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Merger Mania in the Travel Industry and How it Will Impact You

Jim Pickell | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Jim Pickell

In 2014 over 1.1 billion tourists traveled abroad. That means that one in seven people took an international trip. International tourist arrivals are ...

Social Sharing Apps That Will Change Your Life

Sherry Gray | Posted 01.27.2016 | Technology
Sherry Gray

It's not just cat videos anymore. Social sharing has created a whole new economy, and the possibilities are wide open. The sharing economy is huge, a...

Airbnb: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Jim Pickell | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Jim Pickell

Whether it's even part of the sharing economy (barely), Airbnb dominates many of the discussions surrounding how the sharing economy is impacting our travel and our very way of life.

The Rediscovery and Valuing of People Power

Robin Chase | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Robin Chase

It's time to change the game by creating platforms and sharing power and value with the people who give them life.

How the Sharing Economy Screws American Workers

Steven Hill | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Steven Hill

A new and alarming mash-up of Silicon Valley technology and Wall Street greed is thrusting upon us the latest economic fad: the so-called "sharing economy." In reality, workers at companies like Uber and Airbnb have little choice but to hire themselves out for ever-smaller jobs and wages, with no safety net, while the companies profit.

Top Myths of the Sharing Economy

Jim Pickell | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Jim Pickell

We're living at a dynamic time. Technology is advancing at increasingly compressed rates, radically changing how we interact with our neighbors and ac...

Earn More Money in 2016 by Renting Out These 5 Things

Michael Carpenter | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Michael Carpenter

Have you thought about renting one of your rooms on Airbnb--you know, the extra bedroom with the exterior door where you've been storing junk for the past decade--but cleaning up and letting people into your house feels like too much to handle? Cheer up!

Why Internet Platforms Don't Need Special Regulation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Lawmakers and regulators lately have come under intense pressure to regulate upstart Internet market platforms as they rapidly transform entire sectors of the economy by providing simple and elegant new ways for buyers and sellers to connect and do business online.

6 Tech Trends to Watch -- or Ignore -- in 2016

Steven Hill | Posted 01.05.2016 | Technology
Steven Hill

A battle royal is looming for June 2016 in a federal courtroom in San Francisco. The combatants? Uber versus its drivers.

No One Is Sure What We're Going To Do When The Robots Come For Our Jobs

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business

The American economy has a problem, and experts aren't really sure how to fix it.  That was the takeaway from Wednesday afternoon's Future of Wo...

The Sharing Economy is Causing Inequality, Social Harm

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Ehsan Zaffar

The growth that sharing economy companies enjoy is derived in large part from the word-of-mouth buzz its customers create. Yet, these patrons do not receive in-kind advocacy for the challenges in their community.

How the Sharing Economy Helps in the Fight Against Climate Change

Jim Pickell | Posted 12.10.2015 | Travel
Jim Pickell

The sharing economy is a favorite talking point in many travel circles, especially as sharing homes, cars, and meals through companies like HomeExchan...

Sharing Economy -- What Are We Really Sharing?

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Jasmine Jaksic

There is something inherently wrong with the term 'sharing economy.' It sounds very progressive and the widening wealth gap makes these opportunities appealing, but if you remove the layers, you realize that it not all it's cracked up to be.

If Uber Kills Cabs, Cities Must Ensure Accessible Vehicles Live

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.01.2015 | Technology

Accessibility advocates have argued for years that on-demand car companies don't serve people with disabilities well. Now there's a fig...

Can the Sharing Economy Solve the Financial Overload of the Aging Growth Problem?

Carol Marak | Posted 11.29.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Growing old is costly. Take, for instance, the expense of health insurance and the costs of long-term care, housing, and chronic disease treatments. ...

Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers -- and What Must Be Done

Robert Reich | Posted 11.28.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

It's possible to have a flexible economy and also provide workers some minimal level of security. A decent society requires no less.

How the Third Industrial Revolution Can Transform France

Daniel Percheron | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Daniel Percheron

LILLE, France -- The Internet of Things and the path to the zero marginal cost society is already coming into being. Much remains to be implemented, but we can say for certain that a movement has been launched.

Infographics: Growth of Sharing in the Collaborative Economy

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

The rapid rise of the Collaborative Economy raises an important question for businesses: what's driving the growth of this movement? More importantly, is it a permanent shift in customer behavior?

The Third Industrial Revolution, Like Moore's Law, Is a Guide to the Future

J. Byron McCormick | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
J. Byron McCormick

Make no mistake -- a new future is being built. There will be winners. There will be losers. Nations will prosper. Nations will stumble. How quickly and well that future is built matters to our kids and grandkids and those of future generations unborn.

How the Sharing Economy Can Create Value from Waste

Lisa Gansky | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Lisa Gansky

In the next phase of our global economy, we will see experimentation and ultimately adoption of peer-to-peer models where value creation mirrors value capture and the people who actually provide the value in each marketplace reap most of the benefits.

A Man Died At An Airbnb Rental. Here's How The Company Responded

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.10.2015 | Technology

The story of a man's tragic death at an Airbnb rental in Texas is drawing more attention to the responsibilities tech companies have in keeping their ...

What the Rise of the Freelance Economy Means for the Future of Work

Susan Lund | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Susan Lund

If the digital revolution makes alternative working models and employment relationships more commonplace, policymakers will need to consider designing a system of more portable benefits. Workers in many fields are becoming free agents in digital marketplaces, for better and for worse.

If Europe Opens Up and Innovates, It Can Create More Jobs

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Guy Verhofstadt

BRUSSELS -- We need to end once and for all the European aberration in which markets of the past are given preference over markets of the future.

A Revolt Is Coming for Cloud Labor

Guy Standing | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Guy Standing

We are on the cusp of a revolution in the way work and labor are done. The changes are generating chronic insecurity and worsening inequality. Put bluntly, in the past three decades, a global market system has been emerging, aided by economic liberalization policies, a technological revolution based on electronics that has facilitated changes in organizations and a dismantling of the firm and a shift of bargaining power from workers to capital.

Airbnb: Bragging About Meeting Their Legal Requirement

Mike Lux | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Mike Lux

So I wanted everyone to know that today when I was out shopping I paid the legally required sales tax on some gum I bought at the drug store. I am very proud of myself for doing so.