Sharing Economy Expert April Rinne offers Great Takeaways for Businesses that Support City Planning: Real Estate Developers, Contractors, Building Material Manufacturers

4 tough questions that should be top of mind for businesses that support city planning:

  1. How does the sharing economy affect how we use, design, develop and manage urban spaces and properties?  
  2. Do you understand how the sharing economy might improve a city’s quality of life, attractiveness and overall livability?   
  3. What are cities around the world doing to understand and harness the sharing economy? How are cities and sharing economy business cooperating to make this work?
  4. How is the sharing economy enabling (and sometimes forcing) us to rethink public services and infrastructure needs?

Additional Context:

  • The sharing economy enables us to put underutilized assets and resources to better use. It includes a range of business models premised on access over ownership.
  • These underutilized assets include all kinds of spaces, from homes to offices, commercial and retail buildings, hotels, parking spaces, green spaces, public and community spaces, as well as construction equipment and tools.
  • The sharing economy holds significant insights and benefits for cities, including how urban spaces are developed, managed and upgraded – part of the Sharing Cities concept.
  • The sharing economy and an access mindset enables individuals, families, companies and cities to rethink their resource needs. This generally leads to: 
    • More sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyles
    • Cost savings
    • Greater connection to community
    • More efficient production and consumption patterns; smaller environmental footprint
April currently leads the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the urbanization advisory group. Read her latest WEF Blog Posts >>