Until recently, sharing and collaborative production and consumption was associated with the sharing of intangibles such as information, knowledge or cultural products in online spaces. But this has shifted to the sharing of tangible resources and goods such as cars, houses, land and food.
Some argue that sharing on a large scale sees the resurgence of non-market exchange-systems such as those associated with gift economies or with barter. Others describe the emergence of hybrid ‘sharing economies’ that combine attributes of the gift with commercial forms of exchange.
But what exactly are we talking about when we talk about ‘sharing’ or the ‘sharing economy’? What kinds of relationships constitute sharing and who really benefits from the new forms of collaborative consumption? Is the sharing economy just another form of extractive capitalism? In light of these questions and conflicts, what kinds of platforms, licenses and social structures can support the future of sharing? Through a range of examples from shareable cities, shared networks and sharing resources, the panel explores the conflictive spaces of the sharing economy and describes ways of developing more robust and sustainable sharing economies that benefit resource owners and communities. With Kevin Flanagan, Rachel O’Dwyer, Chelsea Rustrum and Benjamin Tincq. Moderated by Patrick Bresnihan.
Chelsea Rustrum: It’s a Shareable Life
Benjamin Tincq: Collaborative Cities: Platforms for the Peer-to-Peer Movement
Rachel O’Dwyer: What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine
Kevin Flanagan: Cooperation and the Commons: Challenges and Opportunities