Amplifying the strengths of people and communities.


About Darren

Darren Sharp is a sharing economy strategist and the founding Director of Social Surplus.  

He works with clients to design programs that amplify the strengths of people and communities through sharing.

Darren is the Australian editor of Shareable and the Melbourne Coordinator of the Sharing Cities Network.


Social Surplus provides strategy and advisory services for community-based sharing programs.

We facilitate workshops to activate local sharing communities through strength-based and design-led approaches. 

We develop tailor-made trend briefings on the sharing economy and can bring fresh thinking to your next event.

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Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy is an exciting new story for a new economy. It's about matching needs and haves at a peer to peer level

It's also about local governments embracing Sharing Cities to optimise public infrastructure and common goods for high value services.   

Social Surplus helps organisations leverage their assets (stuff, space and skills) for purposeful outcomes using social innovation.