“There are relatively few books out there that really introduce a new paradigm for cities, a new lens through which to understand what urban sustainability could look like. This book does that, and rather than just sharing theory, it shares the story of real cities successfully making the sharing city real.” —Brent Toderian
This page provides links to papers and articles about the 'sharing paradigm' I developed in collaboration with Julian Agyeman as a way of helping deliver sustainable cities. Our book, Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities was published by MIT Press in 2015. Both paper and e-book versions can be purchased on the MIT Press page here. Hard copies can also be bought from Amazon UK or Amazon US. And for those keen to share it, ask at your local library!
We launched the book with a joint lecture at the Sustainability Science Centre at Copenhagen University: full video of the lecture can be viewed here. You can read the first reviews in Nature, where Colin Ellard kindly said: "In Sharing Cities, McLaren and Agyeman lay out, with impressive depth, clarity and wisdom, a comprehensive prescription for a sharing paradigm", and in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Nature also listed the book as one of the top twenty science books of the year.
For a very brief overview of the Sharing Cities case - watch my 'pecha-kucha' (7 minute presentation) from the Gothenburg Sustainability Awards ceremony for Mayor Pak of Seoul.
We also received great endorsements from urbanists and sharing economy researchers:
“If you want to understand the possibilities and challenges of the sharing paradigm to transform the way cities are designed, read this book.” —Rachel Botsman
“Every mayor, city policymaker, and citizen changemaker should read this book’s case studies, get ideas, and implement them!” —Janelle Orsi
“Sharing Cities imagines a new radical politics of solidarity that goes much beyond the current neoliberal rhetoric of a sharing economy. Its breadth and scope and the range of case studies used to illustrate the argument on a new sharing paradigm are impressive and thought-provoking. Sharing Cities is sure to provoke reflection and action within academic, policy, and civil society circles in times to come.” —Ayona Datta
In January 2016 I presented the book's central argument - that the currently popular economic framing of sharing distracts attention from the wider possibilities of sharing cities - at the 2nd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy. For our working paper and slides see below. Slides from a generic presentation of the books themes are also available (IASS-slides).
In April 2015 Open Commons Linz kindly invited me to to talk about our work: the full script of my lecture is available below, as is a briefing note from the book launch at the RGS conference in 2015.
Interview on 'Primetime with Henry Shinn' on TBS 101.3 eFM in Seoul, South Korea (http://tbsefm.seoul.kr/efm/Primetime/). September 24th, 2014. You can listen to the interview below.