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Changing Models of Ownership: Part III. Claro Partners' project Changing Models of Ownership and Value Exchange sought to understand how the concept of ownership and its transfer have changed – and are changing – in recent years. This is one of three short articles which Shareable will publish this month, featuring content from Claro's latest work. Following the past two weeks' posts about their study into changing models of ownership and value exchange, Claro Partners continues to present some cases which illustrate ways in which companies are trying to provide solutions and capitalize on issues that arise from a world seeing changes provoked by technology and shifts in behavior. Continuing the thread from last week, Claro delves into the realm of personal data ownership, both online and offline. They consulted with Nick Noles, an expert in the field from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan who specializes in the psychology of property and ownership.

Check out all posts in the series: The Top 10 New Books about the Sharing Economy. Want to hunker down with some good, shareable nonfiction this winter? Classic titles of the sharing economy, including The Mesh and What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, are good places to start. If you’re ready for more, we’ve rounded up a collection of 10 new books (plus three bonus selections) for the hardcore sharer that delve into the inner-workings of collaborative consumption, sharing law, the cultural shift toward collaboration, the importance of community-building, and more.

Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, by Steven Johnson (Riverhead): In Future Perfect, technology writer Steven Johnson argues that “peer networks” are the cornerstone of a future where collaboration and civic engagement, not profit, are the centerpiece of human culture. What's on your reading list? Let us know in comments. All book include affiliate links to Amazon.

What will the UK collaborative economy look like in 2025? Amid rising popularity and disruption, where is the UK collaborative economy headed? Nesta has created six possible future scenarios for the UK collaborative economy. Looking ahead to 2025, each scenario highlights some of the key trends and assumptions that are currently driving forward this space, such as micro-entrepreneurship to environmental sustainability to local economic development.

By no means exhaustive or exclusive, the scenarios are intended to stimulate discussion and prompt reflection on the future of the collaborative economy – and how we can influence this future. To start the discussion, we’ve asked Tooley Street Research to consider each scenario. Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration. Sharing Revolution | On the Commons. The recent rise of the commons and the sharing economy seems to suggest a growing recognition of the fact that our health, happiness, and security depend greatly on the planet and people around us. On the Commons highlights the many ways, new and old, that people connect and collaborate to advance the common good and develop greater economic autonomy in our new e-book Sharing Revolution: The essential economics of the commons by Jessica Conrad. You can download the free e-book here.

If Sharing Revolution adds value to your life and helps you see how the commons amplifies this new economic revolution, we hope you: Consider supporting our work with a financial contribution of any amount. Help us stand up to protect all that we share together. Click here to donate now.Forward this e-book to friends and family, and share it on Facebook and Twitter to help others become aware of the commons and the power of sharing. Use Co-opetition to Build New Lines of Revenue. Examples of high-profile failed business collaborations are everywhere. From the WordPerfect-Novell acquisition that led to bankruptcy, to the misfires of the Target-Neiman holiday experiment, it’s clear that despite the plethora of management literature on how to launch a successful partnership, collaborations often go bust.

It turns out, where there is money to be made, self-interest prevails, thus trumping cooperation in the process. Traditional collaborations fail because deep down, stakeholders assume their success must come at others’ expense, which is clearly a zero-sum game. The way forward is co-opetition, in which entities in the same industries act with what everyone recognizes as partial congruence of interests. As management professors Adam M. Unlike traditional collaborations, instead of coming together to do something and pretending you’re not competing, co-opetition leverages your competitor’s strength in order to thrive together. Agree to share information. 5 Things You Never Knew About the Sharing Economy. In TIME’s new cover story, Joel Stein takes readers on a wild ride through the sharing economy—renting out his car, chauffeuring people around late into the night, making dinner for strangers and even toying with the idea of doing other people’s laundry.

To read the full post, please subscribe to TIME. Here are five big takeaways about why we trust strangers with our stuff, our lives and our homes. These companies are more successful than investors ever thought possibleAirbnb was rejected by almost every venture capitalist it pitched itself to. But now an average of 425,000 people use it every night worldwide, and the company is valued at $13 billion, almost half as much as 96-year-old Hilton Worldwide. Uber is valued at $41.2 billion, one of the 150 biggest companies in the world–larger than Delta, FedEx or Viacom.

It makes people nicerNo matter how well trained service employees might be, everyone is nicer when they’re dealing with customers directly. Even customers.