OuiShare’s chief activities consist of building community, producing knowledge and incubating projects within the collaborative economy. We also offer support to individuals and organizations through professional services and education. For more details on our activities, please visit our wiki
The best way to find out what is happening in your local community is by either getting in touch with your city or country Connector (and meeting them), or joining your local community Facebook group. Check our list of communities to find your local group. You can also join a OuiShare event! To get further information, you might also want to follow the various OuiShare media channels, (on Facebook and Twitter) or subscribe to our community newsletter in the footer of this page.
OuiShare is a very organic, dynamic and decentralized organization, making it challenging to do a typical “head count” as usual in traditional organizations. There are three levels of involvement within OuiShare: Members, Connectors or Core-Connectors. (Read more here). Connectors and Core Connectors are the highly active members and they are 65! In october 2014, we also introduced an official OuiShare Membership and we already have more than 2000 active members in over 25 countries in Europe, South America and the Middle East. Check out our list of active communities to see in which cities we are.
We have now a formal membership registration process! Since October 2014. Read more here. Members are individuals that are actively involved in the community and contribute to projects, attend events and more. If you share our values and you feel you have contributed to OuiShare already, then you are a member!
A OuiShare Connector is one of the highly active members driving our organization by leading activities and projects. Read more about connectors and how to become one
There are many ways! Check out this overview of how you can get involved in the community and participate in our activities on a regional or global level. A good way to start is by looking for an active OuiShare group near you and getting connected in person! If your city or region is not listed, read more about how to start OuiShare in your city below.
To learn more about the different levels of involvement in OuiShare, go to organization.
If you would like to start a OuiShare community in your city or region, write an email to Antonin explaining your motivation to do so, and we will do our best to support the bootstrapping of your community.
Before getting started we also suggest you meet with active members from other communities. Is there a community nearby? Try to contact or visit them to learn from their experiences and find out more about how OuiShare works.
At the beginning, local OuiShare communities did not have their own legal entities. To keep our organization dynamic and ensure administrative overhead stays minimal, independent legal structures (in addition to our non-profit structure in France) were only created for highly active communities if truly necessary. But now, some communities have developped in such an impressive way that they can get their own structure! That is the case for the Spain OS community !
OuiShare started with a blog and a small group of collaborative economy enthusiasts in Paris in 2012, and rapidly spread all over Europe. Read our full story here.
In 2012, we developed a list of values that are at the heart of what we do and guide all our actions and decisions. You can see our values here. Since one of them is “permanent beta”, even these may evolve in the future!
We believe that our current economic system is not able to adequately respond to many of the economic, social and environmental issues our societies face. By leveraging existing technology and our ability to connect with like-minded individuals around the globe, we aim to help build a society based on collaboration, sharing and openness that can meet economic, social and environmental challenges . Read more about our definition of the collaborative economy
Our vision of a collaborative economy and, in the long term, a collaborative society, is by nature also a political vision. Therefore we acknowledge the importance of working with existing political institutions at different scales (local, regional, national and supranational) to help us achieve an impact as an organization.
However OuiShare, as an organization, does not favor (or ask to vote for) any political party. We value our independence, but this should not be confused with neutrality. Individuals within OuiShare are free to express their political views and get involved in the activities of political parties.
Read more about our involvement in public policy and advocacy
5 years is a long time considering that OuiShare was founded in January 2012, and given that this experiment is permanent beta, our long term plans may always change. Nevertheless, here are some of our goals for the next years:
Read more about our organization
OuiShare is an independent organization that is not directly connected to any startup or organization. However a number of active OuiShare members are also founders of startups in the collaborative economy space. We also partner with startups and organizations for individual projects, for instance through partnerships or other collaborations.
To date, OuiShare has been funded through sponsorships, public grants and donations from individuals. In addition to these sources, profitable projects and ventures incubated in the community are beginning to help fund the overall organization, such as for example large events such as OuiShare Fest. Read more about how OuiShare is funded
As an open contribution network OuiShare provides contacts, knowledge and visibility to the people who invest time in helping develop OuiShare locally and globally. The more you contribute, the more reputation you gain and the more opportunities you are exposed to.
Our community has been developed based on volunteer work, and has only been able to grow thanks to the contributions of dozens of people who invested their free time in building this community together and continue to do so. We think this intrinsic positive motivation is an extremely powerful force.
Today, many OuiShare members have a regular job and contribute to our activities in their free time. Others work full-time on OuiShare projects and help run the organization. However, since, (as Michel Bauwens states) “everybody can volunteer some of their time, ... but nobody can volunteer all of their time”, we strive to build a sustainable organization that enables committed people to make a living out of their contributions. We are constantly looking for new frameworks to empower our members and are thankful for any support in doing so.
Here are a few examples of how OuiShare Members and Connectors can find ways to make a living with interesting jobs in the collaborative economy: