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San Francisco Takes the Lead on the Sharing Economy

Last night, leaders from around the sharing space gathered with policy makers and innovative citizens at the downtown headquarters of San Francisco’s urban planning and research nonprofit, SPUR, to discuss San Francisco’s move to becoming the world capital of collaborative consumption. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who’s earned the nickname the “Innovation Mayor,” kicked off the evening with an enthusiastic invitation for every member of the crowd to keep the sharing economy dialogue moving forward. “We’re all part of the initial group of policy makers at City Hall that wants to hear views of the collaborative economy … it’s already piqued our interest because it shows how to use less to do more, how to make an expensive city more affordable to more people,” said Mayor Lee as he introduced his policymaker colleagues. Supervisor Scott Wiener detailed the difficulties involved with shifting policies toward a more collaborative future, pointing out a dichotomy within the city and calling for a city-wide education initiative on the sharing economy. “We are in many ways a cutting edge city in …