Territorial aspects

The relationships between Sharing or Collaborative Economy and territory can be examined in different ways.

On the one hand, the technological platforms that articulate these relationships allow for less dependence on the physical dimension of the relationships. The lower dependency deterritorializes the exchanges, while at the same time the building of social capital and a space for shared values, the feeling of a certain sense of identity and even the concept of sustainability that incorporates the use of idle resources mean that somehow these processes need to materialize in a given physical space or territory.

One of these perspectives links the economic paradigm shift represented by the collaborative economy to the sustainable development of the territories. In their book “Sharing Cities. A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities “, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman argue that the intersection of a highly networked physical space with new digital technologies and new mediated forms of sharing offers cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity and sustainability.