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OuiShare - Connecting the Collaborative Economy

OuiShare - Connecting the Collaborative Economy
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The Mock Trial of the Collaborative Economy This is the first part of the series titled “The quest for new value(s)”, where I aim at drawing a critical analysis of the collaborative economy with the objective to identify the key points where our action is needed now. After two years of one-sided praise of the collaborative economy, it is being put under merciless scrutiny. Accused of increasing inequalities while capturing the value created by communities, the various models gathered under this umbrella term are depicted as the most savage version of capitalism. What if this ruthless critics are focusing too much on the most visible flaws, while overlooking the real issues we have to start solving now? The reasons for delusion The collaborative economy is going through dark times. After nearly two years of uninterrupted praise to the values of “sharing” and “collaboration”, this shift may seem unsettling. Please change the bloody record It’s now necessary to debunk some of the much-heard statements which are, at best, inexact. Why?

Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph | George Monbiot | Opinion The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975. At a meeting a few months after Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative party, one of her colleagues, or so the story goes, was explaining what he saw as the core beliefs of conservatism. She snapped open her handbag, pulled out a dog-eared book, and slammed it on the table. “This is what we believe,” she said. The book was The Constitution of Liberty by Frederick Hayek. This, at any rate, is how it was originally conceived. He begins the book by advancing the narrowest possible conception of liberty: an absence of coercion. Democracy, by contrast, “is not an ultimate or absolute value”. He justifies this position by creating a heroic narrative of extreme wealth. The ultra rich are “scouts”, “experimenting with new styles of living”, who blaze the trails that the rest of society will follow. Hayek softened his opposition to monopolies and hardened his opposition to trade unions.

how to save the world | Dave Pollard's chronicle of civilization's collapse, creative works and essays on our culture. A trail of crumbs, runes and exclamations along my path in search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding La consommation collaborative ou le mythe de la perceuse La consommation collaborative a la vent en poupe, c’est indéniable. Elle suscite donc assez logiquement plus d’une vocation entrepreneuriale dans son sillage. Mais avant de se lancer dans la création du Airbnb de la perceuse / de la tente / du meuble à chaussures (rayer la mention inutile), mieux vaut garder la tête froide : les startups du « partage » sont des entreprises comme les autres. Derrières les réussites éclatantes du Bon Coin, d’Airbnb ou de BlaBlaCar, qui génèrent des dizaines voire des centaines de millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires, se cache une réalité souvent bien plus rude pour les entrepreneurs de la consommation collaborative. Je suis moi-même passé par là : à la fin de l’année 2011, je créais ma plateforme et me lançais dans l’aventure de Cup of teach, une place de marché de cours entre particuliers. Franchement, vous vous imaginez vraiment demander quatre euros à votre voisin pour qu’il puisse poser sa tringle à rideau ?

Addicted to Failure Neoliberalism foists on career-minded millennials; a self-relation which resembles that of alcoholics in the throes of addiction A friend of mine is in a program now, and she’s doing much better. Underearners Anonymous (UA), a 12-step program founded in New York City in 2006, is a program for people who have trouble pursuing their personal “vision,” a term which appears seven times in the brief “About UA” pamphlet. In one sense, “underearning” is simply what its name implies: an “inability to provide for one’s needs.” But it’s not just about earning a higher salary. It is also about “underachieving, or under-being, no matter how much money we make.” Patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the original 12-step program, UA may be thought of as a protocol for personal change. This paradox becomes even more pronounced under the conditions of freedom and flexibility characteristic of late 20th- and early 21st-century capitalism.

Curious Apes | Embracing chaos. Expanding Consciousness. 14 propositions pour une économie open Au printemps dernier, Philippe Lemoine nous a sollicité pour réaliser des propositions liées aux OpenModels dans le cadre de sa mission sur la transformation numérique. Le rapport final a été rendu public le 7 novembre et nous sommes ravis de constater que les plus emblématiques ont été reprises. Le 29 juin, nous avons rassemblé une quinzaine de représentants des différents territoires de l’Open (dont Lionel Maurel, Bastien Guerry, Valérie Peugeot, Jean-Luc Wingert, Frédéric Charles, Benjamin Tincq, Karine Durand-Garçon et Louis-David Benyayer). La session a été très productive, nous avons proposé 14 actions concrètes pour les soutenir. Toutes ces propositions sont dans le livre Open Models. Expliquer les licences et en créer de nouvelles Les open models développent une nouvelle approche de la propriété intellectuelle et du droit d’auteur. Proposition 1 : Développer de nouvelles licences dans la lignée des peer production & reciprocity licence Mobiliser les pouvoirs publics

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Its anonymity is both a symptom and cause of its power. So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. Attempts to limit competition are treated as inimical to liberty. We internalise and reproduce its creeds. Never mind structural unemployment: if you don’t have a job it’s because you are unenterprising. Among the results, as Paul Verhaeghe documents in his book What About Me? The term neoliberalism was coined at a meeting in Paris in 1938. In The Road to Serfdom, published in 1944, Hayek argued that government planning, by crushing individualism, would lead inexorably to totalitarian control. As it evolved, neoliberalism became more strident.

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