Author(s): Rachel Botsman; Roo Rogers; Gillian Blake
The recent changes in our economic landscape have only exposed and intensified a phenomenon: an explosion in sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping. From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist to emerging sectors such as peer-to-peer lending (Zopa), "swap trading" (Swaptree), and car sharing (Zipcar), Collaborative Consumption is disrupting outdated modes of business and reinventing not only what we consume but how we consume.While ranging enormously in scale and purpose, these companies and organizations are redefining how goods and services are exchanged, valued, and created-in areas as diverse as finance and travel, agriculture and technology, and education and retail. Traveling among global entrepreneurs and revolutionaries and exploring rising ventures as well as established companies adapting to these opportunities, authors Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers outline in bold and imaginative ways how Collaborative Consumption may very well change the world.Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration will enjoy this smart, timely book.
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"Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What's Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out. Anyone interested in the emerging economics and culture of collaboration will want to read this profoundly hopeful book."----Steven Johnson, author of "The Invention of Air" and "The Ghost Map"