The Sharing Economy: A revolution for, not against

Green Resistance (teaching, organizing, and eco-thinking)

The Sharing Economy: Yes, there is another way, and this could be one such way.

It builds communities and thus builds resilience and human connections.

It decreases consumption and thus decreases the pressure on our overburdened ecosystem.

It creates ties amongst people and thus strengthens the pathways to democracy.

And – fundamentally – it is hopeful.

Adam Parsons, in this article, has presented an introduction to the rise of the Sharing Economy.  Check it out.

by Adam Parsons

That article is just the beginning.

Neal Gorenflo writes in his piece entitled “what is next for the sharing movement

“With this, a new social contract is forming based on peer to peer relations, which the P2P Foundation has been exploring for a decade. Instead competing with sharp elbows for rank in the hierarchy, individuals are empowered to face…

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The Sharing Economy is Here to Stay

Let's Collaborate!

Inc Magazine

Inc Magazine covered our panel at Wharton University with Skillshare, Mealku, and ClosetDash. Read the full article here.

The sharing economy is tough not to love if you’re a consumer. It is all about, well, sharing goods and services at a reasonable price.

You can rent a spare room through Airbnb, rent out your car on RelayRides, and even rent some spare closet space at ClosetDash. For all those people thinking this collaborative economy is a trend–or companies suing the likes of Airbnb and Uber–Melissa O’Young, founder of the event series Let’s Collaborate!, says the sharing industry is only getting stronger. O’Young says the industry will pull in $350 billion in transactions this year alone.

During a recent lecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Social Impact Conference, O’Young moderated a conversation with founders creating businesses in the sharing economy. The panel’s message was simple: the…

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Understanding the Future of Work: 8 Traits of Collaborative Leadership [Infographic]

Strategy + Research

“Collaboration isn’t about giving up your individuality. Quite the opposite: it’s about realizing your potential. It’s about bringing your many gifts to the table and sharing them in pursuit of a common goal. It’s about bringing your ideas, your passion, your mind, heart, and soul to your leadership and culture.”

— Meghan Biro, Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration

With the collaborative economy pushing businesses into the next phase of social business, executives must learn how to motivate, encourage and lead employees [and customers too] in a way that adds value to everyone involved in the collaborative work environment. Employees and customers are collaborating on products, services and content more than ever before. In preparation for the collaborative economy, consider what role do executives play in fostering a collaborative environment when employees and customers can receive what they need from each other? [Tweet This]

During Marissa Mayer’s…

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Première: un resto solidaire se lance dans le crowdfunding

h24info.ma /                Publié le 12/12/2013 | 13h15                |                Kaouthar OudrhiriChez Kebe au petit socco                       

Chez Kebe au petit socco. © DR                        

Par manque de moyens, chez Kebe le premier resto solidaire au Maroc part à la quête des sous du crowdfunding.

Niché dans une petite ruelle du petit Socco à Tanger, Chez Kebe est un restaurant sénégalais ouvert le printemps dernier par Amadou Kebe, un médiateur interculturel installé dans la ville du Détroit depuis 2 ans. On peut y manger un yassa au poulet, un maffé ou un thiep bou dien pas cher  (à moins de 25 dh) mais on peut aussi, au passage, faire une bonne action en payant des «plats en attente» pour ceux qui n’ont pas les moyens, le tout est noté sur un tableau consultable  par  tous.

Si le concept solidaire des plats suspendus ou en attente est répandu en Europe, l’expérience de Chez Kebe est une première au Maroc. L’idée séduit les Tangérois et les touristes de passage à la médina, et Chez Kebe devient petit à petit un point de ralliement et un espace d’échange entre les clients. Seulement, les bonnes intentions ne suffisent pas pour pérenniser un projet pareil, Amadou Kebe opte pour le croudfunding, plateforme de collecte d’argent sur internet, pour que l’aventure continue.   Il s’est fixé pour objectif de collecter 1.800 euros en 68 jours pour acheter un réfrigérateur, du matériels de cuisine et payer une partie du loyer du nouveau local, entre autres. Aidez donc Kebe à faire pérenniser son projet pour la beauté du geste!

Source : http://www.h24info.ma/maroc/societe/premiere-un-resto-solidaire-se-lance-dans-le-crowdfunding/17864


Is the clock ticking for the sharing economy?

Rent an apartment,villa or serviced apartment in Asia (vacation or business)

“The clock could be ticking for businesses like Airbnb, Wimdu, 9Flats and HouseTrip (they forgot Roomorama) as new regulations gradually being introduced in some cities around the world begin to threaten their core business – but the problem is bigger than that.

In new York

While stories like Airbnb’s future in New York being questioned as a result of short-stay regulations have made headline news in the past, there’s a growing backlash against the sharing economy that could spread to other industries.

In New York, Airbnb’s major problem is a rule that clearly defines hotels and apartments (stays of 30 days or longer) as different things. Hotels have to comply with fire regulations and other safety rules while apartments do not. It’s not restricted to the US either, Airbnb has attracted its fair amount of attention in Amsterdam for renters letting out their properties without the appropriate permit.

A domino…

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Management Today names “Top 5 Sharing Economy Startups”

The Savvy Earner

Savvy Earner partners RentmyItems, Parkatmyhouse and Storenextdoor were among the companies named by Management Today as being in the “Top Five Share Economy Startups”

The latest research backs up the surge in popularity in ‘sharing’. According to Zipcar:








If all of Britain were to take up the sharing habit with gusto – it could mean a national saving of £12.4bn.

‘The ‘Pay-As-You-Live’ report highlights the growing importance of the shared hire model, as an increasingly popular – and important – part of the economy,’ said Mark Walker, general manager, Zipcar UK.

Read the full article at: http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1222005/

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Trust metrics – your future distributed reputation?

Digital Anthropology

In my report on the Startup Speed Dating & Pitching event of nov 20th, I observed (without originality), that trust was the real currency of the sharing economy sector.

I had a discussion after the presentations with another attendee whose name I have shamefully forgotten (if you’re reading, get in touch!) about the future importance of trust metrics, and he came up with a very interesting example that makes it clear how such ratings derived from a particular service context can ripple out into a wider arena.

Consider the scenario (he said), of a boutique hotel, with relatively high prices. The hotel has, say, a 60% occupancy rate. Obviously, it would be good to improve this. But simply lowering prices will encourage budget tourists whose appearance in the lobby might detract from the supposed ‘cachet’ of the brand (yes, I know, I don’t want to stay there either…

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