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Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 08.03.2015 | Science
Jens Martin Skibsted

Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.

How Uber And The On-Demand Economy Are Changing The Way We Live

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

Now that the Uberization of everything is breaking into mainstream politics, it's time to talk about what on-demand apps such as Uber or Pag...

Hillary Clinton Hints She'd Support Flexible Benefits For Gig Economy Workers

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

If America's economic future includes on-demand labor in a "gig economy," then American policymakers will need to build modern safety nets to protect ...

Why Uber Is An Easy Target For Politicians

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business

   Uber is growing fast -- and its economic value has become a topic of political debate. Politicians are grappling with how to approach th...

Risk in the Asset-less Economy

Dante Disparte | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

Uber and Airbnb's customers, non-employee employees and stakeholders rightfully have an expectation of the harmonization of the terms of trade irrespective of borders. Herein lies one of the greatest existential risks to the asset-less economy.

It's Time To Talk About The 'Gig Economy'

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.15.2015 | Technology

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have focused on middle-class wages in a sweeping economic policy speech Monday, but her comments on...

Public Policy Challenges and Opportunities in a Digital Economy

Sen. Mark Warner | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Sen. Mark Warner

Some version of the Gig and Sharing economies are here to stay. As policymakers, we need to ask the right questions, discuss the appropriate rules of the road, and know when we need to get out of the way.

To Courtney, With Love

Philip Kyle | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Philip Kyle

In the last few days, you have become an icon in France. Sure, you were already an icon: you are passionate, unconventional, and provocative. We, the French, like to think of ourselves as all of that, and more.

Dave Jamieson

California Official Dismantles Uber's 'Independent Contractor' Model

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business

An official at the California Labor Commission has taken an axe to Uber's claim that its drivers are really independent operators and not employees of...

Autonomous Vehicles Will Replace Taxi Drivers, But That's Just the Beginning

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

Robots taking human jobs means that those humans can spend their time doing higher-valued work that will drive even more progress, which is especially good news for less-desirable professions like long-haul trucking, which is actually facing a worsening shortage of workers.

11 Economies Shaking Up the World of Work

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Did you catch the headline last week about Amazon Prime's new same-day service? Online shoppers in some markets who place an order before noon can now get their packages later that very day.

Payment Doesn't Always Look Like Money

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

When we attempt to reduce our value and worth at all times to mere dollars and cents we will always come up short. I have always found that I am usually rewarded for my work in direct resonance to my own sense of value.

Be a Winning Entrepreneur in the New Sharing Economy

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Yes, the sharing economy is changing the rules of business, and opening a wealth of opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs around the world. Those that recognize it early still have time to ride the wave, and those that don't will lose out on a lucrative way of doing business.

This Will Make You Never, Ever Forget Your Taxi Seat Belt Again

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Riding in a taxi without a seat belt isn't just a big city public health problem. Thanks to the popularity of car-hailing services such as Uber an...

These Companies Prove You Don't Need to 'Own' Anything to be Successful

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

In the earlier times, having the largest empire and estate equate power and success. The more tangible your assets are, the easier to flaunt and make listen and believe what you've got to say.

How the Sharing and Collaborative Economy Is impacting the Energy Sector

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

What's the Collaborative Economy? An economic model where technologies enable people to get what they need from each other --rather than from centralized institutions. This has impacted cars, hotels, banks, retailers, manufactures, and more.

Earth Day 2015: Inspiring Evidence of a Paradigm Shift

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Instead of resorting to a cynical stance towards Earth Day this year, look around to see the movement that is sneaking up on us and transitioning not only our attitudes, but also our global economy, towards a more holistic system.

It's Time to Start Talking Seriously About Basic Income

Jim Pugh | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Pugh

What if full employment wasn't a necessity in our economy? What if it was okay to not have a full-time position? What if robots stealing our jobs could actually be a good thing, rather than something to fear?

#WeWashing: When "Sharing" Is Renting and "Community" Is a Commodity

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Based on terms like whitewashing and greenwashing, WeWashing is when corporations, brands and other groups use the language of "sharing" and "community" to describe what are essentially capitalist commercial transactions.

Sharing Services Will Continue to Dominate in 2015

Paul DeLong | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Paul DeLong

As the sharing economy becomes more widely accepted, it opens the door for sharing services in new industries to take root and build reputable brands. Based on the principle of communal goods or services, companies will continue to help users solve common annoyances.

The On-Demand Economy and the Global Skills Gap

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 05.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Today, the majority of the world's population uses a cell phone. In addition, what is known as the "internet of things" is connecting us to our appliances, our cars, and our buildings through wireless artificial intelligence. This has major implications for our economy.

The Office-Sharing Effect

David Mandell | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
David Mandell

The static corporate real estate infrastructure has the capability to suffocate growing businesses. Last year, office rents in major markets skyrocketed to more than $62 per square foot in the Bay Area and more than $65 per square foot in Manhattan.

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.

How the Technology of the Collaborative Economy All Works Together

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

If you've used Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, oDesk, Kickstarter or Lending Club, you've participated in the Collaborative Economy, ever wondered what's powering it behind the shiny user interface on the app?

Can We Bend the Sharing Economy Toward Equity?

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

We've all heard the stories. Homeless Homejoy cleaners. Uber drivers on food stamps. Grad students Airbnb-ing their extra rooms in gentrifying neighborhoods to cover their own rent.