OuiShare, Public Policy and Advocacy

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Does OuiShare care about Advocacy & Public Policy? YES

As explained in the article: legal no-man’s land: the collaborative economy needs its own laws:

It is inevitable that social innovation such as the one on the collaborative economy to be ahead of the law. But still it would be desirable to raise awareness for the potential of the collaborative economy among legislators and encourage them to create a specific framework for it, as this would foster its growth and rescue it from its current situation in legal no man’s land.

To be coherent with the Impact value of OuiShare and in order to accelerate the shift toward a more collaborative economy, Advocacy and Public Policy activities are performed by OuiShare.

Is OuiShare a lobby then? NO!

In short, no :)


One of the things we have learned so far is that beyond the problems with legal status of the microentrepreneurs (the one who generates income on P2P activities) and some issues related to taxes there is not so much common ground among the different collaborative economy sectors and companies.


Getting OuiShare involved on direct lobbying for a specific company, in a specific region, having very specific legal issues would certainly conflict with the Independence value, therefore OuiShare does not do lobbying for companies.


Check below the list of other organizations involved on public policy and lobbying activities related to the collaborative economy

OuiShare activities on the Advocacy & Public Policy front

Indirect advocacy

OuiShare approach is to perform indirect advocacy

  1. Activism and grassroots lobbying, mostly focused at local level but not excluding national and supranational levels
  2. Research in order to publish under open licenses hard data from studies that can support a variety of activities performed by other organizations in the same space
  3. Being a neutral hub and facilitator of the dialogue between public officials and sectors of the collaborative economy

Examples of recent activities

Some examples of past activities:


The framework described in this section does not prevent individuals, who are also members of OuiShare, to perform direct advocacy activities, but not under OuiShare hat or using the OuiShare brand.

How can I contribute?

Start by joining the dedicated group on Facebook, OuiShare Policy

List of other existing organizations active on the public policy area

This list is probably not complete, if you know an organization that is not listed here please send an e-mail

World wide:

Europe wide:


France

Italy

United Kingdom

  • TBC

Spain

Netherlands

USA