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Save the World: The Sharing Economy in Practice

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What could I do to help stop the climate crisis?

The twenty-first century is the time of the sharing economy. It has become a unique way to perceive personal services, transport, accommodation, media, and entertainment industries. This course introduces the sharing economy and explores the benefits it delivers to us in practice. The sharing economy impacts not only economies and businesses but revolutionises the way we consume. With the growth of the sharing economy, consumers are faced with a new innovative range of opportunities. Industries are challenged to provide an excellent consumer experience.

The aim of this course is to trigger changes in consumer behaviour and as such, it focuses on the disruption of the customer experience. The emergence of the sharing economy shakes the foundation of the traditional way of doing business and creates a niche for new business models that are available for anyone.


This Micro Course consists of 2 parts which include self-study material, videos, and quizzes. The workload on this course is approximately 3 hours.

Part One: The Sharing Economy & Practicing Sharing

The Sharing Economy – How does it work in practice? What could we share and reuse?

Part Two: What, Why, and How?

How to? A series on different items we can reuse Creativity tips


To complete this course, you will need to pass 5 tests and submit course feedback. Please go them through in the order they appear on the Content page. This way, you’ll start with the basics and move on to the more challenging topics.


The Micro Course is assessed on the scale of Pass/Fail. To receive a certificate via email, you will need to complete all mandatory activities, and at get at least 50% of them correct.

Skills you gain

After completing the course, you are able to:

  • Describe in practice the benefits of sharing
  • Practice your new skills on how to reuse home textiles, clothes, furniture and household items
  • Enjoy your new creativity
  • Start exploring your new skills by setting up a sharing point

About the instructor

Your instructor is Slaveya Hamalainen, MSc in English Philology and Cultural Anthropology, MBA in Economics and International Trade. Previously a Total Quality Manager at a paper mill. A devoted senior lecturer in English and Business in English with over 15 years of experience teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds at universities across Europe. She is interested in studying and employing new technology and ideas into practice, work and life and aspiring to help people save the world for future generations.


If you have questions about the course material or pedagogical content, please send us an email at Edufication@xamk.fi. We aim to answer within a week and wish you an enjoyable learning experience.