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The Sharing Economy Is a Gateway Drug

David Mandell | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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.

WATCH LIVE: The Future Of Work In The Sharing Economy

Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Dec. 2 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. Many have touted the sharing economy’s benefits for consumers, including convenient and affordable s...

People Make The World Go Round: Standing Up for the Collaborative Economy With Joel Comm

Daniel Newman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Daniel Newman

For Joel Comm, the renowned author of Twitter Power and nearly a dozen other books, the idea of joining the sharing economy as an Uber driver seems exciting, spontaneous and perhaps even an adventure out of his comfort zone.

Weddings and the Sharing Economy

Marta Segal Block | Posted 01.19.2015 | Weddings
Marta Segal Block

Would you be willing to rent your wedding dress from a stranger? Would you consider using someone else's flowers for your centerpiece? Would you pay for your wedding photography with free legal advice?

Lydia O'Connor

Taxi Industry's Protest Against Ridesharing Apps Backfires

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business

San Francisco taxi drivers are done playing nice. For two hours on Monday night at San Francisco International Airport, cabbies with the San Franci...

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

The Right to Share (Rides, Rooms and More)

Hilary Gowins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Hilary Gowins

The benefits of the sharing economy are numerous, but they stem from the fact that these business models have evolved past a traditional middleman, meaning services and goods cost less for consumers, and providers can keep more profits.

Millennials Openly Defy the Obamacare Mandate

Brad Chase | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Brad Chase

Millennials are openly defying the government mandate and thumbing their noses at legislators who continue to ignore the issues critical to young Americans. They're fed up with government forcing them to pay for the poor financial decisions of previous generations.

3 Lessons on Financial Inclusion and the Sharing Economy

April Rinne | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
April Rinne

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

Is The Digital Economy Still A Capitalist Economy?

Don Tapscott | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Don Tapscott

Too bad the term "socialism" was appropriated by Karl Marx, because it would be an apt description of today's emerging social economy. The social media revolution is transforming the way we create wealth, work, learn, play, raise our children, and probably even the way we think.

How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Your Halloween Costume Search

John Rampton | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
John Rampton

The emergence of the online sharing economy is giving people still another costume option that a few years ago wasn't available.

Rethinking Cities as Sharing Platforms

April Rinne | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
April Rinne

I work in the 'sharing economy' from a unique vantage point: at the nexus of private, public and social sectors, advising governments, companies, impa...

How Regulators Are Clumsily Undermining Their Plan to Let Rideshare Companies Thrive

Mike Montgomery | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Just when I thought cooler heads had prevailed, all hell has broken loose in California's rideshare economy. Regulators gave the thumbs-up to companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar with one hand, and then used the other to layer on new rules.

36 Things You Can Share to Save Money

Max Levitte | Posted 11.19.2014 | Money
Max Levitte

Does every family on the block need their very own snow blower? Surely your babysitter could watch someone else's child at the same time. And do you really need to own a power drill or just use one every so often?

Airbnb Under Fire From New 'Share Better' Campaign

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology

The battle over the so-called sharing economy is heating up as New Yorkers question the impact of home-sharing sites like Airbnb. A campaign called...

The Downside to Lower Labor Costs in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Conway | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Maureen Conway

In this country, we believe in the value of work. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor.

Startups Like Uber and Airbnb Will Continue To Disrupt Jobs. Here's What We Can Do About It

Wingham Rowan | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Wingham Rowan

The platform, called CEDAH (Central Database of Available Hours), allows anyone to list precise times when they, or a resource they own, is available for hire.

Taking Rides With Strangers

Steven Strogatz | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Steven Strogatz

Imagine how much money could be saved, and how much traffic and pollution could be reduced, if people shared taxis with strangers.