Monthly Archives: June 2016

A Sharing Economy Thrives in Battle Ground, WA

The Reflector – June 28, 2016

“Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively.” This is the motto of the Buy Nothing Project. It began when two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, created an experimental hyper-local gift economy on Bainbridge Island, in Washington, in 2013. It has become a worldwide effort, growing to more than 280,000 members in 18 nations, with 1,300 groups and more than 1,700 volunteers.


Uber for Your Lawnmower? The Future of the Sharing Economy

Entrepreneur – June 24, 2016

The sharing economy, in some form, is here to stay. But what’s just as interesting is how the sharing economy is clearly shaking up traditional business models. The next phase is up to thought leaders and innovative startups. They have to decide where the sharing economy is headed, in light of the rise of the “internet of things’ (IoT) revolution — meaning the proliferation of internet-connected devices like wearables, home automation devices and cloud-based gadgets.

The Gig Economy is Neither ‘Sharing’ Nor ‘Collaborative’

Financial Times – June 14, 2016

Most “sharing” or “collaborative economy” companies use the internet to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers for a fee. Some facilitate the renting of assets (such as Airbnb), some the sale of labour (such as TaskRabbit and Upwork) and some a bit of both (such as Uber). What exactly is being shared here? Who is collaborating with whom? Freelancers on Upwork are no more sharing their skills with the world than I am sharing mine with the Financial Times. Airbnb hosts are not collaborating with their guests any more than Marriott International is collaborating with its customers.