City Government Encounter

On 12th November, the first day of the Sharing Cities Summit, is held in Disseny Hub the City Government Encounter: an opportunity for city representatives from around the globe to discuss new policies and propose actions regarding platform economy.


50 cities atend this encounter: Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Almere, Bethlehem, Bilbao, Bologna, Buenos Aires, Bordeaux, Bristol, Eindhoven, el Prat de Llobregat, Fez, Ghent, Gothenburg, Grenoble, The Hague, Kobe, La Coruña, Lisboa, Madrid, Malmö, Maribor, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, Montreuil, New York City, Paris, Prague, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Umeå, Valencia, Vienna, San Francisco, Stockholm, Muscat, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Compostela, Singapur, Montelíbano, Taipei, Reykjavik, Rijswijk and Vitoria – Gasteiz.

Cities representatives explain their different approaches, sensitivities and priorities towards platform economy. Apart from debating about promoting platforms based on socially responsible models, the main objective of this encounter is to propose a Common Declaration of Principles and Commitments for Sharing Cities. The cities which agree on the principles proposed in the Declaration, also agree on implementing a common negotiation framework.


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City Government Encounter Programme

8:30 – 9:00h Registration – Coffee
9:00 – 9:45h Institutional welcome & Day program review (Room: Auditori)

Introduction & Summit introduction:

  • Mayo Fuster Morell (Open University of Catalonia- Dimmons) – slides

Intitutional welcoming:

  • Gerardo Pisarello (Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council)
  • Pastora Martinez (Vicerector Open University of Catalonia)

Previous Summit’s representatives:

  • Udo Kock (Deputy Mayor, Amsterdam)
  • Sonam Velani (NYC, Mayor’s Office)

Expert keynote:

  • Yochai Benkler (Berkman center for Internet and Society, Harvard University) – slides

This session is documented collaboratively, please follow this link.

9:45 – 10.30h  Showcase of cities linked to the principles of the Declaration (Room: Auditori)

Presentation of principles and cities relevant policies in the area.


  • Moderator: Álvaro Porro (Barcelona City Council) – slides
  • Susan Riley (Councillor of Melbourne) – slides
  • Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir (Deputy Mayor of Reykjavik) – slides
  • Matteo Lepore (Vice Mayor of Bologna) – slides
  • Saskia Bruines (Vice Mayor of The Hague) – slides
  • Im Guk-hyun (Seoul City Council) – slides
  • Gianfranco Todesco (Torino City Council) – slides

This session is documented collaboratively, please follow this link.

10:30 – 11:00h Coffee-break (Room: Foyer)
11:00 – 13:00h 8th principle: Cities collaboration in regulation and negotiation with companies (Room: Foyer)

11 – 11:45h Interventions:

  • Moderator: Klemens Himpele (Vienna, Director Economic Affairs, Labor and Statistics) – slides
  • Albert Aries on behalf of Janet Sanz (Barcelona Fourth Deputy Mayor): State of the issue and Barcelona case
  • Udo Kock – Amsterdam Deputy Mayor – Amsterdam case – slides
  • Tracey Cook – Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards: Toronto case – slides

11:45 – 13h Working groups:

  1. EU lobby vacation rental (Room Foyer)
  2. Data sovereignty and citizens’ digital rights (Room Foyer)
  3. Labour platforms and impact on labour (Room Foyer)
  4. Criteria to differentiate platforms (Floor-1 Room A)
  5. Collaborative public services: Partnerships with platforms (Floor -1 Room B)
  6. Government structure and sharing/platform economy (connected to 9th principle), and other issues related to the Declaration not present at the other groups (Floor -1 Room C).
13:00 – 14:30h Lunch
14:30 – 17:00h 9th principle: Qualities of positive platforms, promotion programmes and labour (Room: Foyer)

14:30 – 15:15h Interventions:

  • Moderator: Mar Jimenez (Barcelona City Council)
  • Cristina Tajani (Milan Deputy Mayor) – slides
  • Hidetoshi Terasaki (Kobe vicemajor) 
  • Marianna Sampaio (Deputy Secretary of Sao Paulo) – slides

15:15-16:30h Working groups:

  1. Entrepreneurship programs and Internationalization programs (such as company cross landing) (Room Foyer)
  2. City Challenges and innovative promotion policies (Room Foyer)
  3. Collaborative policy design and city labs (Floor -1 Room C)
  4. Social inclusion (Room Foyer)
  5. Platform cooperativism (CITIES program) (Floor -1 Room B)
  6. European Project (Floor -1 Room A).
  7. Negotiation standards and collaborations among cities in the global task force (connected to platform negotiation 8th principle) (Room Foyer).
17:00 – 18:00h Conclusions summary, task force and next steps (Room: Foyer)

Moderators: Alvaro Porro (Barcelona City Council) and Mayo Fuster (Dimmons, UOC)


  • Task force to sustain the Declaration
    • Follow up from working groups on negotiation with platforms
    • Follow up from working groups agreements promotions policies
  • Sharing Cities Alliance (Pieter van de Glind and Harmen van Sprang) – slides
  • Next Summit
  • Following program of the Summit during the week
  • Poblenou’s SuperBlocks (Juan Pablo Naya, Barcelona City Council) – slides
18-18:30h Walk & talk though Superblocks to MediaTic Building