IPS–MCCY Sharing City Workshop

Sharing initiatives are gaining traction worldwide. Ranging from redistribution markets, product service systems, and collaborative lifestyles, sharing has engendered positive effects for the individual, economy and society. Besides meeting extrinsic needs such as saving time and reducing costs, sharing promotes shared experiences, builds communities and develops local economies. At a personal level, the act of sharing also improves people’s emotional wellbeing. However, despite their potential, governments and innovators face different challenges in growing the sharing space. This workshop examines the wide spectrum of sharing initiatives, particularly those from a community-building perspective.

The first half of this workshop features a presentation by Mr Pieter van de Glind, an expert in the field of sharing and platform economy, on key trends and developments on the international landscape. Following which, IPS will present the findings from a study commissioned by MCCY in 2018. The study, conducted in two phases, examined the sharing landscape in Singapore. Led by IPS Senior Research Fellow Dr Carol Soon, the study collected data on a wide range of sharing initiatives, both revenue-generating ones (e.g., Grab, Airbnb) and non-revenue-generating ones (e.g., community fridges, umbrella sharing and Repair Kopitiam):

  • Phase 1 reviewed the different international frameworks and initiatives for sharing, identified the factors and conditions that facilitate sharing, and examined policies in countries with notable sharing initiatives. It also mapped the sharing landscape in Singapore.
  • Phase 2 comprised six focus group discussions with users, lapsed/non-users, and innovators of revenue-generating and non-revenue-generating initiatives.

Mr Patrick Wong, President of Sharing Economy Association of Singapore, will speak about issues relating to security, trust and service as the sharing economy sector matures, and how the Association could work with agencies and communities to improve awareness, adoption, and inclusiveness.

The presentations will set the stage for these discussion questions: What are the developments worldwide when it comes to sharing initiatives? How successful are those efforts and what are some of the challenges and impediments? What are the trends and developments in Singapore in this space? How can sharing initiatives contribute to society building? What role can the government play to grow the sharing landscape? This workshop brings together policymakers, innovators and researchers to discuss these issues.

Click here to view speakers' bios.

Click here to view the programme.


  • Presentation Slides of Mr Pieter van de Glind
  • Presentation Slides of Dr Carol Soon
  • Presentation Slides of Mr Patrick Wong

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  • Conference Room, Level 1, Oei Tiong Ham Building
    Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
    National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus)
    469C Bukit Timah Road
    Singapore 259772
    Tue 25 June 2019
    09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    By invitation only.

    For enquiries, please contact Ms Verlin Loh at tel: 6601-6097 or email: decb64_aXBzLmV2ZW50OEBudXMuZWR1LnNn_decb64.