Three articles on the sharing economy

Before the Easter holidays, Oksana Mont posted an introductory text on why Sweden might be fertile ground for what is called “collaborative consumption” (read her article here). The article generated quite some buzz and on Twitter people posted links to articles on the same topic. These are a few of the examples people posted.

Have you stumbled upon any interesting articles in this field? Please share the links in the comments!

The Sharing Economy (fastcompany.com)
Danielle Sacks tells the story of a man who shares a nanny with his neighbor, shares his money through the Lending Club and his car through City CarShare:

Thanks to the social web, you can now share anything with anyone anywhere in the world. Is this the end of hyperconsumption?

Read the full article here and thanks to @j_camachor for sharing the link.

The Emerging, Collaborative Economy (smartmobs.com)
Stephanie Gerson reports from the PSFK Conference held in New York in April, 2011:

A collaborative economy is emerging. […] This is a different kind of economic system that is being born of our current one. This system will initially exist in opposition to the current one but I think, with some creative destruction, will ultimately co-evolve into a new, more collaborative economy. How meaningful that yet again we have unknowingly and unintentionally sewn the seeds for progressive transformation.

Read the full article here and thanks to @j_camachor and @hrheingold for sharing the link.

The Enabling City: Creative Examples of Cities Sharing Resources (CoLabRadio.mit.edu)
Chiara Camponeschi writes that urban centers are a perfect example of resource sharing and introduces the concept of The Enabling City:

This series, The Enabling City, describes different aspects of a city that allows for greater citizen participation and collaboration. Embedded in the idea of enabling cities is a participatory process that changes the way we think about the commons and the value of the public realm. If in the past we tended to see cities as dirty, intimidating and isolating places, today they have become centers for community innovation and the starting point for shifting the emphasis away from profit and private property to a renewed idea of well-being.

Read the full article here and thanks to @enablingcity and @MITcoLab for sharing the link.

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