The Big Share: Brighton and Hove celebrates Global Sharing Week

The Big Share: Brighton and Hove celebrates Global Sharing Week

The Big Share takes place on Hove Lawns on Saturday 22nd June, marking the grand finale of Global Sharing Week 2019. For the first time in Brighton this community based free event will bring people together to celebrate sharing culture, and help build a more caring, inclusive, altruistic city.

Organised by charity The People Who Share and The Social Society, participants can enjoy activities ranging from a kindness mob to a big beach clothes swap, as well as a share table in aid of Brighton and Hove Voices in Exile. There is also a crowd sing-a-long and performances from The Dulcetones community choir, singer-songwriter Rifka Ravenna, as well as many other acts. In addition, authors Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald will be signing copies of their book Generation Share for visitors.

Free and open to all, The Big Share sees Brighton and Hove join the multitude of cities around the world - including Amsterdam, Seoul, San Francisco and most recently, Norwich, who are adopting the sharing city concept. This movement is gaining momentum and aims to offset pressing challenges such as wealth, inequality, social isolation and climate change through the efficient and equitable sharing of vital resources.

Benita Matofska, founder of The People Who Share, says: “Brighton and Hove has the opportunity to become a beacon for the sharing movement given the city’s strong sharing culture. We believe the sharing movement will be central to overcoming many of our modern societal challenges. Indeed, research carried out for Generation Share, a book published for Global Sharing Week, evidences the powerful social impact of the sharing economy.

“The Big Share will take us closer to becoming a sharing city, joining the most future-facing cities around the world, and helping residents access resources they need for their everyday lives.”

Event co-organiser, Toni Finnimore adds: “The Social Society has joined forces with The People Who Share to deliver The Big Share to the city. We believe that bringing people together to share their time, skills and expertise - while having fun and enjoying themselves - builds lasting connections. Ultimately, sharing helps foster stronger and more sustainable communities.”

If you want to support or volunteer at The Big Share contact Toni at The Social Society.