Uber, Airbnb and consequences of the sharing economy: Research roundup. The leading businesses that are advancing the concept of the “sharing economy” are in many respects no longer insurgents and newcomers. The size and scale of Uber, Airbnb and several other firms now rival, or even surpass, those of some of the world’s largest businesses in transportation, hospitality and other sectors. As the economic power of these technology-driven firms grows, there continue to be regulatory and policy skirmishes on every possible front, across cities and towns spanning the United States, Europe and beyond.
The Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department issued a report in June 2016 that attempts to define and map out the contours of this emerging business sector, labeling its participants “digital matching firms.” That report defines this sector through the four following characteristics: There is the distinct danger, on both sides, of overstating the case and the size of effects. Fights over rules and regulations Latest research “Ride On!
Join the Sharing Cities Network. From Mira Luna, Neal Gorenflo, and team Shareable. Imagine a city where everyone’s needs are met because people make the personal choice to share. Where everyone can create meaningful livelihoods. Where fresh, local food is available to all. Where affordable housing and shared transportation are abundant. Where the poor are lifted up, the middle class is strengthened, and the rich are respected because they all work together for the common good. Imagine a city where the people decide how the city budget is spent. Where the people own the banks, control credit, and create their own money. Imagine a city where all this is possible without relying on the government or big banks. Our dream at Shareable is that everyone gets to live in such a place. What’s missing is there’s no single city where all these models are brought together. This is a call to change that. Because there are proven solutions, there’s no need to doubt that it can be done. The time to build sharing cities is now.
Sharing in your Neighbourhood. Borrow the things you need from people in your neighborhood | Peerby. Nextdoor: Join the free private social network for your neighborhood. NeighborGoods. Landshare - connecting growers to people with land to share. Yerdle - why shop when you can share? - yerdle. Getaround - Peer-to-peer car sharing and local car rental. How to Start a Tool Library. It might seem a little risky to lend out a bunch of power tools to those who probably don’t know how to use them.
After all, tools can be dangerous, people can be idiots, and we live in an exceptionally litigious society. For some strange but very understandable reason, those concerns alone have been more than enough to effectively end many community tool libraries before they even start. As the sharing economy continues to blossom, however, more communities are overcoming that inherent fear and establishing lending libraries to embrace the beautiful benefits of sharing with neighbors. Through Google groups, starter kits, and incubator workshops, new tool libraries now have the ability to overcome their inherent concerns by learning from the experiences of many who have come before them.
Though it seems like a relatively unique idea, around 40 community tool libraries already exist throughout the United States, from Philadelphia to Seattle and south to Oakland and New Orleans. Learn More. In August 2012 the Center for a New American Dream presented a free webinar about how to start up a new tool library in your community. Topics included obtaining funding, finding a location, tracking tools, navigating through legal issues, and more.
The webinar featured speakers from successful tool libraries around the country. Guest speakers: Mike Froehlich - Founder, West Philly Tool Library (Philadelphia, PA)Jason Hatch - Founder, North Portland Tool Library (Portland, OR)Pete McElligott - Founder, Berkeley Tool Lending Library (Berkeley, CA)Ty Yurgelevic - Founder, Temescal Tool Lending Library (Oakland, CA) Click play on the video below to watch a recording of the webinar. Hear Froehlich, Hatch, McElligott, and Yurgelevic share wisdom and stories about how they got their tool libraries off the ground, and answer questions about how you can launch one in your own town! Additional resources for starting tool libraries: Video length: Approx. 1 hour. Repair Café (English) The Freecycle Network. Study Reveals Big Opportunities in the Sharing Economy. Latitude and Shareable Magazine recently released the findings of The New Sharing Economy study, which uncovered new opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and established companies in the emerging sharing economy.
Top Opportunity Areas for New Sharing Services. The New Sharing Economy study surveyed 537 participants for their current engagement and future interest in sharing across industry categories. Based on this data, the top opportunity areas for new service offerings were interpreted as those with both high latent demand and low market saturation: time, household goods, automobiles, money, and living space. Infographic excerpted from The New Sharing Economy study report. Download in full here. Time is money. What All Businesses Can Learn from The New Sharing Economy. Image credit: D'Arcy Norman Build brand loyalty and generate more actionable marketing data through sharing-based offerings. A Few Forward-Looking Sharing Business Concepts, Submitted by Participants. Software. Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption.
Access vs. Ownership in ‘Collaborative Consumption’ New rental markets are popping up all over the place, as detailed by a recent Wall Street Journal article. The trend is beginning to drive a larger movement labeled by some as “collaborative consumption,” wherein “sharing” is pushed as a way of “reinventing old market behaviors.” Over at Carpe Diem, Mark J. Perry provides a helpful round-up on the phenomenon, pointing to the already mentioned WSJ article, a new Collaborative Consumption Hub web site, and a host of relevant products and services: [W]e’re increasingly becoming more of a “rental economy,” where people can now rent just about anything they need from somebody else: their bathroom, their couch for an overnight stay, designer neckties (and bow ties and cufflinks), their driveway, their private automobiles, their toys, their clothing/costumes/maternity clothing/accessories/jewelry, party/event equipment, fine art, household items and tools (vacuum cleaners, iPads, tents, printers) etc. and the list goes on and on…
It's Time to Go Big: A Vision for the Sharing Economy. The sharing economy is in a regulatory crisis. Airbnb’s hotel tax issues, the cease and desist orders slapped on peer mobility apps Sidecar and Lyft, and other brushes with the law have catalyzed a flurry of organizing and dialogue about sharing economy regulation. It started with the launch of San Francisco’s Sharing Economy Working Group in April, and was followed with the formation of the Bay Area Sharing Economy Coalition in August, lobbying by the Collaborative Economy Coalition at the Democratic National Convention in September.
SPUR’s Gabriel Metcalfe wrote a provocative opinion piece about it earlier this month, and Shareable’s April Rinne and NYU professor Arun Sundararjan offered much commented counterpoints. This is a sure sign the sharing economy is maturing. Lead with vision Talking about new laws before there’s a vision to pave the way is putting the cart before the horse. Apple’s 1984 Macintosh TV ad is a famous example. Dr. Offer the vision The vision must come from many. The Sharing Solution » 20 Questions to Discuss When You Share. When you sit down to discuss the details of a sharing arrangement, here is a list of 20 categories of questions to discuss.
It may not be quite as entertaining as a good old fashioned game of “Twenty Questions,” but it can be interesting and revealing. Without realizing it, sharers sometimes have different expectations about what they’ll be sharing, how often, for what reasons, or with whom. By working through these issues early on, you’ll build the foundation for a smooth sharing operation. □ 1.
What are our personal, practical, financial, or environmental goals? □ 2. And for that matter, what are we not sharing? □ 3. Do our cosharers need to meet any particular qualifications? □ 4. What are the pros and cons of having a large or small sharing group? □ 5. When will it stop and start? □ 6. Will one person own it and let others use it? □ 7. . □ 8. . □ 9. What benefits or services to we get from this sharing arrangement? □ 10. . □ 11. Will we assign roles and tasks? □ 12. . □ 13. Keeping? □ 14. . □ 15.