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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.

The Inexorable Logic of the Sharing Economy

Michael Spence | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Michael Spence

MILAN -- The truth is that the Internet-led process of exploiting under-utilized resources - be they physical and financial capital or human capital and talent - is both unstoppable and accelerating. The long-term benefits consist not just in efficiency and productivity gains (large enough to show up in macro data), but also in much-needed new jobs requiring a broad range of skills. Indeed, those who fear the job-destroying and job-shifting power of automation should look upon the sharing economy and breathe a bit of a sigh of relief.

Unpaid Interns of the World, Unite! The U.N. and Work in the 21st Century

Omer Aziz | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Omer Aziz

In a world where 1.2 billion youth are unemployed across the world, wealth inequality is increasing and work itself has become a scarce opportunity. Payment for work has become a luxury; you can consider yourself lucky if you are able to sell your labor not for money, but for work experience.

How the Third Industrial Revolution Will Create a Green Economy

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Jeremy Rifkin

Here's how the rise of the "Internet of Things," the "Sharing Economy" and the "Zero Marginal Cost Society" can save the planet and create new jobs.

Is Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Telling Us the Truth About His Company?

Steven Hill | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The clear and simple truth is that Airbnb has drifted very far from its origins, and is no longer simply a platform of "regular people" hosts. It has morphed into a giant loophole for professional real estate operatives.

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

FOMIN | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

Any individual or company now has full access to information and global markets in real time. This has unleashed the power of people to share ideas, financing, and goods and service in a way that has changed forever how we communicate, interact, and exchange ideas and resources.

Report: The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy, 2015 Data on the Rise of Sharing

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

The collaborative economy is an economic movement where common technologies enable people to get the goods and services they need from each other, peer to peer, instead of buying from established corporations.

Six Lessons In Innovation From Cuban Entrepreneurs

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ricardo Herrero

As Cuban entrepreneurs start to enjoy greater access to the American private sector, they will undoubtedly gain an abundance of insights that will help their businesses scale and succeed.

The Independent Work Boom: Why it's Good for the U.S. Economy

Gene Zaino | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Gene Zaino

The future of work is already here, and the innovation and entrepreneurship it will unleash are unprecedented. Will the trend towards independence continue? All signs point to "yes."

10 Reasons Why Investors Love Shared Transportation

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

So why have VCs invested so much capital into the transportation space? There's at least ten reasons why this category is so attractive.

We Need to Make Demands From the On-Demand Economy

Mike Lux | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I want to stay at a place on my trips that has some health safety regulations they have to abide by; I want there to be an even playing field so that Uber and AirBnB have to live by the same rules that taxi companies and hotels do. If Uber drivers are full time, if AirBnB hosts are renting out apartments most of the time, they ought to be treated like employees and have their payroll taxes paid.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

How Big Is the Gig Economy?

Steven Hill | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Steven Hill

The gig economy is just one sub domain of what is happening more broadly to the workforce, including just-in-time scheduling and other disruptions to the labor markets, whether as a result of the gig economy, automation and robots, artificial intelligence and other factors.

Trailblazing Women: Alex Depledge, Founder & CEO of

Anne Ravanona | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

"It really shows you that you can do anything if you really put your mind to it. I don't think you can really experience great things in life until you hit rock bottom and have to pick yourself up again."