Sharing Project Measures Vancouver’s Collaborative Economy

mvconnectHover2It’s called the collaborative economy and The Sharing Project measured how Vancouver residents participate. Learn why a potluck dinner is an apt symbol for the project and how people are adopting this changing way of accessing goods and services.

Sharing food at a potluck dinner is a common feature of many gatherings. Now The Sharing Project is measuring the appetite for sharing in Vancouver’s local economy.

“We started to see the need for more sharing throughout Vancouver,” explains lead researcher Chris Diplock. “So we wanted to put some numbers on the sharing economy in Vancouver and that’s what compelled us to do our research.”

With research in hand, Diplock has been sharing his findings at events around the city.

“We saw that over 60% wanted to borrow within 12 blocks,” he says.

Sharing a recipe or even a meal may seem like a small act. But Diplock says it points to a larger trend.

“Because what they want is the access. And that’s what the sharing and collaborative economy offers them is the access to goods through co-owning, or through talking with their neighbours, starting initiatives. So I do think people are reconsidering that need for individual ownership.”

Because sharing means less need to buy and own, the ideas behind the Sharing Project are a good fit with Metro Vancouver’s goal of minimizing waste generation as the first step toward diverting 70 percent of waste from landfills by 2015. To learn more about The Sharing Project, please visit


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