A sharing city embraces and monitors the collaborative economy as a means to a more socially, sustainably and economically resilient city. Lately, Amsterdam has received a lot of attention for being a front-runner in monitoring, rather than banning, the sharing and collaborative economy in the city. Very often, the collaborative and sharing economy is equaled exclusively to Airbnb and Uber, which are portrayed as very problematic for the city and its people. Every story has two sides, and although there are, and will be, challenges with any initiatives, there are also benefits and opportunities. Moreover, the collaborative economy has a much richer ecosystem beyond the typical examples of Uber and Airbnb. These two giants are making up a big part of the discussion, but surely, our scope has to be widened to include other platforms such as for example WeHelpen, Konnektid and Thuisafgehaald (Share your meal).
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‘Sociaal, duurzaam, economisch veerkrachtig’, zo klinkt in het Westen de belofte van de deeleconomie voor onze steden. Geldt die eveneens voor ontwikkelingslanden? En welke bijdrage is nodig om het vele delen waar te maken? Een opiniebijdrage door Samantha van den Bos en Matthijs Nederveen, oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd in Vice Versa (22 december 2016).