How to Save the Sharing Economy
Has the sharing economy lost sight of its core values? Co-operatives could be the way forward. The idea of a sharing economy has been one of the most hopeful and practical innovations to emerge from today’s world of digital technologies.
After all, we own more than ever before (products, tools, toys, gadgets, stuff…) but typically as private possessions, rather than on a shared basis. That leads to enormous waste: there are 38 million empty car seats on our roads every day. And of course, all the lawn mowers, washing machines, bread makers, and other possessions now lying idle in our homes required enormous amounts of energy to produce and bring to market.