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OuiShare

The community for a collaborative economy

Project initiated in 2012 at Paris

OuiShare is an international community that wants to participate in the creation of a collaborative economy. It supports and connects people and organisations who share the values that it promotes, participates in research projects, and organises a number of events that promote new models of collaboration.

 

An intense work session in Madrid, hosted by the local Connector Luis Tamayo

An intense work session in Madrid, hosted by the local Connector Luis Tamayo

The OuiShare community at the Brussels Summit

The OuiShare community at the Brussels Summit

The 2014 OuiShare Fest brought together more than 1,000 people from around the world

The 2014 OuiShare Fest brought together more than 1,000 people from around the world

The entire team on the last day of the OuiShare Fest

The entire team on the last day of the OuiShare Fest

« OuiShare is an open door to a more equitable economy and a more collaborative society »

History of the project

It all started with the blog www.consocollaborative.com, launched by Antonin Leonard in 2010. He addressed questions raised by new forms of sharing that have been made possible by the use of the web and social networks. It’s an interesting topic, and Antonin Leonard met a lot of people, both online and in the “real world”, who wanted to participate, with him, in the rise of an economy that fosters access to ownership and the recreation of social ties.

In 2011, a discussion group was created on Facebook to provide a central hub for this enthusiasm and to facilitate discussions. Dinners were organised in Paris between members of what became OuiShare in January 2012. The concept quickly expanded internationally, in Europe, Latin America, and now in 17 countries.

The community is now coordinated by more than 50 connectors around the world. OuiShare sees itself as both a think tank and a “do tank” that tries to balance an informal level of organisation with a more formal structure. It organises events (the OuiShare Fest, the largest event on this topic in the world, as well as local meetings), publishes online discussion papers, and participates in research programs such as Sharevolution (with the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération – the New Generation Internet Foundation). 

50
Connectors
2000
Members
17
Countries in which OuiShare have members
« It brings together people with a wide range of enthusiasms, unites them, and connects them in collaborative ecosystems #OuiShare »

Interview with Arthur de Grave, Paris connector and the editor of the Ouishare magazine

OuiShare’s structure is quite unusual. How does it work?

The “connectors” are nodes in the network. They’re responsible for animating and catalysing the community. Their fields of action may be local, or topic-based (on topics such as money, consumption, production, etc.). There’s no hierarchy between members. We’re experimenting with modes of horizontal and open governance, with a strong use of online tools like Trello, etc. Recruitment is based on enthusiasm, on those who have a strong desire to do something, with a priori confidence in the recruitment process.

What are you doing to ensure the sustainability of the movement?

We have a very light structure, and we’re able to move forward “lightly” in terms of capital spending. We don’t have fixed premises, only variable costs, and we build economic models behind each project that we support. For all the activities that we support, we try to ensure that the project leaders are able to make a living from them, with the precise model depending on the project concerned.

What projects does OuiShare have in the pipeline?

We’re making progress on the structuring of our organisation; we make working on this a priority during the “summit” that we organise every six months, using a consensus mode for making strategic decisions. We do this by bringing together the connectors and the existing members. We’re also working on the OuiShareFest 2015 which needs to be on the road, in Paris or in province. We also have active research projects in various European countries, and we want to scale up our project incubator activity.

Anne-Sophie Novel

« #OuiShare The crucible of a new culture based on sharing and trust, a prototype of a distributed, collaborative organisation »

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