What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The People Who Share addresses three interconnected issues: economic, environmental and social. We believe sharing is the solution to these global problems. By sharing resources and opportunities we can solve the economic crisis; by sharing responsibility, surplus and stuff we can solve the environmental crisis, by sharing knowledge, time, ideas and responsibility we can solve the social crisis.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
• By 2050, roughly three billion more people will be joining us on this planet so we need more efficient ways to use the earth's resources.
• Globally, 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty and one out of every five people don't have access to clean drinking water.
• Every day 50,000 people die needlessly because they are denied the basic essentials to live yet over half the world's assets are owned by less than 2% of the population.
• In our haste to consume, we’ve destroyed 1/3rd of the world’s natural resources.
• 99% of what we buy is thrown out within 6 months.
What is your solution?
The People Who Share promotes sharing and produces products and services that make sharing easy; proving that sharing is cheap, green, social and fun. We help to redistribute surplus to those who need it, enable you to get maximum value from your assets, obtaining more of what you want, exactly when you want it, at less cost to yourselves and the planet.
Sharing is a more efficient way to use the earth’s resources; you get superior products (because they’re designed to last); convenient service that is customized and timely, with the benefits of access but without the burden of ownership. Our business is both online and onland. Online, we are building a marketplace of sharing to aggregate the sharing sector, making it easier for people to share and converting online sharing into sharing in the community. Onland, our experiences and events such as Crowdshare, help build strong, sustainable communities through sharing and demonstrate that what we need is right on our doorstep.
In our short start up lifetime (7 months), we have demonstrated the following impact:
• Engaged 250 people in carnival of sharing (Crowdshare) at the Brighton Youth Centre (BYC), serves needs of low income families. People shared skills, time, talents, resources. 50 young people shared their skills and talents with local adults.
• Event resulted in increased uptake of youth centre paid activities by 50%.
• Our ‘Sharing Showcase’ promoted the local ‘sharing sector’. We introduced 250 people to services including car sharing, landshare, food share (project that feeds local homeless). Resulting in increased take up of sharing activities.
• Media highlights: Guardian Social Enterprise Network, development, Channel 4 TV, The Argus, BBC Radio Oxford; BBC Radio Kent, Stroud FM; U.C. Radio (interviews with Benita Matofska, 10 Million Sharers); Business Zone Dan Martin’s One To Watch – Benita Matofska
• Sharing Economy presentation & activities: UK Aware, Centre for Social Brilliance; The Finance Lab (WWF/ICAEW); Tasting the Future (WWF), Third Sector Digital Social Media Convention, Smart CSO’s Conference; NESTA , Big Society Network, Nexters, CityCamp Brighton, Convergence, Catalyst Club, UnLtd Future, UnLtd.
How will you deliver this?
Who is behind you and in your team?
The WOW Agency & Alan Stewart: Technology Sharer -- The WOW Agency embedded within London Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Computing provides our technical expertise.
Bertrand Beghin: Strategic & Financial Sharer -- Bertrand background in the financial services sector from being a Director at Deutsche Bank to an IT business analyst for Lehman Brothers provides our financial expertise.
Sameera Khan: Legal & Community Sharer --Sameera Khan brings legal skills and event planning / management skills.
Helen Kerr: Communications sharer – An expert in communications, photography, youth enterprise support, employability and promotions.
Yvette Bordley: Digital Sharer -- Yvette brings digital skills including website management, SEO & social media expertise.
Michael Green: Advice Sharer (advisor) -- Economist, a freelance journalist, author, former head of the communications department at the Department for International Development Michael served three Secretaries of State and oversaw £100 million annual funding to nonprofits.
Ray Sheath: Devil’s Advocate Sharer (advisor) -- The principal of Social Investment International an association of independent intermediaries who broker funds from social investors to social businesses.
Michelle Quest: Mentor – Michelle is a partner and Head of People at KPMG. Her career spans accounting, financial services, insurance, tax advisory, pensions, financial advisory and private equity.
Investors & Sponsors: UnLtd (Level 1), UnLtd Future, Nexters (Big Society Network). Private supporters include: Edward Hoare and Mike Phillips.
Partnerships & Relationships include: WOW Agency, FareShare, Big Society Network, Nexters, Innovation Lab, Finance Innovation Lab, Unltd Future, KPMG, WWF.
We have relationships with the key businesses and organisations in the ‘sharing sector’.