Communities, Urban development

Fairbnb - Community-powered tourism


Who is behind this?

Damiano Avellino



Who is joining forces?



Civicwise is a distributed and open network that promotes citizen engagement with whom we are going to work to activate local nodes and create tools for community participation and governance

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Short-term rental is causing issues in many European cities. Our project aims to reduce its negative externalities while creating positive ones with the support local communities.
Fairbnb is a non-profit vacation-rental platform which allows users to book accomodations while giving the surplus they generate to social projects.
Fairbnb is based on collective ownership, democratic governance and transparency with the aim to promote social sustainability and make tourism a resource for everyone.

Where will your idea take place?

Venice, Bologna IT
Barcelona, Valencia ES
Athens EL
Amsterdam NL
Berlin DE
Nantes FR

Why does Europe need your idea?

Fairbnb will involve communities and local institutions in the platform’s management and in deciding policy to avoid touristification.
The platform will operate transparently connecting neighbors and municipalities, fostering democratic control of this activity and of his outcomes.

What is your impact?

The project will allow the launch of the platform in 6 countries activating 8 local nodes.
The glocal community will enhance the discussion about tourism while creating social projects with part of the value generated by the platform.

How do you get there?

The project has 4 main goals: Activate, Raise awareness, Connect, Empower.
With Civicwise, a glocal network that promotes civic engagement, and other partners in the different cities we will activate local nodes in order to facilitate discussions about tourism, Sharing E. and governance. Nodes will also identify priorities for the territory and social projects to be funded through Fairbnb. Then the platform will be launched in these cities empowering them with a community-tool for P2P tourism

What is your story?

Fairbnb is a project that was born in different cities as an answer to the pressing need of a different tourism that could serve people instead of disrupting communities. Living in the center of Rome I have been directly affected by these trends and that’s why I decided to do something about it.

Who are you doing it for?

Our project affects all the city users; we want to become a platform that strength connections, motivate people to engage and act together in order to make their city better.
In particular, our target for the activation of the nodes are activists, neighborhood organizations, and social projects.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If you are interested in bringing Fairbnb in your city or to know more about how the platform and the organization will work please contact us!


Damiano Avellino

Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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