Continued from previous page
“Fundamentally, we live on a planet with finite resources and we have a growing population, we are going to need to share to survive,” says Benita Matofska, Chief Sharer at the People Who Share. “The businesses and organisations of the future are those who build their models around the sharing of resources.”
“What differentiates the sharing economy from our current economic model,” Matofska says, “is that this new economy is built by, with and for people and planet. Fundamentally people unite around the idea that we have unlimited sharing potential and sharing is how we build strong, sustainable, happy connected communities.”
Unstash is a peer-to-peer platform for collaborative consumption that works to facilitate and enhance the sharing experience by making sharing fun, easy and social. The Toronto-based organization is “laser focused on the essence of sharing,” says Unstash co-founder Lon Wong. “We're not about connecting strangers to make a few dollars, and we're not even about swapping which can become dependent on a coincidence of wants. We exist to facilitate and enhance the sharing experience for community good.”
For Wong, sharing isn't merely about saving money, or living simply, or the environment, it's about our shared humanity. “The sharing of things can seem trivial,” he says. “But in my experience, sharing something even small and tangible can become a gateway towards the sharing of life in deep and meaningful ways.”
Let's Collaborate! is an event series developed to inspire and connect the collaborative consumption community in New York City.
“The purpose of Let’s Collaborate! is to gather entrepreneurs, academics, VCs, and people passionate about the sharing economy together over thought- provoking events,” says Melissa O’Young, founder of Let’s Collaborate!. “I believe that something magical happens when you put a group of passionate people in a room together. My goal,” she continues, “is to create a core community of sharing economy enthusiasts first, which will hopefully inspire them to infect the greater community towards more collaborative behaviors.”
The P2P Foundation is “an observatory of open, sharing, P2P and commons-oriented activities.” Playing host to numerous conferences and boasting 18,000 articles on the matter, the organization is a valuable hub of information for researchers and practitioners of the sharing economy.
“Different phenomena have led to a big underlying paradigm shift in favor of sharing,” says Michel Bauwens, one of the founders of the P2P Foundation. “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,” he continues. “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.”
Based in Germany, KoKonsum is an open network for people interested in the sharing economy. The organization seeks to give visibility to existing, as well as new, sharing economy startups, and initiatives that everybody can be part of.
“In my opinion, the sharing economy is going to be a major driver for a new kind of economy we are heading towards,” says Daniel Bartel, founder of KoKonsum. “Collaborative Consumption will disrupt many industries, help tackle environmental problems, empower people to fulfill their dreams and build a new sense of trust.”
He emphasizes the importance of trust and reputation in moving the sharing economy forward saying, “Only in trusted peer networks is it possible to carefully share ones things with others. This doesn’t mean that you need to know everyone personally, but it is important that you have a reputation of being trustworthy.”