Sharing Economy: Collaborative Consumption

By Ward Plunet | peer-to-peer, crowdfunding, coworking, 3D printing, new economy, society 3.0

Bigger than Starbucks? Forecasting the Future of Coworking

Coworking started as a small, fringe movement of people who wanted to work independently, but within a community. A decade later, that movement has …


10 Ways to Accelerate the Peer-to-Peer and Commons Economy

<i>Photo credit: spDuchamp via / CC BY.</i><p>Let’s engage in a way to produce goods and create value that is free, fair, and sustainable! What is …


Amsterdam's Sharing Economy Action Plan Points to Opportunities, Challenges, and Complexities

It's undeniable that major sharing economy services are changing the landscape of many cities around world. Governments are scrambling for regulatory …

Most Americans Don't Know About Ride-Sharing and the 'Gig Economy'

If you think ride-sharing and the gig economy are taking over the world, you might be living in a bubble.<p>New research from the Pew Research Center shows that ride-hailing and home-sharing and grocery delivery and shared office spaces remain unfamiliar phenomena to the majority of people in the U.S. …

Silicon Valley

Look Out, Coworking. Here Comes Big Money

When a small group of coworking enthusiasts gathered in Austin, Texas in 2008, they knew they were on to something special. They couldn’t have known, …


New Book Gives Rare Insider View of Sharing City Seoul

A new ebook from Creative Commons Korea (CC Korea) provides an insider’s view into Sharing City, Seoul, a pioneering, city-wide sharing initiative.


Platform Cooperativism: A Global Movement on the Rise

Last November, the Platform Cooperativism conference -- a coming out party for the cooperative Internet -- took place in New York City, initiated by …

Embracing the sharing economy for growth in China

China‘s track record for economic growth has been impressive in the last several decades, with China accounting for up to one-third of global growth in recent years.<p>However, China is slowly transitioning from a manufacturing-reliant economy to one focused more on services, with the service sector …


New Report: Platform Cooperativism as an Alternative to the For-profit Sharing Economy

<i>Commuting by Uber in San Francisco. (Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures / Flickr)</i>


The gig economy as a driver of innovation

If you are reading this article, chances are you have taken an Uber, are familiar with Upwork and maybe even sold something on Etsy. Business models that fall under the “gig economy” umbrella have been proven for business-to-consumer and peer-to-peer markets because they make it possible to …


Life hacks of the freelance economy — Quartz

The stakes are high for freelancers in America—no job security or benefits. Yet many 1099 workers have chosen the risk (pdf) for its freedom and flexibility.<p>It’s estimated that 53 million Americans are part of the independent workforce, and this number is growing.<p>“Entrepreneurship is a constant …


The Cheating Economy

Could the rise of Uber-style disruption pose a risk to education?Continue reading on Medium »


The Sharing Age

Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime.<p>This global …


Citizen Science Projects Could Challenge Authority of Orthodox Science

<i>Photo: Guoyunhebrave. Cross-posted from the London School of Economics.</i>


Uber for welfare

A bold proposal to use the “gig economy” to reboot the safety net.<p>In this presidential cycle, the “gig economy” has been under attack, notably from Democrats like Hillary Clinton, who said that it is “raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the …

Can Fractional Car Ownership Work?

A couple of weeks ago, Ford Motor Company somewhat quietly announced that next month, it’s beginning a leasing pilot program in Austin that will enable three to six people to lease a Ford Vehicle together.<p>It’s not alone in thinking about fractional car ownership. Audi is similarly trying out a …


The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day (I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week).<p>Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of …


Study Finds that Coworking Offers Big Benefits to Entrepreneurs

What are the benefits of coworking aside from free coffee, fast wifi, and a desk? Those of us who cowork sense that there are immense benefits to …


The On-Demand, Sharing And Gig Economies Never Existed, So Stop Pretending They Did

Words are impactful. They may not break your bones, as the saying goes, but they do guide the way we all think, debate, decide and act.<p>When it comes to the words we use to define our industry — the one commonly referred to as the “on-demand,” “sharing” or “gig” economy — we must choose more …

Supply and Demand

Sharing economy can help financial struggles

The power of the sharing economy in shaking up traditional industries can be harnessed to help financially struggling consumers, according to new …

Sharing Economy

How a Network of Platform Co-op Accelerators Could Support Sharing Cities

<i>Top image: Arenas Barcelona. Photo credit: Don McCullough / / CC BY-NC.</i>


We Must Protect the On-Demand Economy to Protect the Future of Work

When people talk about innovation, the term “disruptive” often tags along. Aside from being woefully overused, I’ve always thought this term missed …

Administrative law

The New Era of Economic Abundance

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting Shareable’s founder, Neal Gorenflo, at the Collaborative Economy Conference in San Francisco. Thanks to …


The rating game

Soon, you’ll be able to go to the Olive Garden and order your fettuccine alfredo from a tablet mounted to the table. After paying, you’ll rate the server.<p>Then you can use that tablet to hail an Uber driver, whom you’ll also rate, from one to five stars. You can take it to your Airbnb, which you’ll …


Documentary Illuminates the Power of Gift Culture

<i>Robin McKenna, creator of</i> GIFT<i>, the forthcoming documentary about gift culture. (Credit: Filiz Telek)</i>I recently met Robin McKenna, the director of …


The Gig Economy Can Actually Be Great for Women

If you’re an American worker, chances are your job either doesn’t grant you much flexibility or else requires far too much of it.<p>If you’re lucky …

Anne-Marie Slaughter

The Sharing Economy is Booming in Helsinki: Here's Why

<i>Celebrating Restaurant Day August 18, 2013 in Helsinki. (Restaurant Day / Roy Bäckström)</i>


Amazon will now pay you to deliver packages

Amazon today launched a new service that pays part-time drivers in exchange for delivering packages. The service, called Amazon Flex, launches today in Seattle, and will soon come to Manhattan, Chicago, and seven other US cities, according to its website.<p>As <i>The Guardian</i> reports, Amazon Flex appears …


Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

<i>Article cross-posted from Written by Chris Hamilton. Photo: Dylan Passmore.</i> Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a …