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April Rinne

April is a sharing economy and Shareable Cities expert, focusing on the linkages and opportunities between the sharing economy and cities; policy; travel and tourism; and emerging markets. She advises companies, local and national governments, entrepreneurs, think tanks, investors and development banks, working across for-profit and non-profit models.

Previously April was Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab, global Director of WaterCredit at, a private lawyer focusing on international microfinance and impact investing, and adjunct faculty at the International Development Law Organization. She advises numerous social enterprises, ranging from BOP marketplace creation to alternative currencies, across a range of developed and developing countries.

April holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in International Finance from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Emory University. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum where she leads the Sharing Economy Working Group and serves on the Urbanization advisory group. She also serves on the Sharing Economy Advisory Boards for Seoul, South Korea and the National League of Cities. She is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation and a member of REX. She is an avid globetrotter, having traveled to 87 countries (at last count), and does a mean handstand.

Entries by April Rinne

3 Lessons on Financial Inclusion and the Sharing Economy

(5) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Why is it that despite new technologies and widespread innovation, today's financial sector provides such ill-fitting products and services to so many people and leaves so many more entirely unserved? We are missing a huge opportunity for business, policy and society alike - a missed opportunity with lasting negative effects.

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Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 5:05 PM

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impact investors and think tanks about the potential of this space and what it means for the future.

The sharing economy is experiencing explosive growth around...

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: Unlocking Wealth & Cities Too, But Beware the Regulatory Wrinkles

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:05 AM

The possibility of an economy based on "nearly free and shareable" goods and services is closer to reality than many, if not most, people can fathom. The concept of a zero marginal cost society is not only plausible, but in some cases already well underway. The collaborative economy is revealing...

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What Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:12 PM

Microfinance is the provision of financial products and services to economically active poor people who for a variety of cultural, social, gender-related and other reasons are excluded from the mainstream financial sector, especially in the developing world. The microfinance sector has grown significantly over the past few decades and in...

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Sharing Economy Law: Outdated Rules Create Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:48 AM

Earlier this month, a group of lawyers, entrepreneurs, business owners, ecovillage leaders, and community facilitators gathered in Portland, Oregon, for a two-day seminar on Legal Tools for the Sharing Economy. The course was taught by Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and...

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Polymaths, Bumblebees and the 'Expert' Myth

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Co-written with Jerry Michalski

Some of the smartest people in the world economy are twenty-somethings who dropped out of school. But if you ask politicians and policy wonks on both sides of the aisle, dropouts are synonymous with "lost opportunity" and "failure."

The conventional wisdom, after all, is that the...

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Mentoring Myopia: Mentorship in the 21st century

(7) Comments | Posted September 29, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Thanks to technological advancement, changes in socio-demographics and diversity, meaningful mentoring relationships can now take a variety of forms and lead to a far more varied set of results. Today, mentors are seen less as career advancers and more as career collaborators, focusing more on "sharing perspective and experience" and...

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