This is a new section to encourage the sharing of resources and the creation of Use Communities.
Please read: Tom Atlee on the New Sharing Economy
Our favourite group: Ouishare
- For general info, see also Collaborative Consumption
- In this article on Use Communities, Alex Steffen argues that sharing infrastructures are vital for sustainability
- A Typology of Sharing Practices: Business to Consumer Sharing, Consumer to Consumer Sharing, and Business to Business Sharing
- The three major categories of sharing, according to Rachel Botsman in her book on the Rise of Collaborative Consumption:
- Product Service Systems like Bikesharing and Carsharing, based on a ‘usage mindset’ whereby you pay for the benefit of a product – what it does for you - without needing to own the product outright.
- Redistribution Markets like Freecycle and eBay, used or pre-owned goods are redistributed from where they are not needed to somewhere or someone where they are
- Collaborative Lifestyles like Couchsurfing, and the Lending Club: sharing and exchange of resources and assets such as time, food, space, skills, and money
For a more radical approach that involves stronger elements of communal living, see the work of A. Allen Butcher on Communal Economics, and his useful typology of Production Sharing and Communal Distribution.
Policy and other recommendations:
- Policy Ideas for Shareable Urban Housing, from SELC, USA
- Policies for a Shareable City: the series initiated by Neal Gorenflo of Shareable magazine will cover 20 policy areas to inspire discussion among citizens and city leaders.
- Sharing businesses, especially the peer-to-peer flavor, have unique legal and liability issues. They may violate zoning, health, safety, or insurance laws. If in doubt, and you live in the U.S., check with Janelle Orsi, the sharing lawyer, or the Sustainable Economies Law Center.
Related Wiki sections
- Material on "Participation", http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Participation
- Cooperation and cooperatives, http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Cooperation ; http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Cooperatives
- Material on "Facilitation", http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Facilitation
- Material on "Collective Intelligence", http://p2pfoundation.net/Category:Intelligence
Engineering Abundance by Sharing Surplus
"Not everyone has a large house to trade or a large sum of money to donate but look around you -- we have excess of stuff, talent, ideas, information--in our homes , in our communities, and in our organizations. We are over-producing and under-utilizing resources all over the place. Witness the recent example of clothing retailers like H&M deliberately mutilating and tossing unsold clothes in the trash. Many experts in retail concede that the practice is not uncommon--for some unfathomable "economic" reason it makes more sense to destroy clothes than to release them into a local community. The situation is even worse when it comes to food. We over-produce and waste a lot of it. According to the USDA, just over a quarter of America's food -- about 25.9 million tons -- gets thrown into the garbage can every year. University of Arizona estimates that the number is closer to 50 percent. The country's supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores alone throw out 27 million tons between them every year (representing $30 billion of wasted food). This is why the U.N. World Food Program says the total food surplus of the U.S. alone could satisfy "every empty stomach" in Africa. How about empty stomachs in our own communities? The list goes on an on. We have surplus of space--many commercial buildings, schools, corporate and government spaces are underutilized, while many small organizations and individuals are struggling to find spaces for their work. We also have excess of talent--musicians, artists, designers, educated unemployed people, young and old--needing audiences, venues to work in, or contribute ideas to." (http://boingboing.net/2010/02/08/marina-gorbis-crowds.html)
Michel Bauwens on the Importance of Transaction Costs
“Different phenomena have led to a big underlying paradigm shift in favor of sharing. Networked internets have dramatically decreased the coordination and transaction costs, making access to shared resources often cheaper than ownership of an individual resource. You keep all the advantages but at dramatically lower cost. This changes the perspective from individual scarcity-driven behaviour (I buy this because I may need it), to abundance-driven behaviour in which there is a confidence that access to a resource will be possible without owning it.” (http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-rise-of-the-sharing-communities)
Rachel Botsman, author of the book, What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, expects the consumer peer-to-peer rental market to become a $26 billion industry." (http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/arabic/article.cfm?articleid=2714)
"Uniiverse has collated some startling figures detailing the opportunity space of ‘idlesourcing’:
- There are one billion cars on the road, 740 million of them carrying only one person, and 470m would be willing to carpool.
- There are 460 million homes in the developed world, with on average $3,000 worth of unused items available; and 69% of households would share these items if they could earn some money from it
- 300 million people in the developed world spend more than 20% of their waking hours alone and are looking for connection
- of the 2 billion internet-connected people in the world, 78% declare that their online experience has made them more amenable to sharing in the ‘real world’ (this conversion from online to offline sharing behaviour is confirmed by the Latitude Research survey). 80% of the 7 billion people on the planet today would declare that sharing makes them more happy. This means 5.7b people would be ready for a sharing economy."
See also the video: The Social Basis for a Sharing Economy
Careful, read also this:
- [https://kippt.com/kusti/sharing-economy-startups-that-have-failed-or- Sharing economy startups that have failed or pivoted)
There is no such thing as a sharing economy
"This is a dumb term and it deserves to die.
It started, as best I can tell, with Zipcar which predates most of these companies and from the get-go described its product as "car sharing." The main problem with that description is that it wasn't car sharing. Zipcar was not and is not a service that facilitates the formation of automobile co-ops in which multiple households combine to collectively own and share a fleet of vehicles. That would be an interesting idea for a business, but it's not Zipcar's business. The way Zipcar's business works is that a firm owns a fleet of vehicles and then offers them as short-term rentals to its customers. They made up the word "car sharing" because the rental car business was well-established already and Zipcar wanted to rent cars in a different kind of way, so they needed a way to signal to people that it wasn't a head-to-head competitor with Hertz.
But of course things metastasized. So when cities started creating municipally chartered short-term bicycle rental entities, those were known as "bike sharing." Things really got nasty when AirBNB launched a short-term rental platform for residential housing, because both the housing and hotel sectors are heavily regulated and taxed in different kinds of ways. Wouldn't it be better to just say we're sharing rather than running a hotel? Tom Friedman's latest sharing economy column is about a website that seems to be a platform for selling used clothing.
These are mostly great businesses. The sale of used durable goods has always played a role in the economy, and insofar as the Internet lower search and transaction costs its role will grow. For rentals I think the case is even stronger. Traditionally, in order to make renting viable the goods-available-for-rent had to be stockpiled in huge centralized depots that were easily discoverable. Thanks to digitial technology, it's now feasible to do what Zipcar does and disperse the cars throughout the city. Since the cars are dispersed, they're more convenient. But none of this is sharing." (http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/12/26/myth_of_the_sharing_economy_there_s_no_such_thing.html)
- The Mesh Business directory: "Mesh businesses leverage data and social networks to enable people to share goods and services efficiently and conveniently/ There are already thousands of these businesses—in transportation, fashion, food, real estate, travel, finance, entertainment and many other categories." 
- Key examples compiled by Rachel Botsman and her team:
- Product Service Systems: Pay for the benefit of using a product without needing to own the product outright. Disrupting traditional industries based on models of individual private ownership.
- Redistribution Markets: Redistribute used or pre-owned goods from where they are not needed to somewhere or someone where they are.
- Collaborative Lifestyles: It’s not just physical goods that can be shared, swapped, and bartered. People with similar interests are banding together to share and exchange less tangible assets such as time, space, skills, and money.
See the following compilations on our wiki:
- Global Resource Exchange Groups and Localized Exchange Communities
- Peer to Peer Exchanges and P2P Exchange Infrastructure Projects
- Low Cost Groups
Lisa Gansky's directory entries in the Mesh:
- accessories & gifts http://meshing.it/categories/1-accessories-gifts
- books & writing , http://meshing.it/categories/2-books-writing
- business & innovation , http://meshing.it/categories/3-business-innovation (Book Commons
- careers, jobs & vocation , http://meshing.it/categories/4-careers-jobs-vocations
- creativity, media & the arts , http://meshing.it/categories/7-creativity-media-the-arts
- diy , http://meshing.it/categories/8-diy
- education , http://meshing.it/categories/9-education
- energy , http://meshing.it/categories/10-energy Sharing Energy
- entertainment , http://meshing.it/categories/23-entertainment
- farming & gardening , http://meshing.it/categories/14-farming-gardening
- fashion & clothing , http://meshing.it/categories/11-fashion-clothing
- finance & economics , http://meshing.it/categories/12-finance-economics
- food & drink , http://meshing.it/categories/13-food-drink
- government , http://meshing.it/categories/6-government
- health & fitness , http://meshing.it/categories/15-health-fitness
- home improvement , http://meshing.it/categories/18-home-improvement
- kids' stuff , http://meshing.it/categories/20-kids-stuff
- marketing services , http://meshing.it/categories/21-marketing-services
- mobility , http://meshing.it/categories/28-mobility
- natural resources & environment , http://meshing.it/categories/24-natural-resources-environment
- real estate , http://meshing.it/categories/25-real-estate
- seasonal & holidays , http://meshing.it/categories/26-seasonal-holidays
- technology & data , http://meshing.it/categories/27-technology-data
- travel , http://meshing.it/categories/29-travel
- upcycling & recycling , http://meshing.it/categories/30-upcycling-recycling
- Getaround (getaround.com). Getaround, started in 2009, bases its business model on the fact that cars are idle 92 percent of the time.
- RelayRides : p2p carsharing
- Weeels, to transform traditional taxis (and any private car) into nodes in networked “social transit” systems, starting with a free smartphone app.
- Go Car Share a market place for empty car seats, a ‘social’ journey sharing website that is built around Facebook. We help people share car journeys
- Park At My House , aims to provide a convenient and cheaper parking alternative
- Bike shares, like car shares, are growing in popularity, with Denver B-cycle one of the programs leading the way. It has 52 stations around the city for pickup and drop-off. A day pass is $6. Similar city programs are coming soon to the Bay Area and possibly L.A. County. denver.bcycle.com
Neighbors Goods Commons
- Hey, Neighbor! (heyneighbor.com). This social network is bringing back the old-fashioned spirit of lending for free the stuff gathering dust in your garage. You can also swap favors, like watering plants while on vacation.
- NeighborGoods : what can I share with my neighbors
- Rentoid: a market place where people can rent things to and from each other using the internet
- Frents , a social network for things. Members display personal belongings on virtual shelves and define how they are can be shared, either with a circle of friends or the local community
- SnapGoods , aims to… make borrowing, renting, and trying a standard consumer option and practice.
- Rentcycle , platform/portal for renting, connecting consumers to rental businesses
- Bid and Borrow , a website that promotes sustainable re-use through the sharing of existing resources.
Sharing Skills and Services
- Task Rabbit, seeking paid help from neighbors
- Skillshare, a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone, using its own accreditation system
Art and Culture
- Studio Share aims to… dramatically lower the cost of a photo shoot or audio production by making community-owned photo and audio rentals as easy as possible.
- Airbnb (airbnb.com). Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb lets people with space connect to those who are looking for it. The company handles all transactions, and charges hosts 3 percent of each accepted reservation. Guests pay a 6 to 12 percent booking fee.
- Crashpadder, an accommodation network that enables guests to save, hosts to earn and everyone to make new friends.
- Experiences with strangers. If you love sailing and own a sailboat but are feeling pinched financially or miss sailing with others, you could offer an “experience” for sale via Vayable. You set the price. S.F. and L.A. only for now; vayable.com
- Loosecubes: Offices put empty cubes up on Loosecubes so the cubeless can rent the workspaces on an as-needed basis. Find empty spaces at 200 locations in the West.
- Crushpad (crushpadwine.com). The perfect solution for enophiles who crave the experience of making their own wine, but can’t afford to spring for their own vineyard.
- Eggs. Eggzy connects people who want fresh eggs but don’t have backyard chickens to locals who do. Punch in your zip code to find nearby eggs, then pick them up. Available in many cities; eggzy.net
- A cider press. Millers’ Equipment & Rent-All stocks equipment that people in the community can rent for a day or a week at a time. A cider press costs $60 per day or $180 per week in the Seattle area. millersrentall.com
- Buy a share in a pig from a farmer who can house, feed, and send the animal to slaughter. You get part of the meat. Shares sell out quickly and are distant cousins of community-supported agriculture, where members share a yield from the farm for a fee. rootdownfarm.net
Sharing Cities and Regions
- Sharing City Seoul
- Homegrown Minneapolis Commons-Based Food Policy Blueprint ; Neighborhood Revitalization Program - Minneapolis
- Naples' Italy: Assessor of the Commons
- Open Commons Region Linz
- San Francisco Sharing Economy Working Group
- Shareable magazine aims to be the voice of the new sharing culture
- Book by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers: What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
- Top Twitterfeeds to monitor the sharing economy
- The Sharing Authority offers a technology base for sharing platforms and businesses
- Interviews with Pioneers of Sharing Exchanges
- Innovation in Collaborative Consumption, monitor innovative initiatives here
- How To Share Guides
- l'économie de fonctionnalité ou économie de l'usage, http://economiedefonctionnalite.fr/
- Cheyenna Weber: Moving from a Sharing Economy to a Solidarity Economy
- Popular intro by Fast Company magazine with profiles of pioneers 
- Janelle Orsi: Four Degrees of Sharing
- Trebor Scholz on Extreme Sharing Networks
- Products designed for sharing; BMW DriveNow ; EDAG Light Car Sharing Concept ; Think City ; Sobi Social Bicycle System
- How the Law Is Used To Stifle the Sharing Economy. Chris Laroche.
- The Political Economy of Sharing. By Adam Parsons.
How-to articles from Shareable magazines :
See: How To Share Guides
- http://shareable.net/blog/how-to-stop-foreclosure-through-homesharing and http://shareable.net/blog/how-to-share-a-house-a-case-study
The classics on the emergence of Collaborative Consumption:
- The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing Lisa Gansky. Portfolio / Penguin Group, FALL 2010
- What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers (Fall, HarperCollins), 2010
- Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy: Helping People Build Cooperatives, Social Enterprise and Local Sustainable Economies, by Janelle Orsi (American Bar Association):
“ As the sharing economy continues to grow and move into the mainstream, it is butting up against laws and regulations that are outdated, but nonetheless in place. With her book, Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy, “sharing lawyer” Janelle Orsi addresses the legal challenges that are emerging, offering guidance on drafting agreements, structuring entities, employment regulations, intellectual property and more.” (http://www.shareable.net/blog/top-10-new-books-about-the-sharing-economy)
- Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis, edited by Malcolm Harris and Neal Gorenflo (New Society Publishers):
“ A “collection of messages from the front lines,” Share or Die gives voice to the young people that are working, in a world facing vast economic and environmental issues, to create a new economic order with sharing at its core. Edited by Shareable publisher Neal Gorenflo and Shareable contributor Malcolm Harris, the book is a glimpse into a re-envisioned, shareable future.” (http://www.shareable.net/blog/top-10-new-books-about-the-sharing-economy)
- Networked: The New Social Operating System, by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman (MIT Press):
“A study of our “perpetual connectedness,” Networked illustrates, through extensive evidence, that far from isolating us, the new social operating system liberates us from restrictive groups and challenges us to develop better networking skills. Doing so, Rainie and Wellman argue, leads to expanded opportunities for learning, problem solving and personal.” (http://www.shareable.net/blog/top-10-new-books-about-the-sharing-economy)
Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution,by Marjorie Kelly (Berrett-Koehler): “ Our current economic arrangement of maximizing profit for a few while income disparity grows wider every day is the root of much injustice and many communities around the world are creating alternative economic models. Reporting from a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, an employee-owned department store in London, a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts and more, Kelly explores what makes these designs work and why they may hold a key to a more just future.” (http://www.shareable.net/blog/top-10-new-books-about-the-sharing-economy)
- Collaborative Chats, San Francisco, USA
- Let’s Collaborate, NYC
- Share Exchange, Santa Rosa, USA
- Share Tompkins, Ithaca, NY
- Shared Squared, NYC
- Sharers of San Francisco
- Rachel Botsman on What's Mine is Yours  ; Rachel Botsman on Collaborative Consumption (TedX Sydney)
- The Collaborative Consumption Groundswell Video ;  answers the question: What is the current size of the sharing economy?
- Lisa Gansky on the Shift to the Sharing Economy: = Lisa Gansky, author of The Mesh, "expresses the shift to a sharing economy in a very elegant way. 
- The Commons Video replaces the Story of Stuff with the Story of Sharing! 
- What are the Commons, "does a good job of defining the commons and explaining why they're essential, whether digital or physical". 
Research on the Sharing Economy
Original compilation of collaborative consumption research by Juho Makkonen of Ouishare Europe.
- The great sharing economy - A report into sharing across the UK - Rachel Griffiths (2011); http://www.facebook.com/download/318101151610222/Sharing.pdf
- Thesis about collaborative consumption - Melissa O'Young (2012); http://eco-musings.tumblr.com/post/11675575376/collaborativeconsumption (summary); Request full thesis to melissa_oyoung AT hotmail.com
- Latitude Research & Shareable Magazine: The New Sharing Economy (2011) http://latdsurvey.net/pdf/Sharing.pdf
- A study by Carbon Research on the sharing economy movement (2012?) http://www.campbell-mithun.com/678_national-study-quantifies-reality-of-the-sharing-economy-movement
- Collaborative Services: Communities Innovating Towards Sustainability (2010) http://www.bth.se/fou/cuppsats.nsf/all/729827250862f360c1257746007a5e39/$file/Collaborative%20Services-Communities%20Innovating%20towards%20Sust….pdf
- Thesis about P2P carsharing - Aaron Lewis & Mark Simmons (2012); http://p2pcarsharing.us.com/
- Thesis on P2P carsharing - Jessica Abad Kelly (2011); Contact http://about.me/jabadkelly for thesis access
- Kassi- everyday favors in Social Media (2009) http://www.docstoc.com/docs/15267693/Kassi-Everyday-Favors-in-Social-Media
- Why People Want to be Micro-Entrepreneurs (Fivver study revealing Independance) http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680092/why-people-want-to-be-micro-entrepreneurs
- Thesis on trust - Francesca Pick (2012); http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-trust-is-built-in-peer-to-peer-marketplaces (summary); Request full thesis to http://facebook.com/francesca.pick
- Two dimensions of reputation: designing a trust-and-recognition-enhancing reputation system for an online community http://sizzlelab.org/sites/all/files/two_dimensions_of_reputation.pdf (Juho Makkonen, 2010 - Master's thesis, Aalto University - also explore online communities not related to sharing economy, but the main case example is kassi/sharetribe)
Rachel Botsman's Structure of the Sharing Economy
- Big Market Places ( craigslist , ebay , gumtree )
- Free / Gift Exchanges ( freecycle , giftflow , freally , exchango )
- Swap sites for books ( paperbackswap , bookmooch )
- Swapsites for baby goods and toys ( toyswap , thredyp , swapitbaby , tauschteddy )
- Clothing Swaps ( swapstyme , the clothing exchange , 99 dresses , poshmark )
- Swap sites for media ( dvd's , books , games ) ( swap , dig n'swap , netcycler , swapsity )
- Neighborhood Marketplaces ( zaarly , garage sale trail )
Assets and Services :
- Car sharing ( zipcar , goget , whizzcar , autoshare , stattauto , autolibre )
- Car Sharing ( big automobile brands ) ( bwn drivenow , volkswagen quicqr , Peugeot MU , Daimler Car2Go )
- Peer to Peer Car Sharing ( Whipcar , relayrised , drivemy car rentals , getarand , tamyca )
- Bike Sharing ( Velib , Bixi , Barclays Cycle Hire , B-Cycle , Call-A-Bike , Cyclocity )
- Ride Sharing ( Zimride , Nuride , Liftshare , Jayride , Gocarshare , Carpooling )
- Solarpower ( Solarcity , Solar Century , Pretasol , One Block Off the Grid )
- Toy Rental ( Babyplays , Rent-a-Toy )
- Textbook Rental ( Chegg , Campusbookrentals , Zookal , Bookrenter )
- Art Rental ( Art.sy , Artiscle , Turningart )
- Fashionrental ( Bag Borrow or Steal , Fashion Hier , Dress Vault , Rent the Runway )
- Movies ( Netflix , Quickflix , Lovefilm )
- General Online Rental ( Getable , Anyhire , Snapgoods , Neighborgoods , Dogvacay )
- Peer-to-Peer Rental ( Zilok , Rentoid , Ecomodo , Hire Things , Rentstuff )
- Neighborhood Rental ( Share Some Sugar , Neighbor Row , The Sharehood , Frents )
- Storage Networks ( Storepod , Sharemystorage , Spaceout
- Social Food Networks ( Gobble , Grubwithus , Eatwithme , wok+wine )
- Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing ( Tamyca , Buzzcar , Nachbarschaftsauto , autonetzer , snappcar )
- Errand and Task Networks ( Zaarly , Airrun , Mytaskanger , Gigwalk , Airtasker , Taskrunner )
- Neighborhood Support ( Neighborhoodgoods, Share some sugar , Streetbank , Toolzdo )
- Parkingspots ( Parkatmyhouse , Parkmcirca , Parkonmydrive )
- Sharedstudios / Workshops ( 3rd space studios , Techshop )
- Skill Sharing ( Brooklyn Skill Share , Tradeschool , Skillshare , Weteachme )
- Gardens ( Urbangardenshare , landshare , yardshare )
- Crowdfunding ( Startsomegood , Pozible , Crowdcube , Catarse )
- Bartering ( Ourgoods , Itex , Bartercard , Tourboarding )
- Taxi Sharing ( Taxi2 , Taxistop , Weeels )
- Peer-to-Peer Travel ( Airbnb , Roomoroama , One Fine Stay , Bed and Fed , 9 Flats )
- Social Currencies ( Ven , The Liquidity Network , Time Banks , Letsystems )
- Social Lending ( Zopa , Prosper , The Lending Club )
- Co-working Space Finders ( desknearme , deskwanted , opendesks , desksurfing )
- Co-working Spaces ( networkcity , studiomates , beesoffice , coloft )
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