Sharing Economy: Collaborative Consumption on Flipboard

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

As "sharing economy" fades, these 2 phrases are likely to replace it

“Sharing economy” is a popular but inaccurate way to describe services like Uber and Airbnb. The chart below suggests what will replace it.

Not everyone is a fan of the “sharing economy” – the expression that is. While many in the tech industry and the media still use it to refer to platforms like …


Uber’s problems could send shockwaves through the on-demand economy

Uber’s battles with regulation and disregard for local laws governing the running of its service are not new.

Whether that’s casually disregarding the threat of fines (or worse) in France or working closely with authorities in places like India to get the service back up and running following the …

UK Economy

A New Class Of Worker Could Fix The On-Demand Economy

The rise of the on–demand economy has presented difficult questions for both employers and employees. It’s not uncommon to see stories about the series of legal and regulatory challenges Uber is facing. Through all of these legal and moral difficulties, the debate remains the same: Should …


Republicans and Democrats Face 2016 Challenge With On-Demand Economy

Uber is God! Uber is the Devil! Uber is … a transportation network provider! Political sloganeering continues today – the art of transforming complex policy issues to four words or less has hardly been lost in the Twitter age – but it will have immense influence this year in tech circles as …


The Gig Economy Goes Mainstream

As Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow's workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at


Clinton’s Big Speech Leaves Uber and Airbnb’s Future in Limbo

Hillary Clinton just laid out her economic agenda and her ambiguous statements about companies like Uber and Airbnb leaves the entire sharing economy …


The Rise Of The Gig Worker In The Sharing Economy

I’ve ridden in the backseat of many Uber drivers’ cars. Sometimes we exchange lively banter, other times we sit silently as I check email on my phone. There is not one driver that stands out, but rather a composite driver that I feel I’ve met a hundred times.

When in the midst of friendly banter, …

Sharing Economy

The WE-economy: Value Creation in the Age of Networks

Underlying the collaborative economy are a handful of very strong and general trends that are challenging the conventional business models in just …

Value Propositions

A City View Of The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is growing and impacting cities. Collaborative consumption feeds into, and off of, desires for immediate gratification. With “on-demand everything” the way of the present and future, the need for comprehensive and accurate data is paramount.

Service efficiency and on-demand …


Why Mindsharing is the Superpower of the Crowd Economy

A Shared Future, A Global Economy Of Haves And Servants

Editor’s note: Max Wolff is an economist and investment strategist who is the managing partner and chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners. Previously, he has served as the chief economist at a leading financial technology and investment firm.

Many high-flying companies are pushing logistics, …


Be A Winning Entrepreneur In The New Sharing Economy

The pervasive ability and need to communicate constantly and globally through the Internet and smartphones is incenting everyone to get more out of …

New Report Highlights Disruptive Potential of Sharing Movement

An April 2015 publication from PricewaterhouseCoopers investigates the potential market impacts of the for-profit sharing economy. (New York Post)

As …

Spain's CIC Tries to Build a New Economy from the Ground Up

Top image: Enric Duran. Article and image cross-posted from and

Spanish Economy

Seats2meet Global Conference Explores the Future of Coworking

Top image: Seats2Meet Utrecht.

Seats2Meet, a fast-growing Dutch free coworking company, held their global conference March 23 - 24 in Utrecht, …

New Music

Hoffice Turns Your Apartment Into A Free—And Incredibly Productive—Coworking Space

Tired of not seeing another face all day when you work at home? Then invite some company.

Working at home has obvious perks, but typing in bed in your pajamas isn't necessarily quite as productive as sitting in an office. A new Swedish project aims to help freelancers find it easier to get things …


Why These Coworking Spaces In Train Stations Let You Pay In "Social Capital"

Is the free coworking space that's giving 80,000 people desks in vacant areas of schools, hospitals, and train stations the future of work?

[Photo: Flickr user Sebastiaan ter Burg]

Steps from the Utrecht Centraal Railway Station in the Netherlands, through a dizzying mall of winding pathways dense …


This Startup's Mission: A 3-D Printer in Every Home

Steve Schell balances a pair of purple 3-D-printed statuettes of his daughter, Chloe, in his open palms, just about the only parts of his athletic forearms that aren’t elaborately tattooed.

Each hard plastic bust of Chloe reflects a hard-won forward leap in the year-long evolution of Schell’s …


The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

Editor’s note: Dan Ruch is the founder and CEO of Rocketrip.

The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but how they spend that money has become …

Sharing Economy

What’s the Impact of the Alternative Economy? Researchers Find Out

Top image: The shared cheese cellar at Jasper Hill Farm. Article and image cross-posted from Yes! Magazine. Authored by Eban Goodstein and Robin


Millennials Insist The Future Will Be Shared

Editor’s note: Mike Montgomery is the executive director of CALinnovates.

What happens when 80-year-old laws meet 21st-century millennial? We’re about to find out. In California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles threatened the future of ride sharing by dusting off a 1930s law that requires …


Sharing Is Everything But Caring In The Sharing Economy

Editor’s Note: Christopher O. Hernæs is Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Analysis of SpareBank 1 Group, Norway’s second largest financialinstitution. He was previously a partner at Core Group, where he worked with strategy development and innovation for Technology, Media, Telecom and

Sharing Economy

Barcelona, the travel startup boom & the rise of peer-to-peer

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Guest post written by Natalie Batlle, Steven Douglas and Emily Elwes, Trip4Real

Barcelona: A sharing city on the rise, …

Europe Travel

Crowdfunding in Singapore: One Step Closer to People Powered Investments

A famous ancient poet Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the

Airbnb Opens Doors to a Wealth of New Startups

Airbnb Opens Doors to a Wealth of New Startups

How does Airbnb use data to drive growth of not only their company, but a wealth of new companies …

Bitcoin, Burning Man And The Gifting Economy

Bitcoin was a terrible investment this year, but that hasn’t stopped non-profits from asking for them anyway. Wikipedia, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Khan Academy and now even Burning Man will take those bitcoins off your hands in the form of a tax-deductible donation.

While this won’t get you a …

Burning Man

Owning Is the New Sharing

Image from's post, "Don't Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business …


Collaborative Economy: A Transformative Lens, Not a Start-Up Trend

“What do you think are the myths around the collaborative economy?” is a question I rarely get asked. My hunch is that because my work is dedicated …


New Documentary Celebrates Amsterdam as a Sharing City

Around the world, sharing cities are being created. Sparked, in part, by Shareable’s Sharing Cities Network, the sharing cities movement, with its …