Collaborative Economy

Green Industries SA is a first-mover in the collaborative economy because it is an effective way to avoid waste, guide social change and support sustainable consumption.

Our focus includes:

  • Collaborative systems of consumption and production, including the Sharing Economy, the Commons and Distributed Manufacturing
  • Digital platforms for social innovation
  • Bringing leading thinkers to South Australia for workshops and engagement sessions with the public sector, community groups, business and the not for profit sector in South Australia.

The Share N Save project - now archived

In 2013 Zero Waste SA (now Green Industries SA) developed a tool for mapping activities in the collaborative and sharing economy in South Australia. The tool, known as Share N Save was awarded a Webby Award (honouree status) in 2014. Since that time, both the landscape of the sharing economy, and the various tools and platforms available for self publishing and community engagement have changed considerably, with many other free or low cost options for collaborative groups to support their communities and members. As a result, the Share N Save project has now been archived. However the software that drove this online platform is freely available as open source through Github. For questions about the Share N Save project, platform co-ops and purpose economy in South Australia, please contact

Leading Thinkers on Collaboration and New Economic Models

Green Industries SA collaborates with other government agencies (such as the Department of State Development and the Office for Digital Government) and local organisations (such as the Don Dunstan Foundation and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas) to bring leading international thinkers to South Australia.

Previous visits include:

  • Michel Bauwens (Belgium) from the P2P Foundation
  • Michael Shuman (USA) local economy building expert and author of Growing Local Living Economies: A Grassroots Approach to Economic Development 
  • Charles Durrett (USA) architect, co-housing neighbourhood and communities expert
  • Joshua Vial and Damian Sligo-Green (New Zealand) from Enspiral, a collective of social enterprise ventures and social entrepreneurs