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Wednesday, May 18 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Developing Objects Made for Sharing

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Define “Made for Sharing”
Identify objects that could be “Made for Sharing”
Share inputs to what needs to be true for “Made for Sharing” to be an acknowledged term


There are already many objects in cities, which are designed to be shared among many users. Everything public is naturally shared but new offerings, using a “private operating model” has also entered the public space. Bike and car sharing services are two well known examples.

Most recently, AirBnB has started investigating the potential for “designed for sharing” spaces so that homes could be directly designed with this goal of “sharing” or renting in mind.

Traditionally sharing, as an example, was setting up at box for sharing the books that you are finished with yourself, and maybe even the books that you do not really want to keep J So – to be blunt, sharing in the “old school” tradition was sharing the objects that you, for some reason, did not care about anymore.

Specific criteria need to be met in order to allow a high intensity of use. Most importantly, such objects need to be built to last. 

However, our hypothesis is that “Made for Sharing” objects can have more ambitious goals than only a high intensity of use. Such objects can have the potential to trigger social interactions and contribute to activating the public space. This requires other specifications than merely being built to last: made for sharing objects need also to be social objects and need to have a design that can guarantee a good user experience.

In this workshop, we would like to challenge this idea of “Made for Sharing” objects and start a conversation about their characteristics.

We will use the concrete case of “OurHub” a social object designed with those questions in mind - to challenge the idea of “made for sharing” products. The participants will use this example as a starting point to discuss the concept of "made for sharing” and come up with ideas of new objects “made for sharing” within different categories: Play, Live, Work and Learn. Finally, the participants discuss what needs to be true for the term to become a more acknowledge term.

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Caroline De Francqueville Hansen

Consultant, SharingLab
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Peter Just

Founding partner - Innovation strategist, SharingLab
At SharingLab we are dedicated explorers of how the sharing of small objects can create strong communities. We research the mechanisms that make us share, and incentives for becoming part of a community. By rediscovering the heritage of the Danish cooperative movement, we believe... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CEST
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