• Who We Are

    Australian expertise in commons initiatives and locally productive cities

    Sharon Ede

    (Adelaide)

    Sharon is an urbanist and activist with a background in the ecological cities movement, who works to build the sharing and collaborative movement in Australia and beyond. In 2012, she set up Share Adelaide to curate sharing ideas and news for South Australia. She has worked in State government in South Australia for over fifteen years, in roles including environmental planning, greening of government, resource efficiency and collaborative economy. During this time, she established the Ecological Footprint concept in the state, which was later incorporated as a target in the Strategic Plan for South Australia; initiated Share N Save, a digital platform to map community sharing activity, which has since been made open source; and successfully advocated for funding for community based shared fabrication spaces. Sharon was selected as a Sharing Cities Fellow by US-based Shareable and contributed to the Housing and Mobility chapters of their 2017 book, 'Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons'.

     

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    Jose Ramos
    (Melbourne)

    Dr. Jose Ramos is director of Action Foresight, a Melbourne-based business that focuses on bridging transformational futures with present-day action. He has taught foresight, public policy and social innovation at a number of universities, including at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), Swinburne University of Technology, Leuphana University (Germany), Victoria University and the University of Sunshine Coast. He is senior consulting editor for the Journal of Future Studies, and has over 50 publications spanning economic, cultural and political change. Jose has built a specialization on what he calls “cosmo-localization”, the emergence of open design and distributed manufacturing capabilities. Over the past several years he has documented a number of case studies, initiated an international research network, spoken at events and written extensively on its emerging trajectories, including a variety of future scenarios. Jose works in partnership with an ecosystem of creative people to bring our preferred futures into the present through various modes of research, facilitation, ideation, design, experimentation, and innovation.

     

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    Darren Sharp

    (Melbourne)

    Darren Sharp is the director of Social Surplus, a strategy consultancy that works with governments and communities to activate sharing cities using strength-based and design-led approaches. He is the Australian editor of Shareable, Melbourne coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network and recently co-authored the book Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons which contains 137 case studies and policies that showcases how city residents around the world are using commons-based strategies to meet their needs in housing, food, transportation, and energy. Darren is also undertaking doctoral research into Urban Experiments for Sustainability Transitions through Curtin University that is funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

     

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