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Collaborative Consumption - The Sharing Culture

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012

With an economy in the most pronounced recession since the Great Depression, more people are reassessing the value of our consumer culture and scaling back on purchases. In response, many people are turning to collaborative consumption to save money and build community. Collaborative consumption is an economic model of sharing, swapping, bartering, renting or borrowing access to products as opposed to ownership. According to The Economist, collaborative consumption is a part of the “thought-provoking sector of 2012” and was identified by Time in 2010 as one of the 10 ideas that will change the world. The internet and social media communities are enabling market behavior to be reinvented in a way, and on a scale, not possible before their advent. The web has fueled large marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist, as well as people-centric marketplaces such as Tradepal and Taskrabbit, that help connect people with their neighbors for goods and services. There are also emerging sectors, such as social lending (Zopa), sharing residential property with travelers (CouchSurfing, Airbnb), and car sharing (Zipcar, Getaround, RelayRides). Come hear SPN panel experts discuss the implications of this significant social and economic trend and the challenges collaborative consumption faces as the market grows.

Sponsors: The Sustainabiity Practice Network & Green Spaces NYC

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Green Spaces - 394 Broadway, 5th floor (between Walker & White Street)

Invited Panelists: Anya Kamenetz - Fast Company; Bike Sharing: Paul Steely White - Transportation Alternatives; Skill Sharing: Michael Karnjanaprakorn (Skillshare); Caroline Woolard (Trade School); Tool Sharing: Ron J. Williams, - SnapGoods

RSVP: events@sustainabilitypractice.net


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