Today people share rides and lend apartments and homes, resell clothes, exchange talent, work on separate projects in joint spaces, barter, borrow, give, collaborate.
A sharing economy is one in which underutilised assets are shared, monetised or not, in ways that improve efficiency, sustainability and community. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/when-is-sharing-not-really-sharing/
Revolutionary but not new; communities have done it for millennia. The difference now: the internet. Connections have become easier.
It started in 1989 when a man called Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web to share information over the internet. In 1995: ebay. Peer-to-peer buying and selling. 1999: Napster: file-sharing. 2000: Zipcar: car-sharing, and then…
MySpace to Facebook, the iPhone, Netflix, Spotify, Pandora, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, HomeAway, Poshmark, Freelance.com, Nanny Lane, and others.
Two remarkable premises of the sharing economy:
- Communities are built on trust and exchanges, based on human relationships.
- The companies making these interactions possible are facilitators, not service providers; their role is to make the transactions easy and safe between users and providers.