Creating smart ecosystems
Coordinated by Citylab2050, the project ‘The Sharing City’ was launched in 2018, in collaboration with Antwerp Management School, Antwerp Community Development and the Urban Management Department of the City of Antwerp. The goal was to explore the possibilities of turning Antwerp into a sustainable sharing economy.
Antwerp Management School used the move to the new Campus De Boogkeers as an ideal lever to set up three experiments with the new neighborhood. In this way, AMS was able to experience in practice what role AMS can play in a local sustainable sharing economy. By combining its own experiences with the experiences of Antwerp Community Development and the Urban Management Department of the City of Antwerp, the project also offered a lot of inspiration to the City of Antwerp in its search for a further sustainable establishment of a sharing economy at city level.
The sharing economy has outgrown its infancy and has been generating new and innovative products and services for quite some time now. Just think of the Velo bikes in Antwerp or the sharing of products or rooms via online platforms.
The central question of ‘The Sharing City’ is how Antwerp's urban actors can accelerate the development of a sustainable sharing economy. By setting up concrete experiments, the City of Antwerp wanted to learn what role the city itself can play and what the role of local city actors can be so that a strong sustainable local sharing economy can become a catalyst in the transition to a sustainable circular economy. The behavior of citizens and consumers will thereby shift from owning to sharing, resulting in a market shift that will create opportunities for innovative product-service systems.
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