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The “sharing economy” describes a type of business built on the sharing of resources, like AirBnb or Zipcar. As of 2012, the concept of sharing has moved from a community practice into a legitimate business opportunity. This increasing legitimacy is reflected in the more polished terms used to describe the phenomenon like peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, collaborative consumption or the access economy. Some advocates wax philosophical that this emerging sharing economy has come about because society has collectively arrived at a more altruistic place in our evolution. Others simply attribute it to Clinton’s old adage, “it’s the economy, stupid,” with trying financial times forcing us to reevaluate the way we interact with one another and with the resources we have at hand. Whether it is a monetary or social paradigm shift, Time considers the access economy to be one of “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” We agree.

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The Airbnb of Solar? Israeli Transplant Launches Solar-Sharing Network

Israeli transplant Yeloha has raised more than $3.5 million and launched a solar-sharing service that could pave the way for renters and property…
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Bike-Share Programs Extend into Underserved Neighborhoods

Studies show that communities with statistically recognized transportation issues benefit the most from having a bike-share option in their neighborhood. However, disproportionately, some…
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Is the Public Etsy Still Part of the Sharing Economy?

Etsy's IPO took Wall Street by storm last week. The conversation was peppered with questions about whether or not a company that claims…
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It’s Certified Pre-Owned: No, Not the Car, the iPad

An estimated 140 million cell phones end up in landfills each year. With those cell phones go 4.7 tons of gold (worth $56…
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Challenge for the Sharing Economy: Become Better Middlemen

Sharing economy companies have learned that they need to perfect not just the user experience, but also their role as intermediaries.
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Uber Can’t Buy Me Love

Uber takes the robber-baron approach to reputation, but trying to fix bad rep with a charitable donation is so 19th century.
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The Sharing Economy Comes to Facility Management

The development to a sharing economy presents a huge chance for procurement and facility professionals. Why should we stay focused on buying while…
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Is the ‘Uberization’ of the Economy Sustainable?

Although it’s probably too early to offer candidates for Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year, I’d like to suggest uberization as the word…
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Report: U.S. Lags on Embracing the Sharing Economy

Approximately 80 million Americans took part in the sharing economy last year – from donating unwanted clothes to charity to renting movies from…
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What’s Next For CR? Thoughts and Predictions for 2015

Shannon Schuyler of PwC shares her predictions for the year to come.
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Uber: Driving for Child Hunger and Gouging During a Crisis

No one is talking about Uber's rides-for-hunger campaign, but instead the talk is accused price gouging during the tragic hostage situation in Sydney.
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The Street Store: A Lesson for the Sharing Economy?

The South Africa-based Street Store may be less than a year old, but its brand name is already recognized in cities across the…
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Why Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy

I know that it might sound a bit strange, as Uber is one of the more common examples of the sharing economy. But…
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Patagonia Launches Black Friday Worn Wear Swap with Yerdle

Patagonia continues its Black Friday tradition of defying the consumer spirit by launching another Worn Wear event -- this time in concert with…
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Patagonia’s Investment in Yerdle Shows Sharing Economy Maturing

Patagonia has announced an investment in Yerdle, a startup where users can use a smartphone app to give and receive things for free.