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Sharing Cities Sweden is organizing events, workshops, publications and activities to support a creative and lively discussion about the sharing economy in cities.


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Sharing Cities Sweden

August 2017: Announcing the funding of a national program for sharing cities! Starting in August 2017 and running until December 2020, the program aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. The program will be conducted in collaboration with business, the public sector, civil society and academia.


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Sharing Cities Sweden at the Social Innovation Summit

November 2017: Sharing Cities Sweden participated in a session at the Social Innovation Summit on 13-14 November 2017 in Malmö. Sharing Cities Sweden and the Malmö Sharing City were presented and discussed with the audience.


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Sharing Cities Sweden in Stockholm

January 2017: Sharing Cities Sweden organized a workshop with Vinnova on 24-25 January 2017 in Stockholm. The activities included presentations from the national node and test-beds in Umeå, Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Discussions focused on the design and development of test-beds, the role of ICT in the sharing economy, testing and evaluating sharing services, and how to spread learning and stimulate international collaborations.


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Evaluations Workshop #1 - Sharing Cities Sweden

February 2018: An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Lund on 26 February 2018. The purpose of the event was to share knowledge and experiences with evaluations of the sharing economy in cities and to identify synergies and opportunities between the test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden and ongoing research projects. Key research projects on the sharing economy in cities were presented and discussed in relation to the activities of the test-beds. The projects included Sharing Potential, Urban Sharing and Sharing and the City. The next evaluations workshops for 2018 are planned for Lund, Gothenburg and Stockholm.


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Mobile Research Lab - Sharing City Malmö

March 2018: A mobile research lab was organized in Malmö on 7 March 2018. The purpose of the mobile research lab was to explore sharing services and the developing sharing economy in Malmö. Mobile research labs bring together a group of researchers and investigators who conduct interviews and site visits together following a structured process. The mobile research lab in Malmö involved a clothes sharing and swapping store, the City of Malmö electric bike sharing initiatives, an organization supported by the University of Malmö to support start-ups, and a library for sharing books, space and things. There is a further mobile research lab planned for Gothenburg in 2018.


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Strategic Environmental Development in Umeå

April 2018: Strategic environmental development is an interactive exercise involving researchers, students and practitioners working together on a real life case. An exercise was organized in Umeå on 11-18 April 2018. The purpose of the exercise was to explore sharing services and the developing sharing economy in Umeå. Strategic Environmental Development bring together a group of researchers and students who conduct interviews and site visits. The exercise in Umeå  involved a range of organizations working with developing the sharing economy in Umeå. There is a further exercise planned for Stockholm in 2019.


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Sharing City Malmö in Amsterdam for Study Trip

April 2018: Over 30 people from developers and partners in Sharing City Malmö visited Amsterdam for a study tour on sharing cities on 18 April 2018. The exercise was organized in collaboration with the Sharing Cities Alliance to provide input and inspiration to the developers in Malmö working on Sege Park. The ambitions for the Sege Park development project are to establish a world-leading example for sharing cities.


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Launch Event for Sharing Cities Sweden

April 2018: Sharing Cities Sweden organized a launch event on 23 April 2018 as part of Sustainability Week at Lund University. The event gathered the test-beds, national node and partners to present the early stages and ambitions for Sharing Cities Sweden.


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Evaluations Workshop #2 - Sharing Cities Sweden

April 2018: An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Lund on 24 April 2018. The purpose of the event was to share knowledge and experiences with impacts of the sharing economy in cities and to continue to identify synergies and opportunities between the test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden. The Sharing Cities Alliance hosted the workshop and presented insights from cities around the world. The next evaluations workshops for 2018 are planned for Gothenburg and Stockholm.


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Study Tour #1 - Malmö @ Sege Park

April 2018: Sharing City Malmö organised a study tour in Sege Park on 24 April 2018. The purpose of the study tour was to learn about how the principles of the sharing economy are being integrated into the design and development of buildings and infrastructure in Sege Park. The ambitions for the project are to establish a world-leading example for sharing cities.


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Sharing City Umeå and Social Innovation

April 2018: The Social Innovation in the North conference on 25 April 2018 features a session organized by Sharing City Umeå. The session is focused on the role of the sharing economy in sustainable cities and how to promote innovative solutions. 


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Test-beds for the Smart Societies of Tomorrow

May 2018: Sweden is a country in constant change and development. The launch of Swedish Testbeds on 31 May 2018 is an opportunity to showcase test-beds dedicated to the development of smart cities. Sharing Cities Sweden is developing world-leading test-beds for the sharing economy in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå. Swedish Testbeds defines test-beds as a physical or virtual environment in which companies, academia and other organisations can collaborate in the development, testing and introduction of new products, services, processes or organisational solutions in selected areas.


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Study Tour #2 - Gothenburg

June 2018: Sharing City Malmö organised a study tour in Gothenburg on 19 June 2018. The purpose of the study tour was to learn about the sharing economy activities in Gothenburg with visits to “Leksaksbiblioteket” – a toy library – and “Klädoteket” – a sustainable fashion shop. In addition, a presentation was organised on “Smarta kartan” – s smart map aims to help people of Gothenburg and visitors to the city to engage in the sharing economy. 


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Sharing Cities Sweden at Volvo Ocean Race

June 2018: Sharing Cities Gothenburg organized a public seminar on 20 June 2018 on the sharing economy as part of the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg. The event gathered together the test-beds, national node and partners to present the activities and early findings from the test-beds and overall program.


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Evaluations Workshop #3 - Sharing Cities Sweden

June 2018: An evaluations workshop for Sharing Cities Sweden was organised in Gothenburg on 20 June 2018. The purpose of the event was to share knowledge and experiences of the sharing economy in cities and to continue to identify synergies and opportunities between the test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden. The Sharing Cities Alliance hosted the workshop and presented insights from cities around the world focusing on visions and strategies as well as assessing and measuring impact.


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Sharing City Stockholm - Report on Sharing Services and Environmental Impacts

June 2018: The study released on the 27 June 2018 aims to review the environmental performance, and potential, of different sharing services available in Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. These include: 1) the sharing platform provided by Hygglo.se, 2) the package drop-off and pick-up services offered by QLocx and 3) the sharing of cargo bikes. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used to identify the impacts and benefits of the sharing services, taking into account both current and future consumption patterns, product lifetime and use, potential replacements of conventional products and services, and impacts from digital infrastructure. Furthermore, the study outlines an approach to identify methodological considerations for assessing these systems using LCA and addressing the sensitivity of these choices.


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Sharing Cities Sweden in Germany

June 2018: Yuliya Voytenko presented Sharing Cities Sweden at the International Workshop on the Sharing Economy on 28 June 2018 in Mannheim, Germany. The presentation highlighted the role of local governments in the sharing economy and covered several projects including Urban Sharing, Sharing and the City, and Sharing Cities Sweden.


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Sharing City Gothenburg – Hackathon on Sharing is Caring

September 2018: On 2 September 2018, Civic Tech Sweden arranged a hackathon with the theme "Sharing is caring: Collaborative Economy, Common Resources, and Sustainable Consumption". Civic Tech Sweden is a collaboration between organizations, networks and public actors who work with digital technology for community benefit. During the event, participants interact with people of knowledge in programming, communication, technology, open data, and design, but also people with experience in working with democracy and the sharing economy. Sharing City Gothenburg participated and presented at the event.


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Sharing City Umeå – Urban Mobility and Sharing Cities

September 2018: On 17-19 September 2018, Sharing Cities Sweden participated in the CIVITAS forum organized in Umeå on urban mobility.  The event gathered the CIVITAS community from across Europe and beyond bringing together policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners to debate pressing topics surrounding urban mobility, including the impact of the sharing economy.


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Mobile Research Lab – Sharing City Gothenburg

October 2018: A mobile research lab was organized in Gothenburg on 16 October 2018. The purpose of the mobile research lab was to explore sharing services and the developing sharing economy in Gothenburg. Mobile research labs bring together a group of researchers and investigators who conduct interviews and site visits together following a structured process. The mobile research lab in Gothenburg involved meetings with coordinators and organisers of bicycle kitchens, the Circular Gothenburg Program, and GrowGothenburg as well as a walking tour of the development area called Södra Älvstranden and discussions with local politicians. There are further mobile research labs planned for 2019.


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Sharing City Umeå – Finalist in European Capital of Innovation

November 2018: The City of Umeå is one of six finalists in the European Capital of Innovation. On 6 November 2018, the capital is announced. Umeå is constantly working with the development of an effective and inclusive support system for innovation with world class academic and business incubators. Sharing Cities Sweden is contributing to the innovation system in Umeå.


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Sharing Cities Sweden in Barcelona

November 2018: On the 12-15 November 2018, the Sharing Cities Summit and Smart City Expo World Congress takes place in Barcelona. Sharing Cities Sweden is participating in both the summit and congress, including as part of the Nordic Pavilion. Vibrant discussions and new collaborations are on the agenda