Collaborative Economy in the Global South: opportunities and challenges.

2nd FEB | 10.00-14.00

Where:  @shareNL - Keizersgracht, 264 Amsterdam


Inspiration Session + lunch

This event is organized by shareNL, the Dutch knowledge & network platform for the collaborative economy, in partnership with Partos (the Spindle) and Light for the World.

Ngo’s, social entrepreneurs, sharing economy specialists, creative thinkers and young changemakers will come together on 2nd of Feb to explore the opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy in the global south.

The collaborative economy is here to stay and is changing the future of our cities for the better. Or at least, the technology has the potential to do so. We are moving towards a new system, where we move from hierarchical structures to networked societies. All around the world these new kind of peer-to-peer platforms emerge -  such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit, OnePlanetCrowd, BlablaCar, Peerby, SafeMotos, etc. This new development could help us create more transparent, inclusive, social, sustainable and economically resilient societies.

During this session we will explore what some of the challenges and opportunities are in developing countries, and what this could mean for your organization. We will also lay the groundwork for a global ambassadors network. So you'll be invited to come together with an open mind, and start exploring the field, to be creative, inspired and sharing new ideas.


10.00 Welcome & Introduction

10.15 The Sharing Economy: Current state in the Netherlands and internationally - Opportunities & Challenges

          - by Samantha van den Bos (shareNL) - organizer

10.35 Examples of sharing economy startups and initiatives in the Global South - by Matthijs Nederveen (Light for the World) - co-organizer

10.45 Other speakers :

  • Nash and Peter, co-founders Safe Motos (Kigali, Rwanda)
  • Beatriz, Seats2Meet Global 

11.15 Introduction Brainstorm + subjects

12.00 Lunch

12.30 Brainstorm

Can the sharing economy have an influence on the following subjects, and what role is there for non-profit organizations?

  • Waithood: lowering youth unemployment
  • Inclusivity: participation of marginalized groups in society
  • Rural Areas: creating local opportunities? (reducing rural-to-urban migration)
  • Cities: tackling local urban challenges
  • New business models for non-profit organizations

13.45 Wrap-up & Next steps?


Preparing for the workshop: 

If you want to read up on the topic beforehand, please find here the full read of the article (Dutch) "Thuiskoks, gedeelde auto’s en buurtklussers:  de opmars van het ‘prosumentisme’ - Deeleconomie en ontwikkelingssamenwerking" by Samantha van den Bos (shareNL) and Matthijs Nederveen (Light for the World), published on the 22nd of December in Vice Versa, the Dutch magazine about global collaboration. 


You are most welcome to join!