Our DNA

From its beginnings 6 years ago in an apartment in Paris, Ouishare has grown into  an international network with 80 connectors (highly active members) and hundreds of members in 20 countries throughout Europe, Latin and North America, and the Middle-East.
It all started with the vision of transforming the world through sharing, using technology to organize as networks of peers and do business in a more open, collaborative and horizontal way. Inspired by this idea for a better future, a team of young and passionate individuals created Ouishare as an experiment and a quest to do more meaningful work and challenge the status quo.

Today, the members of Ouishare spend a lot of time questioning, experimenting, and deconstructing the myths of our time as well as our own idealistic visions: collaborative practices, shared governance, decentralization, smart cities. We like to move into areas where we are not expected and are always exploring the edges to find new ways to address the many challenges of our time.

We are best known for our expertise in organizing innovative and participatory events, creating and curating physical spaces that connect diverse ecosystems, and our ability to research and shed light on emerging topics.

Some former Ouishare members have become entrepreneurs, others have joined public agencies, and again others enjoy the life of freelancers. With time, we have come to realize that that Ouishare is much like a university, an incubator of people for those who seek a new type of entrepreneurship. This is what we are most proud of.

The adventure will continue as long as there are other explorer-entrepreneurs willing to join us, who have the desire to lead innovative projects and to question our times.

Our values

These five values guide our actions and decisions. Although we come from diverse backgrounds and approach topics from various perspectives, these principles are what hold us together.

Do-ocracy

Permanent Beta

Care

Collaboration

Openness

How we work

Ouishare is an international network of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Next to Connectors (Ouishare’s core and highly active members), our members demonstrate a wide range of skills that range from design, project management, research, and organizational communication. What brings the collective together is not so much a shared skill as a common vision and a way of doing things.

Our distributed decision-making process allows us to develop projects in a flexible, autonomous, and meritocratic way. The fact that we have rapidly evolved from a handful of enthusiasts to a global network is partially due to the organization’s ability to grow organically through distributed leadership and self-organization.

For a deeper understanding of how Ouishare works, check out opensource.ouishare.net, where we document our activities and knowledge about building an international network.

Connectors

Tight community of passionate individuals who put our mission into action

Members

Open community of people who identify themselves with our mission and values, and contribute to our activities

Friends

A global ecosystem of friend organizations and partners

We regularly collaborate with international organizations with whom we hold common values and goals. These collaborations essentially involve event organization and content sharing. Check who they are by clicking on their logos.

Our economic model

Ouishare’s economic model is an original creation. We count on the support of our sponsors to finance activities of general interest as well as projects on which we are collaborating, and especially MAIF, since 2015.

We also appeal to the generosity of members by proposing a one-time or a recurring donation.

Finally, a portion of the profits earned thanks to projects financed through Ouishare Expérience SAS goes toward supporting activities that are not self-financing, such as the organization of local events or the documentation of our activities.

To show your support of Ouishare by donation, click here.

*Ouishare France budget

1,8M€
annual budget in 2017*
300
events organized on a volunteer basis
+40
general interest projects supported