OuiShare Fest 2014 Blog

A three-day festival about the Collaborative Economy.

OuiShare Fest Day 3: a day full of learning

Although there might have been a little less people showing up for breakfast on Day 3, this was more than compensated for by the stream of people that joined the Sharing Fair in the afternoon, where companies and other players from the collaborative economy got the chance to present their projects to the wider public. A nice way to end three days of conference, co-creating and connecting, and to make people aware of the new way of doing business in the 21st century: collaborative and open.


Decoding Open Source Festivals in the Factory

Who knows better how to organize an open source festival than the people who have actually done it? Day 3 in the Factory started with a panel on how to organize an open source festival, featuring OuiShare’s own Francesca Pick, Lars Zimmermann from Open It Agency and John Thackara from Doors of Perception. What seemed to be one of the key take-aways from the panelists’ experiences was actually that festivals are not about lessons from experts, but about encounters and co-creation. Francesca underlined that also things like sponsorship has to be rethought in these terms. No wonder then that so many of the OuiShare Fest partners were actively participating in various workshops and panels, not as sole experts but as co-creators. The rest of the morning in the factory was further dedicated to the themes of distributed leadership and horizontal organizations, for example dealing with the potential synergies between “traditional” cooperatives and peer-to-peer structures.

Mapping it out

At the boat there was a long and intense morning workshop about Mapping the Collaborative Economy, with examples from all over the world of local initiatives triggering a “It’s just around the corner and I didn’t even know about it” effect. Participants further discussed how to coordinate the various projects and databases in place to show the power of the collaborative economy to the world. 

“What do grown-ups share? Not enough!”

Clever words by the far youngest OuiShare Fest speaker Pearl before the start of a panel about circular economy, followed by a series of talks on the environmental implications of the collaborative economy, led by OuiShare co-funder Flore Berlingen. You can see her speech about what kids and adults share in this 1 minute video. 


One of the keynote speakers during the morning was Robin Chase from Buzzcar, who stressed the urgency of starting to change things with the stuff we have right now, and not wait for technology to solve our most pressing problems, like for example climate change. Taking the exponential evolution of AirBnB as an example, Robin said that peer processes have a lot to contribut towards building a string “community muscle” to respond to complex challenges.    

“We want a sustainable new economy, and the sharing community is a big part of that” – Robin Chase, Buzzcar

Helen Goulden from Nesta followed up on the theme of climate change, pointing to sad fact that in many studies, climate change often turn out to be of little concern for people, at least in relation to closer, more tangible issues. She also saw a collaborative paradigm as a way to respond to such challenges in a new way, seeing that “stitching” sustainability into existing businesses does not seem to be working all that well.

The morning at the Circus proceeded with an interview with Nathalie Foster, executive director of Peers, who expressed that she had come to the OuiShare Fest to learn, but also to bring back messages to her colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic.

“I’m a transmitter” - Natalie Foster, Peers.org

Another important person who was at the OuiShare Fest to learn was the French Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, Axelle Le Maire, who surprisingly entered through the back stage to meet the crew working in the “coulisses” of OuiShare Fest. She said that one of the most important reasons to be there was to meet people working “on the ground”. With over 1000 visionaries gathered in one place, we hope that the minister was pleased. 

"I can’t be blind. This is happening" - @axellelemaire about sharing economy - Gayané Adourian via Twitter


The chance to meet with people form “the ground” was indeed provided during the Sharing Fair, where OuiShare Fest opened up to the public during the last afternoon in the Circus. From everything to more known businesses like BlablaCar to the Basic Income movement, the fair reflected the diverse fields in which the collaborative economy can be found.


Tools for learning

In the meanwhile in the Camp, the afternoon was dedicated to chances for projects and start-ups in the collaborative economy to learn about new tools and opportunities to develop their ideas further. For example, the European Commission sponsored project Digital Social was holding in a Q&A session about funding opportunities for digital social innovation: a topic that lies close at heart for many collaborative Start-ups. There were also many useful tips and tricks given by various specified companies on how to build community, trust and a sustainable business model. These aspects are of course inter-related and there is no one-fits-all solution. However, what seems to be important for services in the collaborative economy is to find the right focus, be personal, and of course to solve a problem for users in a clear and easy way.

Awards and celebrations: #OuiShareLove

When it was time to close the there days of conference, co-creation and connecting, the winners of OuiShare Awards were announced and called up on stage, including: Copass, Common libraries, Guerilla translation, Sofa Concert and Symba, who will all be coming back to Paris this autumn for a one week acceleration program among OuiShare peers.

But also for those who did not win a price, there was still reason to celebrate the new knowledge acquired or new contacts made during the fest. With excellent music provided first by the Brass Band, then by great DJs, including OuiShare Fest Co-Chair Benjamin Tincq who amazingly was still standing after 25hours straight of work putting his records on.

Before going away for a few days retreat on the French country side (kindly organised by La Mutinerie) the OuiShare Fest team would now like to thank to all people attending OuiShare fest 2014, and for making it such an unforgettable experience. Now lets use all the positive energy gathered during these three days to bring about changes to our local areas and fields of work. The collaborative economy is everywhere, and to borrow and remix the expression of Michel Bauwens on the FLOK society:

Lets collaborate this, lets collaborate that… Lets collaborate the world!

See you at #OSFest15


Delivered by: Stina Heikkila, OuiShare Fest communications team

Inspiring re-cap of three magic days of #OSFest14 in Paris. Thanks again to all attendees, team members and volunteers for making this amazing thing happen! See you at #OSFest15

Charles Eisenstein sends his special greetings for OuiShare Fest 2014, talking about communities and how we can help each other thrive.

Thank you Charles!

Live voices from the collaborative economy, with Neal Gorenflo and Javier Creus


What do you share?

Javier wants to share the beauties of life

Although Neal was a bit too tired after last night’s festivities to answer, basically “his” shareable platform says it all: he has a lot to share!

What would you like people at OuiShare Fest to talk about?

Javier: Underground world of paris and PARTY…..”seriously, when is the party?”

What is the one thing you love and that you want others to love too?

Conversations and other people!

Something that very few people know about you:

Javier has triplet sisters and Neal is a life hacker/ experimenter.

So anything new, wild and crazy bring it ON!!!!!

Thanks guys!

Narmada Ramakrishna,

Besides the stories here, check out the array of cross-pollinating collection of ideas and creative food for thought also here: www.thelittlevioletbook.wordpress.com

Live voices from the collaborative economy, with Robin Chase from Buzzcar

What do you share with people?

"Everything, and right now: INTERNET"

What do you want people to talk to you about during OuiShare Fest?

Climate change

What do you love that you want others to love as well?

Handmade stuff. (What few people knows about Robin is that she likes to knit). 

Thank you Robin! Don’t miss her session dealing with Climate Change, in the Circus at 11.30.

By: Narmada Ramakrishna,

Besides the stories here, check out the array of cross-pollinating collection of ideas and creative food for thought also here: www.thelittlevioletbook.wordpress.com

Drivers for Empowerment, with Maëva Tordo

Are you passionate about social and collaborative entrepreneurship? Working on a startup project? Offering support for entrepreneurs? Innovating within your company as an social “intrapreneur”?


Maëva Tordo, Head of European Incubators at Blue Factory, invites you to join their highly interactive workshop this afternoon at 4.30pm at the Camp! After a short and dynamic intro about how communities are growing to foster entrepreneurship, the stage will be yours ! Pitch your project and share your challenges, wishes and thoughts with the audience to activate collaborative intelligence and efficient serendipity.

Thank you Maëva! See you there! 

Join Digital Social

Know who these guys are? You should! They have a lot of interesting information to share with you. If you haven’t already noted it down, Digital Social will take part in a Q&A session about European Funding opportunities for digital social innovation, at the Camp at 2pm today. Read on to discover more on what’s on offer.
What is the role of Digital Social in the collaborative economy ecosystem?

The European Commission has funded the digtalsocial project to build a living map of communities and projects that use digital technologies for the social good. Led by Nesta, the project partners are Esade, Waag Society, IRI, FutureEverything, and Swirrl. We have developed a crowdmapping facility http://digitalsocial.eu/ based on open linked data to crowdmap the different types of DSI organisations, where they are based and how they are connected. The network wants to become a hub to find information about funding and resources across Europe for digital social innovation. Sharing economy projects are invited to join the map and create a digitalsocial.eu profile, and become part of a growing Network of digital social innovation. By joining  the network you can discover new funding opportunities, find the right partners, share skills and knowledge, and find support to develop and scale your collaborative project. Once the network of digital social innovation actors in Europe is mapped and its dynamics understood, it will inform future EC initiatives, research and policy to foster open and inclusive innovation for social good in Europe. 

What is the European Commission doing to support digital social innovation and the sharing economy?

The development of open data infrastructures, knowledge co-creation platforms, wireless sensor networks, decentralized social networking, and open hardware can potentially serve collective action and help scaling the collaborative economy ecosystem.  Today the growth of digital services has resulted in an imbalance between the dramatic scale and reach of commercial Internet models and the relative weakness of collaborative alternatives, mainly filling marginal niches and unable to gather a critical mass of users and exploit the network effect. However, the European Commission is creating new funding instruments and policies to support grassroots social innovators within the framework of the Digital Agenda for Europe (http://bit.ly/1o34tQ8), and in particular the Collective Awareness Call (http://bit.ly/1cTfmPq) that ail launch a new funding call of around 30 million Euro in the next EU Research and Innovation programme, Horizons 2020 (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020).

What can people expect to find in this session?

We are going to discuss the opportunities that EU funding can offer to nourish and scale the collaborative economy ecosystem.  We will introduce the next EU funding instruments that could support projects in the collaborative economy such as the next Collective Awareness call.  We ail also share Nesta’s experience in implementing specific EU funded projects, providing some tips and tricks and discuss what it can be learned from our projects. 

The big challenges for the EU are how to make it easier for small scale radical innovations involving digital technology and sharing to emerge and evolve, but perhaps more important how to create the conditions for the really powerful ones to get to scale – which will nearly always involve disrupting existing structures and institutions, build new collective instritutions and infrastructures for the XXI century. So join the digitalsocial.eu network and contact us contact@digitalsocial.eu or send us a tweet @digi_si  to know more.

Thank you Digital Social! See you at the Camp!

OuiShare Fest Day 2: stories from around Cabaret Sauvage

“Another cracking day. Thanks to everyone I spoke to today - got some great advice & real food for thought” #osfest14Polly Cook, Team Up MacMillan via Twitter

Even if the first day of OuiShare Fest was really intense, people seemed to have a lot of energy left for Day 2 - a day full of interactive sessions and workshops taking place around Cabaret Sauvage. 


Trust, fun and serious at the Circus

Like Day 1, the morning at the Circus kicked off with a series of “Inspire” sessions, where the concepts of communities and trust were dealt with at length both at a more abstract level and through the lens of user platforms such as HomeExchange and BlaBlaCar. The BlaBlaCar team had recently figured out that the best work principle for them as a company is a mix of “Fun and Serious”, meaning individual serious that enables collective fun, while HomeExchange’s experience with trust had taught them that: the best way of knowing whether you can trust somebody is to trust them!


When the microphone was handed over to Castorama’s CEO Véronique Laury, a stream of Tweets appeared in the Storify captured for this session, recording her insight about the impact of the collaborative consumption on the traditional retail industry. It seemed rather clear for Véronique that while retailers may have missed the first revolution of Internet, they are not to miss the second one: sharing economy and DIY. This idea seemed to be shared by representatives from the other OuiShare Fest corporate partners Orange and La Poste, as well as ParkAtMyHouse, who during the panel How Large Companies Can Empower the Collaborative Economy discussed how consumers are becoming increasingly involved in the design of products and services, and that companies who wish to survive have to follow this trend.


Imagining SharExpo on the Boat

The morning session SharExpo: International Exhibitions and Sharing Economy on the boat were about understanding the various opportunities presented by the collaborative economy for international event management. One interesting example and sort of “test” for the potential of the Italian collaborative economy will the Universal Exhibition to take place in Milan 2015, which constitutes a great chance to propose collaborative services as a means to empower local initiatives and to meet the excess demand expected to be generated by some 14 million people coming from around Italy and other 6 million from abroad to attend this occasion. People from the Italian organisation Collaboriamo (Lets collaborate) and its founder Marta Manieri thus have a lot on their plate in the near future. To see some social media highlights, check out the Storify of the morning session.


OuiShare Factory Workshops and #Factorytalk

Today the OuiShare Factor was full of energy, with no less than two workshops held throughout the day, as well as talks and discussions about common problems and solutions.  Check out the Factory Storify for more. Talking to one of the key forces behind OuiShare Factory Marc Chataigner, he seemed happy about the activities so far.  What had struck him when talking to local maker spaces in Paris and beyond is that even if he may have thought so previously, they mostly turn out not to be competing, but rather complement each others’ business models. Some may be mostly oriented towards providing free access to a large audience, such as FabLabs, while others focus more on special niches of activity or specific projects. Most importantly: they have a lot to learn from each other, and they are taking the chance to do so at OuiShare Fest!



In the meanwhile at the Camp…

In the Camp, most of the morning was taken up by The Hottest Research Questions On The Collaborative Economy, bringing together researchers from many different countries and institutions to present their research projects and discuss common issues and possible future collaboration. One recurring theme seemed to be the desire to be able to measure the social and environmental impacts of the collaborative economy, which seem to be a lot mentioned but in reality little recorded by startups and actors from the collaborative economy field. But with a lot of interesting ongoing projects, the hopes are high for soon finding some answers to the many hot questions raised during the session.


After lunch, the Camp was occupied by another type of workshop: Platform Design Workshop: Corporations & The Collaborative Economy led by Simone Cicero and Javier Creus, which focussed on building a business model apt to cope with infinite demand for products.

Cities in the Collaborative Economy 

In the afternoon, Albert Canigueral, April Rinne and Marco Torregrossa did a great job moderating no less than three sessions about cities in the collaborative economy, from city mayors discussing policies, to people presenting case studies from amazing initiatives taking place around the world in cities trying to become “rich in the currencies that matter” as April Rinne nicely put it.

“We need to change our story about cities: from cities as marketplaces to cities as commons” - Neal Gorenflo, Shareable.net   

And much, much more!

These stories only show a small fraction of all the things happening during OuiShare Fest Day 2, but hopefully they capture some of the diversity that gives the event one of its key strengths. 

And don’t worry: we have plenty of stories lined up waiting to be told! But first, lets see what the third day has on offer. You don’t want to miss it!

Thank you from the OuiShare Fest team!


Delivered by: Stina Heikkila, OuiShare Fest Communications Team