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Collaborative Consumption

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?

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce and Democracy

Jules Peck | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Jules Peck

I've just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, 'prosumer' activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements.

How The Digital Realm Reinvented Cozy Heartwarming Kindness

Sophia Stuart | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophia Stuart

The Internet has made old-fashioned things possible on a global scale while making the world feel sort of cozy and nice. Which means the digital world just brought back kindness. And that's a very good thing.

Building a Better Economy Is a Shared Task

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Don't let its friendly moniker fool you: the sharing economy is serious business.

A Day in the Life of the Sharing Economy

David Mandell | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
David Mandell

We recently embarked on a project to elevate the awareness of the sharing economy and are proud to share a look into a Day in the Life of the Sharing Economy. This movement is not just a trend, it's a way of life.

Top 10 Trends to Emerge from SXSW 2014

Jonathan Hall | Posted 05.17.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Hall

Big brands need to gear up for the collaborative economy before it passes them by, and pay attention to four key shifts that will help them stay in touch.

Without This, a Shared Economy Is a Take Economy

Stephanie Michele | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

What is really at the heart of a shared economy? I find myself reflecting on this quite a bit after my friend, an advocate of the shared economy movement stayed with me for four days.

Castoffs and Catwalks: PeersSwaps Launches with New York Fashion Week

Margaret Ryan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Style
Margaret Ryan

I don't believe in fashion mistakes. I've always believed true style requires experimentation and a leap of faith. As a result of this philosophy, I h...

Collaborative Consumption: A Winning Model for the Future Economy

Christina Ward | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Christina Ward

The Collaborative Consumption panel at the Wharton Social Impact Conference showcased three innovative companies reinventing the business models for consumer product and service delivery.

The Collaborative Economy Eases Pains of SF Subway Strike

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 09.01.2013 | San Francisco
Jeremiah Owyang

Startups from the Collaborative Economy movement start to enable people to get shared and instant transportation from each other, and even shared places to work using social networking and mobile technologies.

A Future Where Everyone Is a Startup

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

Our economy is going through a structural change and the job market will never be the same. The most valuable skills of the future will be those that can't be outsourced automated. Everyone should view themselves as entrepreneurs.

WATCH: Brands in the Sharing Economy

Shawn Amos | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology
Shawn Amos

You didn't think brands were going to ignore a potential $110 billion marketplace, did you? Owing to concerns about the economy, limited space or the...

Eight Ways to Prevent Household Waste for Fun and Profit

Jacquelyn Ottman | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Jacquelyn Ottman

Ask a roomful of consumers, "Who here hates to see things go to waste?" and every hand will likely shoot up. But, if everyone hates to waste, then how come we generate so much of it? And what can we do to prevent waste from being created in the first place?

What Collaborative Consumption and the Sharing Economy Can Learn From Microfinance

April Rinne | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
April Rinne

At first glance, it may seem that microfinance and the Sharing Economy have little in common. However, this first impression is incomplete. Further investigation reveals a multitude of similarities key lessons that collaborative consumption could learn from microfinance.

From Crowdsourcing to Crowdstorming

Shaun Abrahamson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Technology
Shaun Abrahamson

Over the last decade, organizations like GE, P&G, DARPA and LEGO have pioneered working with crowds to brainstorm. And in recent years, startups like Quirky, Localmotors and Giffgaff have put "crowdstorming" at the core of their strategies to bring better products and services to market.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

2013 Living: Austerity With Double-Dip Frugality

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Money
Marian Salzman

Americans are deleveraging to reduce their debts to manageable levels. What will they do once they get debt to relatively manageable levels, predicted for around mid-2013?

A "Buy Nothing" Holiday Season? Why Collaborative Consumption Makes Sense This Year

Judith Samuelson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The belief that we can grow our way out of our economic woes through buying more stuff is DOA if you consider the effects on a groaning planet. It's time for some fresh ideas.

Sharing Economy Law: Outdated Rules Create Opportunity

April Rinne | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
April Rinne

Today presents an unparalleled opportunity for current and aspiring lawyers, policy makers, and engaged citizens to help redefine the enabling environment for the Sharing Economy and, in the process, to help rewrite the cultural narrative about what "the good life" means.

Making the Switch From Buyer to Borrower

Women & Co | Posted 09.17.2012 | Money
Women & Co

The concept of collaborative consumption really isn't new: libraries and community gardens have been around for years. What's different today is that social networks and the Web are facilitating the sharing of goods and services across geographies and time zones.

Second-Hand Clothing Gets a Second Life

Vivian Weng | Posted 09.09.2012 | Style
Vivian Weng

Over a dozen venture-backed peer-to-peer fashion marketplaces have launched in the last year. Re-commerce, it seems, is green in more ways than one.

The Evolution of Online Trust

Leah Busque | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Listening to problems, owning up to mistakes when necessary, responding at lightning speed, and diligently protecting user privacy are the cornerstones of trust-building customer service.

How the Sharing Economy Is Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Leah Busque | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Leah Busque

Collaborative places like San Francisco's Citizen Space, Chicago's COOP, or global options like Loosecubes have popped up, making it easy for startups (particularly tech, nonprofit, and creative ones) to get off the ground without breaking the bank.

How Technology Is Building A 'Sharing Economy'

Tim Hyer | Posted 05.20.2012 | Impact
Tim Hyer

Twelve years into a new millennium, hyper-consumption seems almost a 20th-century fad. The sharing economy, or Collaborative Consumption, is an emerging ecosystem of exchange where people maximize the efficiency of their resources.

How 'Collaborative Consumption' Is Transforming Startups

MIT Entrepreneurship Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
MIT Entrepreneurship Review

Collaborative consumption market places are everywhere: media, car rental, lodging, staffing, textbooks, apparel, custom graphic design and even finance.