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Use participatory design to reinvent Shareable, an information hub about sharing and the sharing economy. Shareable 2.0 will be more transparent, participatory, and continuously co-created by its community.
Shareable is the only online magazine about sharing. We’re excited to see how a community with sharing as a core value will envision a collaborative site. We’ll also document our open design process so others can replicate it.
Sharing happens in networks, and Shareable’s network has grown rapidly since our 2009 launch.
Our passionate community (93% of readers talk to others about sharing) is Shareable’s greatest asset. This community, with a core value of sharing, is well-aligned with participatory design and a new collaborative site. Shareable 2.0 will create a sharing and collaboration platform, offering tools such as sharing maps, resource indices and multimedia content. As the sharing movement grows (e.g. car-sharing), site readership will expand dramatically, moving the story of sharing into the center of civic dialogue. Ultimately, this will help shift society from a destructive narrative emphasizing self-interest to one of sharing, collaboration and service. Our observations indicate the time is ripe—people desperately want to live a new story of success by helping one another.
Shareable’s content is created by a team of full-time staff, freelance editors and writers, with readers contributing about one-third of our content. The design project we’re proposing will be overseen by Shareable’s publisher, Neal Gorenflo; led day-to-day by Shareable’s online community director, Seth Schneider; and include the staff and editorial team. We’ll invite participation from our readers and other stakeholders, and involve designers from award-winning design firms Hot Studio and Free Range Studios. We’ll share the products, processes and stories from our design process so others can learn from and replicate it elsewhere.
Shareable is a nonprofit journalism outlet doing innovative reporting on topics of sharing and collaboration to build resilience, including: collaborative consumption, coworking, cooperatives, social movements like Occupy, open source/data, and gov 2.0. We’ve collaborated with innovative organizations, such as publishing articles with San Francisco Public Press and a series with Sustainable Economies Law Center. We’ve already built version 1.0 of Shareable. Our Drupal-based site allows reader publishing and commenting, and is entirely Creative Commons licensed. We’re analyzing data from a recent reader survey and have researched participatory design and open design processes.
Shareable is halfway through a four-year Schecter Family Foundation grant. We’ve received sponsorships and started a donor program. This project would provide the infrastructure to deepen engagement with Shareable’s network and allow it to self-organize. The new site will help Shareable be supported by our community and diversify our funding.