A New Development Paradigm: The Sharing City | David Bollier
How might public policy help grow the commons? San Francisco just took a major exploratory step by forming The Sharing Economy Working Group. This new task force will be charged by Mayor Ed Lee with taking “a comprehensive look at the economic benefits, innovative companies and emerging policy issues around the growing ‘sharing economy’.” The task force will include numerous city departments, neighborhood and community statekholders, and sharing economy companies.
In announcing the new task force, Mayor Lee gave it a fairly conventional political gloss. He said the sharing economy could “leverage technology and innovation to generate new jobs and income for San Franciscans in every neighborhood and at every income level.” He also pledged that San Francisco would be “at the forefront of nurturing its growth [the sharing economy], modernizing our laws, and confronting emerging policy issues and concerns.”