shift in the realm of that social web players. I think that Linkedin, Google+ and newcomers will profit from that move – a move, which is strategically reasonable in terms of the company logic and questionable at the same time in the terms of the user interests. The shareholder value of Facebook will be rising, the user stakeholder value will decrease.