Contact: Tom Llewellyn

Press Release

#MapJam Returns for a Second Year to Put The New Economy on the Map!

For 2 weeks in October community groups all over the world to join together for second annual asset mapping campaign.

This October the Sharing Cities Networkwill launch the Second Annual International Map Jam bringing people together in cities around the world to support Sharing for Resilience by connecting the dots and mapping grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.

Scheduled to correlate with “New Economy Week,” the Map Jam will launch on Indigenous People Day and continue for 2 weeks from Monday October 13th until Sunday the 27th. Many groups will host their Map Jam’s onGlobalMap Jam Day taking place on October 16th which will feature a 24hr mapping relay round the world across multiple continents and timezones.

“I think map jams are a great opportunity to make the invisible visible and help local communities connect the dots in their city,” said Darren Sharp who hosted a Map Jam last year in Melbourne, Australia. “As the map starts to take shape it becomes a powerful reminder of the strength and breadth of the sharing economy.”

The second annual asset mapping event will build upon the tremendous success of last years campaign when 500 mappers in 60 cities made 50 maps in just 2 weeks. Groups in many cities have already begun to step up and are planning to host Map Jams in Barcelona, Frankfurt, Hartford, Louisville, Nairobi and Rochester among others.

For Ahmad Sufian Bayram in Beirut the best thing about the map jam is the worldwide collaborative effort. “What I really loved,” he says, “was that it was an international movement, where every sharing economy supporter hosts his or her local event and becomes part of the bigger map that shows the sharing initiatives of the whole world.”

The Map Jam has received a broad base of support lead by Shareable and other partners including: New Economy Coalition, US Solidarity Economy Network, Transition US, Center for a New American Dream, OuiShare, P2P Foundation, Post Carbon Institute, The People Who Share, Students Organizing for Democratic Alternatives, Solidarity NYC, Data Commons,  RIPESS (International Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy) and many other community and Sharing Cities groups.

“A Map Jam is an easy to organize event where a small, dedicated group of people get together for a few hours to map as many shared resources, cooperatives and sharing services in their city or town as possible,” said Mira Luna, Organizing Director at Shareable. “Like a musical jam, it should be fun, social, and jammers should find a groove as they work.”

More information can be found at www.shareable.net/mapjam

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  • Is it possible to see the resources and what is required before signing up to host one? I need to get others on board before I advertise to the general public.

    Also 16th October is Climate Change Action Day, so already working with CAFOD on that day. Are we ok to run a program over two weeks? Thanks, liz