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FTC to examine workings of sharing economy | brand-e. May 11, 2015 in Sharing economy The US Federal Trade Commission is looking into the likes of Uber and Airbnb as it aims to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile sharing economy platforms. The FTC says it is planning to run a June workshop in Washington to explore how regulatory frameworks can accommodate the sharing economy while maintaining consumer protection and a competitive marketplace. The FTC says sharing economy transactions had an estimated value of $26 billion globally in 2013, with some forecasts seeing the segment generating as much as $110 billion annually in the near future.

Tags: airbnb, regulation, sharing economy, uber. Quattro Chiacchiere con Gloria Vanni sulla Sharing Economy. Non so se lo hai mai notato, ma nell’immagine principale in home page c’è una frase di Tim Berners – Lee, che spiega perfettamente la mia idea di web. Quelli della mia generazione hanno avuto la possibilità di crescere senza internet, e di imparare a conoscerlo un po’ alla volta, in maniera scomposta e graduale, e credo che questo ci abbia permesso, rispetto ai millennials, che sono invece nati con lo smartphone in mano, di comprenderne a pieno il significato e le potenzialità. Il web non ha cambiato il mondo perché rappresenta una tecnologia straordinaria, ma perché è una finestra sul mondo della conoscenza, che si arricchisce solo attraverso la condivisione. Grazie alla community di #adotta1blogger, ho avuto modo di conoscere ed apprezzare Gloria Vanni, una persona che riesce a trasmettere, anche attraverso il monitor di un pc o lo schermo di uno smartphone, una grande passione e gioia di vivere, già a partire dalla foto del profilo.

Ecco cosa ci siamo detti! Chi sei e cosa fai nella vita. Uber, AirBnB e gli altri: i fronti aperti della sharing economy. Cat | Caterpillar Invests in Peer-to-Peer Equipment Rental Startup Company, Yard Club | Caterpillar. About Caterpillar: For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. About Yard Club: Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, California, Yard Club Inc. is revolutionizing the way contractors manage their internal fleet and access outside rentals. Forward-looking Statements: Sharing insurance costs with the sharing economy. One consequence of the “sharing economy” that hasn’t been widely discussed, at least as far as I’ve seen, is how the externalities are being absorbed.

Specifically, insurance costs. Maybe because it’s an ongoing process, but for both Uber and AirBnB, the companies tell individuals who drive that their primary car insurance should be in use, and they tell individual home- or apartment-dwellers that their renters insurance should apply. In other words, if something goes wrong, the wishful thinking goes, the private, individual insurance plans should kick in. When people have tried to verify this, however, they responses have been mixed and mostly negative. The insurance companies obviously don’t want to cover a huge number of people for circumstances they didn’t expect when they offered the coverage. So, if an Uber driver gets into an accident while ferrying a passenger, it’s not clear whether their primary insurance will cover it. Like this: Like Loading... Can brands unlock the sharing economy? | TrendTalk. Can current business models unlock opportunities within 'the sharing economy', which is a real threat to businesses within the industries in which sharing models are gaining favour?

PricewaterhouseCoopers has just released ground-breaking research into this recent economic phenomenon. This is where PWC started: "Around the world, a new wave of peer-to-peer, access-driven businesses is shaking up established categories. Whether borrowing goods, renting homes, or serving up micro-skills in exchange for access or money, consumers are showing a robust appetite for the sharing-based economy. " PWC wanted to establish the extent of disruption from the sharing economy and what established businesses can do to capitalise on potential new sources of revenue - and not be blind-sided by this transformation of existing business models. The question asked by PWC, working with research and insights firm, BAV Consulting, is 'Can companies transform today's threat into tomorrow's opportunity?

' 1. Social Innovation through The Sharing Economy | $cale¢hange. The sharing economy is a prime example of social innovation. At a basic level, sharing (rather than owning) assets is more economically efficient, environmentally sustainable, and community-oriented. The sharing economy addresses a range of social problems—including isolation, over-consumption, and economic scarcity—in new ways.

In addition to helping individuals meet their needs and expand their universe of opportunities, it also builds social capital—the connections within a community that help boost resilience and bring people back into relationship with one another. My work with social innovation organizations in North America, South America, and Europe has underscored the potential for the sharing economy to benefit the social sector.

In each of these places, I saw an overwhelming interest in shared means of exchange, and unique local issues where the social sector can play a role. (Source: Author. The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 2 - Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy. Who wins, who loses and what's destined to change if a sharing economy is sustainable: business, society or the state? This is a special 2-part event produced by IDEAS in partnership with The Munk School of Global Affairs. Featuring economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism along with a stellar panel of economic and political thinkers, including lawyer, mediator and political leader Bob Rae, economist and author Anita M.

McGahan, and moderator Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. ** This episode originally aired December 18, 2014 Listen to Part One: What is the 'Sharing Economy'? And, what about making a living in the 'Sharing Economy': what about Jobs? Participants: Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. US Regulator Investigating Uber, Airbnb, Sharing Economy for Consumer Abuse and Financial Risk. The tech industry tends to be contemptuous of government regulation. In fact, Uber's entire growth model appears predicated on defiance of local authority everywhere in the world. But cooler heads and/or adult supervision might remind these latest subjects of unwanted federal attention that IBM, Microsoft, Google and other seemingly 'untouchable' innovation avatars learned the hard way that those 'bureaucrats' can be powerful adversaries.

There is an ill-defined trip-wire that tech companies seem to cross when it appears they have accrued sufficient power to upset traditional economic models, threatening too many livelihoods. Use of personal information will be just a starting point. And when the full force of the Federal government turns its attention to such matters, history teaches us they tend to get some if not most of their way.

Barney Jopson and Tim Bradshaw report in the Financial Times: Why Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy. Last week Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding, bringing the company’s value to about $40 billion. The headline on TheStreet was: “Uber’s $40 Billion Valuation Nears Facebook Territory as Sharing Economy Continues to Soar.” I find this headline quite accurate except for one thing – Uber is not part of the sharing economy.

I know that it might sound a bit strange, as Uber is one of the more common examples of the sharing economy. But bear with me for a minute while I try to make the case as to why Uber, despite being a business success story, still shouldn’t be considered as part of the sharing economy. Looking at definitions of the sharing economy, one might actually think there’s no problem with addressing Uber as part of it. Both of these definitions could fit Uber, especially with regards to its UberX service, in which ‘regular’ drivers use their own cars to provide customers with rides. And this is where Uber fails. Image credit: Adam Fagen, Flickr Creative Commons. How the sharing economy makes digital nomad life affordable with 11 resources. One of the many beauties of freelance work is that you can work from anywhere, at any time.

You work the hours you’re most productive in the places that foster the most creativity for you. With today’s technology, more and more people are living the life of a digital nomad, travelling the world while doing meaningful work. We’ve been inspired by many of the members of the CloudPeeps freelance community who have adopted this lifestyle. These Peeps have mastered the nomad lifestyle, living and travelling freely within reason.

They know all the tricks and tips, tools and services to make the nomad style work for anyone willing to give it a try. One of these Nomads is Briana Green, marketing and community strategist from New York, currently living wherever the wind blows her. 1) Were you already working remotely before taking the leap into nomadism? 2) What did that decision making process look like? For me, it was a matter of weighing risk versus reward. I was also afraid of failure. Resources. Trending: Lawsuits could disrupt the sharing economy. The ever-so-popular on-demand freelance economy could possibly take a hit this spring with two ride-sharing companies facing the possibility of a tough legal battle ahead. Drivers for Uber and Lyft are arguing that they should be classified as actual employees instead of independent contractors, and in March judges ruled that juries would decide the two cases.

The lawsuits claim that Lyft and Uber drivers should be entitled to workers’ rights such as overtime, workers’ compensation and Social Security, all of which are unavailable to them. Right now the lawsuit affects only California drivers, but the outcome could possibly spread to other states as well … and beyond. Although the freedom and flexibility associated with startups such as Uber and Lyft is what attracts most drivers, they are also stuck with paying for their own gas as well as car maintenance fees and other costs incurred on the job. If Uber and Lyft lose their cases, what will this mean for other on-demand startups? How Advertising Can Benefit From the 'Sharing Economy' Jeanniey Mullen | May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments Could the sharing economy be the next way for marketers to boost brand loyalty?

Back in the 1900s - the 1990s to be exact - my friends and I were all new to the working world and didn’t have a lot of money, so we often "shared" the expense of high-end luxuries. Whether it was the group "Gucci" bag, the 12-person summer house, or even the cost of the "good food" groceries (that were so much more expensive than a box of mac and cheese or ramen noodles), we were practicing the sharing economy and didn’t even know it. Today, in the midst of the new century, the sharing economy is booming. From Airbnb to Uber, DogVacay, and even the new commuter service in Midtown called Via, people everywhere are taking advantage of sharing to improve quality of life and keep costs down. The sharing economy is addicting. This got me thinking. Think about it: For every brand you love, there is at least one other brand you love just as much. Want to learn more? In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty.

Photo Just after 4 a.m. on a recent Friday, while most of the neighbors in her leafy Boston suburb were still asleep, Jennifer Guidry was in the driveway of her rental apartment, her blond hair pulled back in a tidy French braid, vacuuming the inside of her car. The early-bird routine is a strategy that Ms. Guidry, a Navy veteran and former accountant, uses to mitigate the uncertainty of working in what’s known as the sharing economy. Ms. Guidry, 35, earns money by using her own car to ferry around strangers for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, ride services that let people summon drivers on demand via apps. She also assembles furniture and tends gardens for clients who find her on TaskRabbit, an online marketplace for chores. Her goal is to earn at least $25 an hour, on average. “You don’t know day to day,” she said.

In the promising parlance of the sharing economy, whose sites and apps connect people seeking services with sellers of those services, Ms. Around 4:30 a.m., Ms. Resigned, Ms. Lyft. Welcome to the Sharing Economy. Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.

Subscribe to Free Thoughts: iTunes | Android | iOS | RSS This week we’re talking about Uber, Airbnb, and other business models that are based on “sharing” human and physical resources, often using information technology to facilitate these transactions. In other words, the sharing economy. How do these new business models work? Are they even all that new? Are consumer feedback systems effectively replacing the quality-control mechanisms that are ostensibly the reason for government regulation in these markets? What effect have these new business models had on traditionally regulated services like taxicabs and hotels? Why do libertarians seem to like the sharing economy so much? Davos 2015: sharing economy in world cities. Last month, after presenting to the Greek government and hoteliers on the sharing economy and the future of sustainable tourism, I found myself in awkward company: a few people hissed during my talk and no one came up to speak with me during the break.

Yet the next day the press was enthusiastic, applauding not only the transformative potential of the sharing economy on the whole, but also Greece’s leadership for having brought it to the forefront. Moreover, city leaders whom I met one-on-one were also very excited. This shift in tone – sometimes overnight, often ongoing and hard to predict – is in many ways indicative of cities’ rapidly evolving approach to the sharing economy around the world. The sharing economy – based on the idea of “access over ownership” – is not a panacea to global problems. Looking ahead, I see the sharing economy becoming an increasingly important part of the new global context in 2015. When it comes to the sharing economy, cities are becoming more: La sharing economy ci salverà. The “Sharing” Economy, Uber, and the Triumph of Neo-Liberalism | Deterritorial Investigations Unit.

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Video: Who benefits from the sharing economy? Doublespeak in the New Economy. Baby sitter e vestitini: facciamo sharing economy. Peer-to-peer delivery service arrives in UK. Experfy: The Uber of Big Data Projects. How the Sharing and Collaborative Economy Is impacting the Energy Sector | Jeremiah Owyang. To Examine Competition, Consumer Protection, and Economic Issues Raised by the Sharing Economy at June Workshop | Federal Trade Commission. Greenmore: a project of sharing economy for urban agriculture | LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of Commons. Wrong way on Airbnb. ‘This was a drug-induced orgy': Calgary couple says Airbnb renters trashed their home.