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A new approach to stuff, based on accessing, sharing, using and renting rather than owning things you rarely use
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How America's Startups Are Creating a Culture of Collaboration

How America's Startups Are Creating a Culture of Collaboration | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
We're learning to share. Well, at least our entrepreneurs are. It's called collaborative consumption, and more and more small businesses and entrepreneurs are using this concept to launch their companies.
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Shareable: Can I Trust You Really?: The Reputation Currency

Shareable: Can I Trust You Really?: The Reputation Currency | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

During the Age of Separation we shielded ourselves from strangers by reducing all access to goods and services to money. No personal economic relationships are important because we can always "pay someone else to do it" wrote Charles Eisenstein in the book Sacred Economics.

 

In contrast, the Age of Reunion that we are entering is all about sharing: sharing with friends, sharing with coworkers, sharing with neighbors, sharing with complete strangers, sharing for free, sharing with a payment, etc. but sharing is not without its risks as the Airbnb incidents exposed. Can I trust you?

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Shareable: Is The Sharing Economy Safe for Women?

Shareable: Is The Sharing Economy Safe for Women? | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

"As the sharing economy grows, we must increase our awareness of how different populations interact with this burgeoning economy. Women, taken as a whole, are likely to use and experience sharing services differently than men, given the unique economic and safety issues they face. For many women, the risks are much different than they are for men."

 

For me [Sharon] the biggest factor in choosing an Airbnb host was that lots of other people had stayed there before. Any other women find themselves taking extra precaution?

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Why Would Anyone Abandon the White Hot Subscription-Based Business Model? We Did. Here's Why.

Why Would Anyone Abandon the White Hot Subscription-Based Business Model? We Did. Here's Why. | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Good Karma Clothing for Kids dropped the subscription aspect of its "like-new" kids clothing service, and changed its name to Moxie Jean: better kids' consignment made easy. Here's the backstory, told by the founder (also the editor of this ScoopIt topic)

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In the box

In the box | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

"For time-starved customers, the new subscription services offer a convenient alternative to shopping while also sorting through the unending options that threaten to drive modern consumers insane." Features collaborative consumption startup Good Karma Clothing for Kids.

 

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Green fatigue

Green fatigue | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

As a collaborative consumption entrepreneur myself, this insight on how to market to consumers is extremely helpful:

'That is not to say people are not community-minded and they don't value the glow of being part of something meaningful, but the 'do the green thing' message is not always the best way to get people in.
''Cost, convenience and choice are still massive decision drivers.''
Consumers will adopt green behaviours when they can see their actions having an effect, sustainability experts say.

 

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The Rise Of The Micro-Entrepreneurship Economy

The Rise Of The Micro-Entrepreneurship Economy | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Are you making money renting your apartment on Airbnb? You’re a Micro-Entrepreneur. As more and more services let people monetize their own assets and knowledge, it’s creating a new sector of the economy.

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The Peer-2-Peer View on IT and the Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands

The Peer-2-Peer View on IT and the Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
How has information technology changed the potential of collaborative consumption and made it a viable platform for a business like Getaround?
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Share Or Die Storytelling Contest

Share Or Die Storytelling Contest | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Tell your story about sharing for a chance to be fetured in Shareable Magazine and win up to $1,000 in credit for your favorite sharing service.

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A Collaborative Consumption event in NYC June 4

A Collaborative Consumption event in NYC June 4 | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
LIGHT UP YOUR SHARING ECONOMY BUSINESS....
What one thing can flip the switch on the Sharing Economy, moving it from early adopters to a greater global audience? TRUST.
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The Swapaholics: Retail Therapy Meets Recycling!

The Swapaholics: Retail Therapy Meets Recycling! | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Great group making swapping hip. Critical for the mainstreaming of collaborative consumption!

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PiggyBee

PiggyBee | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Interesting take on collaborative consumption. Connects travelers to help you "get anything from anywhere, ship anything for free, freecycle..."

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Excelerate Labs Announces 2012 Class | Built In Chicago

Excelerate Labs Announces 2012 Class | Built In Chicago | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Collaborative Consumption Startup Good Karma Clothing for Kids is among the new portfolio companies. (Full disclosure, that's my company).

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TaskRabbit takes on another $13 million in funding as investors bet big on peer-to-peer marketplaces

TaskRabbit takes on another $13 million in funding as investors bet big on peer-to-peer marketplaces | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

A growing number of investors and entrepreneurs are betting that a new breed of Craigslist 2.0 startups will create a massive new market for people to buy and sell labor, skills, and time amongst themselves

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America's new business model: Sharing

America's new business model: Sharing | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Americans with heaps of stuff, skills and time are connecting online with tech-savvy and early adopters eager to share and rent homes, cars, tools and services in exchange for deep savings.

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TED Blog | Trusting in strangers: Rachel Botsman at TEDGlobal2012

TED Blog | Trusting in strangers: Rachel Botsman at TEDGlobal2012 | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

“If someone asked you for the three words that would sum up your reputation, what would you say?” Rachel Botsman asks us. “The answer to this question will become profoundly important in an age where reputation will become your most important asset.”

 

Read a summary of Rachel Botsman's TED talk for more. 

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Viral Philanthropy: The Impact of Crowdsourced Compassion

Viral Philanthropy: The Impact of Crowdsourced Compassion | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
Online crowdfunding for worthy causes has complemented traditional forms of fundraising, and may even replace them in the future.
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Trust and user experience - post by Rachel Botsman

Trust and user experience - post by Rachel Botsman | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

"Design and user experience are absolutely critical in building a successful and distinctive Collaborative Consumption platform and strong community of early-ambassadors, yet it is often overlooked in favour of optimum functionality or speed-to-market.

"Here are my key takeaways (and insights shared by Jonathan Simmons from www.publiczone.co.uk on the topic) in figuring out what users want, and designing the right experience around it."

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TechCrunch | Grubwithus Served $5M By GRP, Michel Daher To Take Its Social Dining Global

TechCrunch | Grubwithus Served $5M By GRP, Michel Daher To Take Its Social Dining Global | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Grubwithus, the social dining network and 2011 Y Combinator grad, announced today that it has secured $5 million in new funding to snack on, led by GRP Partners with contribution from Lebanese entrepreneur Michel Daher

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Collaborative Economy Coalition

Collaborative Economy Coalition | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

A coalition seeking to educate policy makers and help shape a fair regulatory environment for disruptive collaborative consumption businesses. 

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10 Cool Collaborative Consumption Startups

10 Cool Collaborative Consumption Startups | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
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Sharing and Caring – SpaceOut lets you rent out your extra storage space

Sharing and Caring – SpaceOut lets you rent out your extra storage space | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it

Russell was astounded by the cost of commercial storage space and so pondered the possibility of finding storage privately, perhaps a garage, spare bedroom or under a house. From his frustration a business was born.

In 2009, the pair, with one other partner, founded SpaceOut and currently have over 300 listings Australia wide.

 

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Reaching critical mass and scale - post from Rachel Botsman

Many Collaborative Consumption marketplaces depend on matching 'haves' with 'wants', whatever they maybe. So the first big issue to address is building a critical mass of inventory (users, products or services) on both the supply and demand sides of the equation. I am often asked, "Which side should I focus on first/most- supply or demand?" and 'How do I know when I have achieved the right level of critical mass for my marketplace to be effective?"

Here are some key learnings from successful two-sided marketplaces.

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Trusting and Being Trusted in the Sharing Economy - Forbes

Trusting and Being Trusted in the Sharing Economy - Forbes | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
  The terms “the sharing economy” and “collaborative consumption” are both used to describe a fascinating new economic and social phenomenon.  They refer to markets for the sharing of products and services between individuals.
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TROC-EXCHANGE | Common sense in Action! Change in action!

TROC-EXCHANGE | Common sense in Action! Change in action! | Collaborative Consumption Resources | Scoop.it
TROC-EXCHANGE.COM is a values-driven bartering website where we're changing how we swap goods & protect the planet. Troc-Exchange.com is a trading website dedicated to cutting waste while supporting environmental foundations.
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