Chris Rankin: On Wednesday, Sept. 13, we celebrated the launch of our new book, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” and crowdfunding campaign, at the Embassy Network house in San Francisco, California. We are grateful to everyone who joined us for a fun and inspiring evening. It gave us a rare opportunity to connect with supporters — old and new — in person, and witness just how much support exists for our work. The Embassy Network, which not only offers shared housing, but provides an avenue to share ideas and connect with people around the world, was the perfect venue to introduce the book — a global, crowdsourced effort. We’d like to thank our board member Tony Lai for graciously offering the beautiful venue.

At the event, Shareable’s executive director Neal Gorenflo and board member Laurie Schecter reminded us of the vital role Shareable has played in leading the sharing movement. If you missed the event, you can still watch their talks on Shareable’s Facebook page. We were joined by 50 friends, raised over $11,000, and nearly sold out of the early release version of the book. We are not done though. We have a goal of raising $100,000 in 60 days and are calling on our readers to support Shareable. A donation to Shareable is more than a tax-deductible gift — it’s a way to elevate our platform to allow essential voices to be heard and inspiring stories to be shared. Shareable’s storytelling is essential to individuals, community groups, and policymakers who use our reporting as a manual for creating a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world.

Our goals of our crowdfunding campaign are to:

  • Build a new website to grow our readership and engage our core community more effectively.

  • Provide additional coverage of solutions coming from the global south and unrepresented communities.

  • Host a community-driven book tour. We’ll equip our community to organize book events around the world.

To make a donation to Shareable, learn more about the projects we have planned in 2018, and obtain a print copy or e-version of “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” please click here.

All photos by Ambika Kandasamy

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