Sharing Cities: Designed for Transformation

With more than 50% of people living cities, human beings are now an urban species. Cities are where we’ll make our future with the decisions we make today. What is asharing city? And how are sharing cities relevant to the dire social challenges we face? What role can designers play in this urban transformation? Through stories, case studies, and the latest research, Neal Gorenflo, founder of the groundbreaking sharing movement nonprofit,, will explore the promise of sharing cities to create a more joyous, equitable, and resilient world.

Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder Shareable, an award winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through Internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good. Through his exploration of sharing, Neal met those who would co-found Shareable with him, and he will share with us what he found out on the way.

Neal has become an expert on sharing through 10 years of entrepreneurship, thought leadership, and as a avid practitioner. He has consulted with Institute for the Future, Sitra, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and numerous startups. His expertise has been featured by NBC Nightly News, Fast Company, Christian Science Monitor, Sunset Magazine, CBS Consumer Watch, and ABC 7 Live. He is a sought after speaker with recent appearances at SXSW, Sustainable Brands, SOCAP, and ShareNY. His writing is featured in YES! Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, The Urbanist, and the anthology Open Design Now. He is co-editor of Share or Die: Voices of The Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis and Policies for Shareable Cities, the first sharing economy policy guide.

In addition to his work at Shareable, Neal serves on the board of the US Solidarity Economy Network and is an adviser to OuiShare, Peers, and Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea. He is a former Innovation Fellow for Mayor Lee of San Francisco. Neal earned a masters with distinction from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology program and B.As in American Studies and English Literature with distinction for George Mason University.     @gorenflo