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Peer-to-peer rental: The rise of the sharing economy

Peer-to-peer rental: The rise of the sharing economy
LAST night 40,000 people rented accommodation from a service that offers 250,000 rooms in 30,000 cities in 192 countries. They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain. Hosts and guests were matched up by Airbnb, a firm based in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2008 more than 4m people have used it—2.5m of them in 2012 alone. It is the most prominent example of a huge new “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated via the internet. You might think this is no different from running a bed-and-breakfast, owning a timeshare or participating in a car pool. What’s mine is yours, for a fee Just as peer-to-peer businesses like eBay allow anyone to become a retailer, sharing sites let individuals act as an ad hoc taxi service, car-hire firm or boutique hotel as and when it suits them. Peering into the future

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Rise of the Sharing Economy in Travel & Tourism A number of new businesses have emerged that are re-shaping parts of how the travel industry operate. Thanks to advances in mobile technologies, GPS enabled smartphones, and an increasing trust of the Internet and online payments, there has been a major momentum towards the “sharing economy”. This economy refers to a wide range of companies that use social networks and smartphones to offer everything from clothes to cars, with business models that connect those with something to offer with those who want something. A few sharing companies have grown remarkably fast, with many travelers replacing traditional hotel and taxicab travel experiences with these services: Zipcar ( – a membership-based carsharing company providing automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or the day

Getting Virtual Teams Right Anna Parini “Virtual” teams—ones made up of people in different physical locations—are on the rise. As companies expand geographically and as telecommuting becomes more common, work groups often span far-flung offices, shared workspaces, private homes, and hotel rooms. When my firm, Ferrazzi Greenlight, recently surveyed 1,700 knowledge workers, 79% reported working always or frequently in dispersed teams. Armed with laptops, Wi-Fi, and mobile phones, most professionals can do their jobs from anywhere. The appeal of forming virtual teams is clear. Employees can manage their work and personal lives more flexibly, and they have the opportunity to interact with colleagues around the world. How To Design For The Sharing Economy The definition of ownership is changing. We are becoming less interested in owning products and accumulating wealth through long-term purchases. Instead, we crave experiences, seeking out things without much of a financial or time investment, and have a newfound appreciation of bargains and second-hand possessions (a song about thrifting is leading the Billboard charts as I am writing this). We increasingly consume products and services through renting, sharing, and purchasing subscriptions.

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Nothing to wear? Peer-to-peer fashion rental start-up could help You know how it is – a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? Or indeed a city full of people but no-one to meet up with? Young, French entrepreneur Fiona Disegni has come up with a solution to both. Great impact of the conference “Responsible Tourism and a sharing economy” Maurizio Davolio, president of EARTH The second European conference “Responsible tourism in a sharing economy” organized by EARTH (European Alliance Responsible Tourism and Hospitality) and this year together with the European network NECSTouR (Network of European Region for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism) took place on Tuesday 2nd of December in Brussels. About 70 people attended representing local authorities, especially regions, but also private companies, associations and NGOs and representatives of the European Commission and European Parliament. The great participation showed a major interest for the 2 selected thematic: responsible tourism and sharing economy. Cristina Nuñez, coordinator of NECSTouR

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[Beta] How do you design? This book is not finished. We’ve been developing it over the past few years. It began as a manilla folder with copies of different process models. We completed the first “book” version as part of a project undertaken for Elaine Coleman and Sun’s Virtual Center for Innovation. CHANGING ROLE OF THE ELITE CAPITALIST By Farid A. Khavari The United States is ruled by a plutocracy of the rich and superrich—the elite capitalists. Craft as a creative industry: what doesn't get counted, doesn't count The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) issued its paper for consultation on classifying and measuring the creative industries in April. This new paper proposes the removal of 'crafts' as a recognised category within the creative industries. This is of great concern to us and the thousands of makers and organisations across the UK who contribute to one of the most vibrant craft sectors in the world. DCMS states that the removal of crafts as a recognised category would not have any impact on funding and they have reassured us that it believes craft is still a very important sector. However to omit this as a category denies makers, craft agencies and organisations and the government itself robust and commonly agreed data that evidences craft's importance.

Uber, Airbnb and consequences of the sharing economy: Research roundup Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center Lyft car in San Francisco (Wikimedia) The implications of the so-called “sharing economy” have been hotly debated in the news media, and the research world is now beginning to weigh in with deeper analysis. One central area of argument relates to whether the sharing economy is simply bringing more wage-earning opportunities to more people, or whether its net effect is the displacement of traditionally secure jobs and the creation of a land of part-time, low-paid work. It’s a debate that continues to play out across communities in the United States, forcing reporters to weigh competing claims and varying in tone from boosterism to warnings of the new economy’s “dark side.” While the conclusions are anything but clear, even as more data pour in, it is worth digging into the available literature and knowing the centers of research debate and lines of argument.

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