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OuiShare Fest 2014 – The Age of Communities

by Sharon Ede on 15th April 2014

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OuiShare is a non-profit organization and global community empowering citizens, public institutions and companies to build a society in which every person has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. OuiShare believes that an economy based on community principles such as sharing, collaboration and openness can solve many of the complex challenges the world faces.

Post Growth is proud to be a supporter of OuiShare Fest 14, the premier global gathering and festival of the collaborative economy.

With its emphasis on community resilience, the sharing and collaborative movement offers a positive, assets-based approach to transitioning to a post-growth economy and society, and is very much aligned with post-growth thinking and principles.

When first held in Paris in May 2013, over 3,500 people from 24 countries converged on the French capital to celebrate and discuss this phenomenon.

Co-organized by the global non-profit community OuiShare, along with the French public digital agency La Fonderie, over  700 professionals attended the conference-style event, with over 3,000 visitors attending the public open day to discover the collaborative economy first hand.

“What made OuiShare Fest so unique were the people”, says Flore Berlingen, co-founder and Global Connector of OuiShare.

“It brought together such diverse, but at the same time likeminded people, from all over the world in one place.”

With the theme of ‘The Age of Communities’, the second annual OuiShare Fest will be held in Paris 5-7 May 2014. Connected by shared values, knowledge, resources or by digital and physical spaces, communities are transforming cities, organizations and civic action everywhere in the world. They are driving movements such as collaborative consumption, open source, makers and fablabs, coworking, crowdfunding, alternative currencies and more.

Founded in January 2012, OuiShare now has over 2000 members from 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North and Latin America. It has organised over 120 events in 55 cities and has over 80 different online discussion groups. OuiShare is an international leader in the field of communities and the collaborative economy, made possible by a network of 50 Connectors (active members) with extensive experience in building community, knowledge and projects around these topics.

OuiShare Fest 14 is expected to gather up to 1000 participants over the course of three days at the Cabaret Sauvage in northeastern Paris. The event will feature talks from a wide range of thought leaders, interactive work sessions and other innovative formats, and has support from communities such as Shareable, Collaborative Consumption, Mesh Labs and the P2P Foundation.

“With up to 200 contributors over several months, the last OuiShare Fest demonstrated how much can be achieved when an engaged, active community works towards a common goal”, says Francesca Pick, co-chair of OuiShare Fest 2014 and German Connector of the OuiShare network.

At this year’s OuiShare Fest, entrepreneurs and social innovators, non-profit and company leaders, grassroots activists and public officials will gather in one place to build a common vision of a collaborative society.

I’ll be at OuiShare, attending under the auspices of my employer. If you’ll be there and would like to connect with me, please leave a message on this Facebook page, or get in touch via email.

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avatar Sharon is an ideas transmitter, writer and activist who writes, collects, and shares stories on communication and change for sustainability at cruxcatalyst and is founder of Share Adelaide Share Adelaide. Sharon has been working on sustainability issues in paid and voluntary work since 1993 and loves playing connect the dots by cultivating a wide network of people working on sustainability.

Sharon has written 39 posts on Post Growth Institute. Contact Sharon

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