Sharing has three common consequences that are particularly environmentally friendly:
- Better use of resources
- Less space required
- High standards of maintenance
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own the yacht, villa or classic car you have always wanted but without having to fork out the entire cost?
Many people dream about owning a boat on the South coast, having a sports car convertible, owning a holiday home in the Mediterranean or a beach hut in sleepy Norfolk, but for many these luxury assets are just a pipe dream.
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As people seek ways of working smarter, redressing their work-life balance, reducing travel time, or making time to sail, fly or travel, they often have to overcome hurdles to achieve their life choices. One common hurdle is cost, and sharing can be a great way of reducing costs, particularly with assets that would not be used all of the time.
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Rob Hopkins has written several books about transition towns and how to start, the latest is The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times . I’m waiting for my copy to arrive, I’ll review it here in a week or two.
Interesting interview of Lauren Anderson, Innovation Director at Collaborative Consumption, a hub dedicated to swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting, by Andrew Keen of TechCrunch, a high tech magazine website, as she explains why collaborative consumption could be as significant as the Industrial Revolution.
|I’m developing a list of all the websites related to sharing I know about on yours2share’s Facebook page. As you’ll see sharing and collaboration take many forms including:
This is a work in progress. If you know of a service that isn’t mentioned, please let me know.
I’ve just finished reading “What’s Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live” by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. It’s thought-provoking and highly readable. Many of its peers are the former, but rarely the latter, and for this reason I’ll admit that I was putting off reading it, even though it’s a must-read for me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read it cover to cover in a day: couldn’t put it down.
What distinguishes it from so many earnest tomes telling us to reduce waste, reduce consumption, be good and wear a hairshirt, is that it understands that this revolution has to be lead by consumer demand and great design, and that excellent profits are there to be made by companies who understand this. Given the enormity of the issues facing our planet, it is also hugely optimistic.
It lays out the context for the need for change: why we’re in this un-sustainable mess and why it doesn’t need to be this way. Then it leads you through the major ways we can reduce consumption:
I found the sections on trust particularly useful and I’m waiting to see the first reputation platform emerge, bringing together our reputations on ebay, zopa, couchsurfing, relayrides etc. Ironically the only area of sharing that wasn’t really covered was the creation of private syndicates and sharing of large assets between small groups of private individuals similar to the sharing enabled by yours2share.
If you want to do your bit for the planet, understand the part that a large chunk of the internet plays in this, or find out where your company should be heading, it’s well worth reading.
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