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Groundbreaking research to inspire and guide the GROWTH of SHARING in Vancouver, Canada. And what better way to fund it?
Gala Milne
Vancouver, British Columbia
9 Team Members

The Sharing Project is sponsored by Shareable.net which supports projects that help people share.

Thank you! The Sharing Project's indiegogo campaign is now complete!

If you live in Vancouver, opt-in to our public survey here: http://thesharingproject.ca/opt_in.html


BIG NEWS on The Tyee: "The Sharing Project Wants to Connect"

See full article here: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/04/11/Sharing-Project/

"When the study's findings are published later this year, the team intends to make it available as a resource to entrepreneurs, but also to present the information, and use it to facilitate discussion with the neighbourhoods themselves."

-Jesse Donaldson, The Tyee, April 11, 2013

UPDATE: WE MADE FRONT PAGE of THE NATIONAL POST!! There is a demand for sharing - now we need your support!

"People are increasingly looking at whether ownership is really necessary, or whether they just want the end result," said Chris Diplock. 

"Sharing, once largely the domain of public libraries and hippie co-ops, is increasingly spreading its tentacles into the mainstream, attracting the attention of major corporations and deep-pocketed investors."

- Tristin Hopper, The National Post, Monday April 8, 2013


"We see it as an opportunity to help meet our greenest city goals - reducing material consumption and waste," said Sean Pander  the city's assistant director of sustainability.

"It's also very effective to help non-profits or businesses expand and meet community and societal goals without needing taxpayer money."

Sharing is on the Rise

In growing numbers Vancouverites are turning to the sharing economy to save money, reduce consumption and connect with their community.

Initiatives like the Vancouver Tool Library, MODO Car Co-Op and The Hive workspaces have proven demand for shared skills and resources, and demonstrated the environmental, economic and social values of sharing. Our only question now is: “what next?”


The Sharing Project is producing groundbreaking research to empower citizens, shape policy, and identify new opportunities for sharing in Vancouver. Through focus groups, interviews, and surveys, we are determining what you want to share and how you want to share it.

Carol Murray

With 60% funding from the City of Vancouver and VanCity Credit Union, we’re satisfying the demand of policy makers, financial institutions and entrepreneurs for data on how to best shape the growth of our sharing economy. While Vancouver is the focus, our findings are public and relevant to communities worldwide.

So Let's Share

When you fund The Sharing Project, you’re funding a more inclusive, interactive, and empowered civic life.


  • Create and implement an interactive public engagement website
  • Mobilize citizens and members of the sharing community across Vancouver to participate in our open survey.
  • Hire the best data analyst to help summarize our research
  • Prepare a groundbreaking hyper-regional report on opportunities for Vancouver’s sharing economy

In return for your support, we’ve partnered with great organizations to give you a taste of what Vancouver has to share. For contributing, you'll be able to sample bike and car-sharing, share work space and creative space, and much more! See our list of perks on the right for more details.

History of the Sharing Project

Where did this idea come from? Glad you asked!

Two years ago, Chris Diplock and his partner Caitlin wanted to build a chicken coop in their backyard. They quickly realized how expensive it would be to purchase all the equipment they needed, and started knocking on neighbors’ doors instead. After saving money, storage space, and sharing an omelette with their neighbors, the pair realized that other folks in their community might also benefit from tool-sharing. After a bit of research, they noted the demand for tools in their community and founded the Vancouver Tool Library (VTL)

Today The VTL has rented over 3000 tools to over 600 members, offers monthly educational workshops, and has been part of countless community projects. It was featured in The Vancity Community Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report, and Chris has been recognized as a city-shaper through talks at SFU Public Square, Raincity Chronicles, and Pecha Kucha Vancouver.

Listen to Chris' story from Raincity Chronicles' "Extraordinary" storyteller's night here.

Looking forward, Chris realized the void of information to guide entrepreneurs, grantees and government interested in developing the sharing economy. So, in November 2012, he founded Collective Research Group (CRG) as a company to oversee The Sharing Project. CRG is a community research firm dedicated to using research tools to improve neighborhood dialogue in Vancouver.

With The Sharing Project, we are investigating ways to increase the capacity for shared goods and services and empower community leaders to step forward and create much-needed sharing projects in their neighborhoods.

Thanks to our Project Sponsors

Thank You

1. LIKE & SHARE The Sharing Project on Facebook

2. SHARE A TWEET with your followers about @Sharing_Project

3. SHARE DINNER with your neighbors... and tell them about The Sharing Project!

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This campaign ended on April 16, 2013
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Select a Perk
  • $15CAD

    A huge THANK YOU from the team! PLUS you'll be entered to win 1 of 5 surprise rewards!

    12 claimed
  • $35CAD
    Mover and Sharer

    Your ticket to an Evening of Sharing! Connect with share-minded citizens, policy-makers, artists, advocates, and business leaders over drinks and discussion into Vancouver's sharing community when The Sharing Project releases it's final report. Plus a shout-out on our facebook page!

    31 claimed
  • $50CAD
    Ready to Read

    Learn how to share! You'll get a free e-book about the sharing economy from New Society Publishers. Choose from 1 of 3 titles including: Share or Die; Humanizing the Economy; and Living Room Revolution + everything in the Mover and Sharer rewards.

    17 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $100CAD
    Neighborhood Collaborator

    Sneek-preview of our Final Report PLUS a live streamed presentation of The Sharing Project research findings from our Lead Researcher, Chris Diplock. This reward is great for community-organizations and prospective leaders of the sharing economy. You'll also receive the everything in the Mover and Sharer rewards category.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $150CAD
    Daily Sharer

    Complete Intro-to-Sharing Package (limited quantities!): 1 year membership with The Vancouver Tool Library (Requires Coop Share) + 1 day hot desk at The Hive shared workspace + $20 Seedstock Currency + 2 hour Kickstand Shop Time + Mover and Sharer reward

    5 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $175CAD
    Creative Cooperator

    Turn up the kiln! You'll receive a private paperweight-making lesson from the creative pro's at Terminal Glass City Cooperative + and the Mover and Sharer rewards

    1 out of 2 claimed
  • $250CAD
    Share-Savvy in the City

    For the ultimate city-sharer! $100 at MODO The Car Coop + 5-day punch card at The Hive shared office space + you'll be entered in a draw to win a hard copy of the awesome book "Share or Die" + a HUGE thank you from us and shout out on all our social media sites and 2 invites to the Evening of Sharing

    7 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Share the Sails!

    Always wanted to spend a summer day sailing English Bay with 4 of your closest pals? You and 4 pals will learn to sail with Viking Sailing Club - Vancouver's cooperative style sailing club. They might even let you scrub the decks of this 34-foot Bavaria sailing sloop! Surprise your friends, or team up to back this perk and share an intimate tour of our beautiful shore! (Saturday August 17, rain or shine)

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $2,500CAD
    Chief Sharer

    Your organization is moving forward Vancouver's sharing economy. Your logo will be featured on The Sharing Project website and final report as a chief sponsor PLUS your organization will receive $1000 digital advertising from The Tyee Online Newspaper + major thank you on our social media websites!

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
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