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How the Sharing and Collaborative Economy Is impacting the Energy Sector

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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.

Cutting the Mesh

Joe Singh | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Joe Singh

It's an increasingly inescapable truth that no industry, no technology, and no way of doing things is safe from startups. We saw it with music distribution, then film distribution, and now we're seeing it with hiring cars, renting a place to stay, and grocery shopping.

Grab Your Traveling Spoon and Get a Taste of Local Culture

Mimsie Ladner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Travel
Mimsie Ladner

Some of the best memories of my travels involve sharing a meal with the local people. From slurping up chanko at a sumo wrestling championship with a ...

2015 Will Be the Year of the Services Marketplace, But Only if the Price is Right

Alex Moazed | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Alex Moazed

Service marketplaces are aggregating consumer demand through mobile apps (and some websites) and fulfilling that demand through offline services.

Hot and on Demand Parking Service ZIRX CEO Sean Behr Shares His 15 Year Entrepreneurship Journey

David Ongchoco | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

The sharing economy is on the rise. We've seen a big shift in the markets of public transportation and accommodation because of the likes of Uber and Airbnb respectively.

How to Design a Sharing Market (Hint: Empathy Matters)

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick raises an important issue. Most people think that the sharing economy is all about convenience and the power of networked technology. But the biggest risk for sharing companies does not emanate from technology but from a failure to manage social expectations around it.

Joseph Erbentraut

Here's What The People Delivering Your Instacart Groceries Really Think | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business

In today's app economy, part-time work just isn't what it used to be.

The Share-the-Scraps Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The euphemism is the "share" economy. A more accurate term would be the "share-the-scraps" economy. New software technologies are allowing almost any job to be divided up into discrete tasks that can be parceled out to workers when they're needed, with pay determined by demand for that particular job at that particular moment.

The Sharing Economy Is a Gateway Drug

David Mandell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
David Mandell

Those who have challenged this in the past instigated social progress, political recourse and cultural revolutions -- all phenomenons rooted in change, outlined to disrupt the norm and drenched in risk -- risk we can't afford to take.

How The Uber Economy Can Become A Race To The Bottom

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business

Growth in on-demand services helps customers improve their lives by finding somebody else to clear out the garage, put up the shelves or run errands. ...

How the Future of Work May Make Many of Us Happier

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Anne-Marie Slaughter

The 'care economy' allows people time to both make a living and do what they most care about.

10 Consumer Trends and Implications for Marketing Practice in 2015

Jenny Darroch | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Jenny Darroch

As a marketing professor and therefore an active researcher, I pay close attention to changes in consumption and how these changes might impact marketing strategy. Below, I outline ten observations related to consumer trends and offer questions for you to contemplate as you fine-tune your marketing strategies for 2015.

New Year's Resolutions: 10 Ways to Combat Upward Redistribution of Income

Dean Baker | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Here are 10 ways in which we should be looking to change the structure of the market in 2015 so that all the money doesn't flow to the 1 percent. This list should provide a useful set of market-friendly policies that will lead to both more equality and more growth.

Hey Cabbies, Apps Are Cheap!

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Technology
Daniel Ben-Horin

All the recent Uber crap just seemed to underlie an ineluctable point: Behind every prosperous sharing economy company, sits a smart capitalist maximizing profits.

Uber's 'Winner-Takes-All' Attitude Spells More Trouble Ahead

Reuters | Sarah McBride | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows h...

The Best Is Yet To Come: Tech Leaders Predict What's Coming Next

Grace Nasri | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Grace Nasri

As we begin to wind down the year, many executives within the tech industry are looking ahead to 2015 and evolving strategies based on expectations of what's coming next.