International “Conference” of 2nd and 3rd October 2017 in Valencia (Spain) as part of the European project “open DOORS – Designing a network of cOOperating cReative communities for developing a Sharing economy.
Promoted by the “open DOORS” project, organized by the partners and hosted by Econcult from the University of Valencia, Mediterranean Network for Sharing and Collaborative Economy “MedShare” EVENT will take place on 2nd and 3rd of October in Valencia.
The 2nd of October at Economics School of University of Valencia, Campus dels Tarongers, Av. dels Tarongers, S/N, 46022 Valencia and the 3rd of October at INNSOMNIA, Moll de Ponent ‐ Base 2, 46024 Valencia.
The European projects “open DOORS”, financed under the Interreg MED Programme, promote a Mediterranean vision of sharing and collaborative economy as a driver of economic social and territorial development.
MedShare Network is actually the first tangible result of Interreg MED projects on Axis 1 (INNOVATION: Promoting Mediterranean innovation capacities to develop smart and sustainable growth).
In a changing world, we want and seek to make the EU a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three priorities are mutually reinforcing and should help the EU and the Member States to achieve high levels of employment, productivity, and social cohesion. In particular, the European Union has set five ambitious targets for employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy to be achieved by 2020.
In this context, the Sharing/Collaborative Economy is a new window of opportunity that may induce innovation processes, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of exchanges, enhance the use of available resources and contribute to the diffusion of values such as sustainability, respect for the environment, trust in the community or the recovery of more friendly forms of sociability and exchange.
These opportunities are particularly relevant for the Mediterranean regions of Europe, as they are most affected by the crisis, are specialised in sectors with a greater implementation of experiences associated with the sharing economy, such as agro-food, tourism or some services to people, and finally Mediterranean cultures have traditionally understood markets not only as spaces for the exchange of goods but also as spaces for socialising and exchanging experiences, emotions, and sensations.
From this perspective, the “open DOORS” project aims to deepen knowledge of the processes and mechanisms that facilitate the development of the Sharing/Collaborative Economy and to promote a solid network of stakeholders to boost the collaborative economy and enable its social control in order to try to maximize its positive effects in the economic, social and environmental sphere, limiting its negative externalities, especially related to labour precariousness or tax avoidance. With appropriate promotion and regulation mechanisms, the collaborative economy can be a factor of economic growth, territorial dynamism, and social integration.
With this in mind, a formal network named “MEDShare Network - Mediterranean Network for Sharing and Collaborative Economy” of public and private agents will be set up in Valencia during the Conference, with a joint strategy and action plan that will explore the dissemination of successful experiences, propose appropriate regulatory environments, explore innovative new services to local creative communities, and ultimately allow them to “open the doors” to new forms of collaborative economy.
The “Conference” will see the participation of project partners from Spain (University of Valencia – Econcult), Italy (ANCI Lazio, CNR-IRPPS and CNA Abruzzo), Croatia (University of Zagreb – FER) and Slovenia (University of Maribor and Technology Park of Ljubjana).
More than 60 stakeholders from different European regions have been convoked in Valencia to join the Valencia declaration on Collaborative Economy and to be part of the MEDShare network for Sharing & Collaborative Economy.
The event is open to the public. If you have some interesting about Collaborative and Sharing Economy fill the form to register and participate.
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