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 Sharing Economy Is Helping Our Wallets And The Environment

The Huffington Post – June 23, 2016

People have found advantages to offering their services and products for a good price. The rating systems that are used can also help good companies gain more customers, and help warn or encourage potential buyers depending on the rating.


The Sharing Economy Comes To Oil

Real Clear Energy – June 22, 2016

Bloomberg reports that oil companies working out of the North Sea — “one of the world’s most expensive oil regions” — have started pooling “spare parts, ranging from nuts and screws to valves and compressors…”


Daily Report: Airbnb and Social Control in the Sharing Economy

The New York Times – June 20, 2016

Tech is an industry supposedly built on the idea that transparency and information sharing make a better world for us all. Apparently not when the information involves things that might affect the company itself.


Delivering Veggies to the Sharing Economy

Courier-Post – June 19, 2016

Alfrea is a website connecting people with land with people who want to garden, people who want to garden with gardening experts, and people who have fruits and vegetables with people who have none.


The Sharing Economy Booms for Boomers

CNBC – June 18, 2016

28 percent of those ages 50 an older have used a sharing economy service. That includes everything from escorted rides to living with roommates, and pet sitting in homes abroad in exchange for a place to stay. The sharing economy is expected to be a $335-billion industry by 2025, and its already a part of the lives of many older Americans.


How the Gig Economy Could Save Capitalism

Time – June 15, 2016

It’s possible that the gig economy could give more power to workers, rather than weaken them.


When Uber Leaves, What Happens?

Governing – June 15, 2016

Uber and Lyft have stopped or threatened to stop serving cities around the country. When they actually do, start-ups and riders scramble to fill the hole.


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.