Sharing Economy is one of the phenomena of a world rapidly changing.

This reshaping of the world is happening faster than the reshaping of the societies and their institutions.

Talks, Lectures, Discussions & Workshop Embassy Lab shareCONOMY @ Embassy Kingdom of the Netherlands, Berlin, 7 July 2017


Sharing Economy is one of the phenomena of a world rapidly changing. This reshaping of the world is happening faster than the reshaping of the societies and their institutions.

In general there is a mismatch between the pace of transformation and the pace of society’s ability to develop the tools in order to get the best out of these new developments while cushioning the negative impacts.

To address these policy challenges one needs a better understanding of the Sharing Economy’s impact.

Supported by digital technology, we are experiencing a shift in economic transactions and thus social relationships. Access to goods is replacing ownership. Traditional commodity producers are transforming into services providers. Community-based online services provide information, enabling the optimization of resources and facilitating peer-to-peer transactions.

Sharing Economy is a common notion describing this ongoing fundamental transformation of our economies and societies, other terms being Collaborative Consumption, Peer-to-Peer Economy, Access Economy or On-Demand Economy.

With the help of online platforms and Social Media, reaching a large group of interested parties, Sharing Economy supports the optimization of the assets’ utilization. Thus Sharing Economy’s systematic mutual provision of objects and spaces, making the sharing of unused resources possible, can have a strong ecological dimension and a positive environmental impact.

Such digital platforms enable the small-scale provider. Anyway the role of the producer and consumer is fusing into the so-called “prosumer”. By being able to deliver for lower costs and better convenience, Sharing Economy providers are often preferred by customers. By offering more choices and making them more transparent, Sharing Economy can also empower the consumer.

On the other hand, by reducing the need for intermediaries between the supplier and consumer, Sharing Economy is threatening existing established business models. Sharing Economy is a threat for small locally owned companies, strengthening large remote technology companies. And Sharing Economy platforms benefit from the so-called “network effect”, becoming more valued when more people use them. By connecting employers and laborers for short-term employment opportunities, Sharing Economy bypasses the traditional employer-employee relationships. Such a flexibilization of the labor market is in mismatch with today’s inflexible social state instruments.


Embassy Lab shareCONOMY provides a space for an international interdisciplinary dialogue and a creative exchange on a broad range of issues, such as:

* Who owns the data we share?

* What is Europe’s potential in a globalized and sharing economy?

* What is Sharing Economy‘s economic impact today, how can it increase productivity, and what is Europe’s potential in this globalized economy?

* How can Sharing Economy foster social innovation and how to unfold its ecological potential?

* What is the nature of the new employment relationships and how are the “peers” protected?

* Who owns the data (we share) and how to bridge the digital divide?

* How to give space for innovation and help develop Sharing Economy‘s potential while reducing its negative effects?


Learning from the international exchange of experiences, among others between Amsterdam and Berlin, “Embassy Lab SHAReCONOMY” highlights the pros and cons of Sharing Economy and addresses the transition-related problems.
The program focuses on the policy challenges, examining if next to existing legislation new legislation is needed – and then at what level: local, national or European.

The program consists of Talks with input from the scientific community, from social innovation, from government and policy-making, and from business and of networking sessions.


Curators & Moderators

Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab curate “Embassy Lab SHAREeCONOMY”, together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin.

Welcome Address

Dr. Guido Biessen, Head Economic Department, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Berlin

Introduction and Moderation

Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab


Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso, Head of Department Firms and Markets, German Institute for Economic Research / DIW Berlin
ir. Arnoud van Waes, Innovation Researcher, Innovation Studies Department at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
Carsten Brzeski, Chief Economist, ING-DiBa
Dr. Michaela Haase, Head of the Center for Marketing Ethics, Marketing Department, Freie Universität Berlin
Arthur ten Wolde, Circular Economy Expert, European Sustainable Business Federation & Dutch Sustainable Business
Stefan Gotthardt, Ambassador Volkswagen Digital:Lab Berlin
Marleen Stikker, President and Co-founder of Waag Society
Pieter van de Glind & Harmen van Sprang, Co-founders of shareNL and of Sharing Cities Alliance
Femke Haccou, Program Manager Urban Innovation, Chief Technology Office Innovation Team, City of Amsterdam
Remi van den Berg, Policy Officer, Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs
Gabriele Weinhold, Head of Division “Tax and Fiscal Policy,” Directorate General “Basic Issues of the Social State, the State of Work and Social Market Economy”, German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Dr. Carsten Hayungs, Head of Division “Digital Customer Relationships; Informational Autonomy”, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Martijn Arets, Independent International Platform and Collaborative Economy Expert


Henrik Adler, Design of Creativity Processes Expert, „Process Design and Transformative Methods“ Unit, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Andreas Arnold, Founder & CEO LEIHBAR
Hidde Baars, Economic Counsellor at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Germany
Holger Bär, Research Associate, Futurium / Haus der Zukunf
Ahmad Sufian Bayram, Regional Manager at Techstars & Founder at ArabShare
Markus Beckedahl, Founder and Chief Editor of
Floris Beemster, Country Manager Germany for Utrecht, City of Amsterdam and Creative Holland
Anke Borcherding, Innovation Unit, Cluster “Industry, Smart City, Digitalisation and Creative Economy”, Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
Dr. Krista Bruns, Analyst and Policy Maker, Fiscal Policy Department, Dutch Ministry of Finance
Marion Bühl, Energy Manager, Department Energy, Environment & Innovation, Board of Directors, Berliner Stadtreinigung BSR
Marc-Julien Brüggemann, and
Sue Lyn Chong, Global Diplomacy Lab
Heinrich Coenen, Business Development Unit, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe / BVG
Damien Declercq, Executive Vice President – Europe Middle East and Africa, Local Motors Berlin GmbH
Alexander Ebert, Creative Carbon Advisor
Zsofia Elek, Designer, Process Design and Transformative Methods, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Juliana Marques Figale, Global Diplomacy Lab
Wilma Glücklich, Socially Integrative City, Neighborhood Management, Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing
Sinaida Hackmack, Project Manager, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and Researcher, Hertie School of Governance
Monika Hansen, and
Silvana Hansmann, Business Development Manager, Governmental Affairs DACH, Philips GmbH DACH
Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap, Director Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) , Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Senta Höfer, Global Diplomacy Lab
Ronald van den Hoff, President BV and of CDEF Holding BV
Kees van Laarhoven, Counsellor for Infrastructure and Environment at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Germany
Falko Leukhardt, Project Manager, German Council for Sustainable Development
Jasmijn Lodder, Senior Officer Environment and Mobility, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Germany
Dr. Karina Lott, Head of Governmental Affairs Germany, RELX Group
Brigitte Lüdecke, Project Manager, Neighborhood Management Soldiner Straße
Tom Maassen, Cultural Attaché at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Germany
Hella Möhring, and
Marietta Müller, Project Coordinator “Economy-Labour-Family Trialogues”, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform
Dr. Max Neufeind, Policy Advisor, Future of Work and Skilled Labour Supply, German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Lilian Potjer, Advisor and Policy Maker, Dutch Ministry of Finance
Thanegi Preuss, Communication and Consulting Germany/Myanmar
Frans Prins, Consulting Concepts Campaigns: for all the good things
Dr. Kirstin Pukall, Head of Division, General Issues of the Services Sector, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Dr. Katharina Reuter, CEO of UnternehmensGrün e.V,
Felix Scharf, Business Innovation Manager, Volkswagen Group
Dr. Florian Alexander Schmidt, Researcher, Journalist, Designer, Editor-in-chief of
Timo Schmitt , Berliner Tafel e.V.
Helge Spindler, Senior Researcher, Competence Team Urban Governance, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Lidia Sycheva, Research Assistant, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Gereon Uerz, Associate, Foresight + Research + Innovation, Arup University
Franziska Voß, Marketing Office, Board of Directors, Berliner Stadtreinigung BSR
Thomas Wagner, Project Manager, Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
Manuel Wirsing, Policy Officer, Innovation Unit, Division Central Innovation Programme for SMEs, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Noel Wigdor, Co-founder, CEO of Jaspr Trades
Nikolai Wolfert, Co-founder of *Leila Berlin
Hani Zaitoun, Journalist Intern DIE ZEIT

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Embassy Lab shareCONOMY is developed by Hybrid Space Lab together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and Kingdom of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

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