STWR is a not-for-profit civil society organisation founded in 2003, with Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Through our research and activities, we make a case for integrating the principle of sharing into world affairs as a pragmatic solution to a broad range of interconnected crises that governments are currently failing to address – including hunger, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation and conflict over the world’s natural resources.
We have two broad objectives as an organisation: firstly, to raise awareness of the critical need for nations to share global resources and implement an international emergency relief programme, as outlined in many of our past publications. And secondly, to campaign for a united people’s voice that speaks on behalf of the least advantaged members of the human family, giving the highest priority to the prevention of extreme deprivation in every country.
Central to our work is a call for upholding Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living. As set out in our flagship publication, the time has come for unprecedented numbers of people to unite behind a single, overarching demand for governments to implement Article 25 as an effective international law. We therefore promote the means for achieving this formidable aim through a ‘people’s strategy for world transformation’, which is the essence of our campaigning work as an organisation.
An ongoing series of books and articles by STWR’s founder, Mohammed Mesbahi, also explicates the meaning and significance of the principle of sharing from spiritual and psychological as well as social, economic and political perspectives. These ‘studies on the principle of sharing’ provide a unique insight into STWR’s aims and purposes, and elucidate a visionary conception of progressive political themes such as the commons, the sharing economy and a universal basic income.
Many of our writings have been translated into foreign languages including German, Spanish, Italian and Slovenian, which can be accessed via the flag icons on our homepage. A fully translated Japanese version of our website is also available at www.sharing.org/ja
For more information about our work, activities and structure please refer to the menu options on the left. You can also find out more about our aims and objectives on the learn more page, along with common questions about economic sharing and other sharing-related issues.