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See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over — Backchannel

See Ya Later, Capitalism — the Collaborative Economy Is Taking Over — Backchannel
The old model of unwieldy behemoths is giving way to a new one of collaboration. Welcome to the world of Peers. Compare the phone you had as a kid to the one in your pocket now. The first was a telephone owned by a monopoly that you used at most only minutes a day. The latter is a smart networked device you refer to hundreds of times. The difference? This cycle of opening up excess capacity, INCs building platforms for participation, and connecting billions of diverse Peers to create and collaborate together, is the path to abundance. Peers Inc partnerships are everywhere. The French startup BlaBlaCar shares long distance car trips, connecting drivers with extra seats and travelers going in the same direction. Throughout the last century companies have made money by hoarding stuff: assets, intellectual property, people. In the new collaborative economy, sharing and networking assets, like platforms, car seats and bedrooms, will always deliver more value faster.

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The end of capitalism has begun The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse. Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. Ithaca, NY Launches its Own Digital Currency to Boost Local Economy A startup local currency has just launched the Ithaca dollar in Ithaca, NY, designed to not only promote investment in local businesses and bring the community together, but to also pick up where one of the most successful alternative currency experiments in the US, the Ithaca HOURs, has left off. Ithaca Dollars The new Ithaca dollar is produced by a company called Ithacash, and for the moment is exclusively in digital form. The company founder, Scott Morris, is keen to keep local money within the local community.

Frommer's Airbnb Now Recruiting Professional Vacation Home Companies—Is it Moving Away from the "Sharing Economy"? Airbnb search results in Florida displaying two properties not by homeowners but by established companies This summer, Airbnb began slipping a new type of homes into its search results: Ones resulting from a partnership with professional home rental companies, not ones offered by everyday citizens with an extra room to rent. In what could be viewed as a departure from its original mandate to enable the crowdsourcing of hospitality, in a few test markets including Orlando, Airbnb is hand-selecting partners to diversify its inventory, moving away from private residences and toward properties that have never seen a permanent resident. People who book these rentals won't be greeted by a homeowner or resident but by a worker of a home rental company. Property managers would benefit enormously by having their inventory appear on a portal as powerful as Airbnb.

Higher Education : Access Denied — Learning {Re}imagined — Medium Higher Education : Access Denied How my dreams of joining the academic elite were dashed. Those of you who know me or follow my work will also know that I wasn’t an exemplary student at school. In fact, for a variety of reasons, my school career ended early when I was 15 and I didn’t return to what is known today as “formal education”.

10 sought after "Areas of Expertise" in the New Internet Economy! Traditional brick and mortar businesses are crumbling and a new internet economy is beginning to take shape. Needless to say a big chunk of the 21st century jobs created will be in the digital arena. And it will require skill sets which frankly the education system hasn’t fully come to terms with yet. Let’s have a look at 10 key “areas of expertise” a digital professional is expected to specialize or have functional knowledge in to qualify for the internet economy.

Using TimeBanking to provide respite for caregivers UNDESA Population Div., World Population Prospects, the 2012 Revision, 2013 By Hannah Lobb (Intern at TimeBanks USA) WDSU News in New Orleans recently ran a story on the NOLA Timebank. In the news clip, Gretchen Zalkind, founder of NOLA Timebank, explained how timebanking is both important to the community and her personally. Zalkind is extremely grateful for the timebank community, as it has enabled her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, to remain living at home. As Zalkind is not able to leave her mother at home by herself, she spends her timedollars on care for her mother. Affordable workspace London – Vrumi The sharing economy, collaborative consumption, or peer-to-peer marketplace — however you wish to phrase it — is transforming and revolutionizing the way we relate to one another and the way we live, work and interact with our communities. By now, most of us are familiar with the main players, but did you know there are a steadily growing handful of unnoticed start-ups coming up and finding their way into the collaborative economy? Do you ever feel frustrated at driving around in circles searching for a place to park your car? Ever wish somebody nearby could watch your dog for a few days? Have you wondered why you can’t bypass the retailers and support local farmers directly? You’re in luck – someone else agrees.

Student Life: Still More Views - The Atlantic Interestingly, however, some of the students argued, essentially, that college life may be decadent "education-free zones," but, gosh, hasn't that always been the case? Others offered some amusing, and appropriate, push-back on the whole wasted-time issue: Every cohort of high-school students and collegians wastes time! How did YOUR generation do it? Electronic Word of Mouth Marketing: Relationship between Brand Loyalty and Electronic Word of Mouth in Social Marketing Networks: Business and Management Book Chapter Abstract Social networks as new form of popular and widely used communities (especially among Iranians) are considered as places to talk about brands and sharing comments, experiences, interests and help users to play more prominent role in their own and others informed choices. Purpose of this chapter is to find a logical relationship between brand loyalty on one hand, and participating in eWOM and individuals' identification through specific brands (Adidas in present chapter) on the other.

Charting Your Own Credit Union - Sustainable Economies Law Center Under-served communities, often communities of color, are in dire need of funding and development, but, all too often, people from these communities are unable to access funds necessary for this work. Cooperation is a time-tested development strategy. Through cooperative banking, under-served communities can receive vital services while keeping banking institutions accountable through the democratic process. Panelist information coming soon! Three’s Company: Uber, De Blasio, and Yellow Cab Uber is making waves in New York City. The company—whose low-cost ride-hailing app faces backlash from San Francisco to South Africa—has begun an aggressive (and quite effective) campaign to fight a law proposed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio that would cap the company’s growth for one year. The city council could vote as early as Thursday on the proposal, but Uber isn’t taking the prospect of the restriction sitting down. NYPost: The app-based car service will extend its multi-million-dollar TV ad campaign attacking de Blasio into August — while taxi-industry activists are ripping City Hall’s proposed one-year freeze on Uber licenses as unhelpful. […]The extension will increase the ad buy from an estimated $5 million to as much as $10 million.The taxi industry has pumped more than $600,000 into de Blasio-controlled committees since January 2013, and Uber’s ads accuse the mayor of “pushing the agenda of big taxi donors.”

Contemporary Student Life - The Atlantic by John Tierney It may be that, like me, you don't quite know what to make of articles that have appeared recently about the state of contemporary secondary and post-secondary education. But maybe you can! If so, help me sort through it. Less Than One Percent of All Things That Could Be Internet-Connected Actually Are Internet connectivity has become globally ubiquitous, yet only a minute fraction of possible items are connected. The good news? That’s poised to change dramatically, and in a hurry. It’s hard to imagine a greater transformational change than the one digital connectivity has wrought over the past decade.