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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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Spotlight on the Sharing Economy: Q&A with Flat-Club

Flat-Club, a room sharing company for students, shares their impressions on the sharing economy.
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LiquidSpace and Marriott Team Up for Instant Shared Workspace

LiquidSpace now parters with Marriott to give its members even more options to hold co-working sessions.
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GetArtUp Makes Contemporary Art More Accessible

GetArtUp has developed a new business model to generate revenues for artists while allowing contemporary art to become more accessible and affordable.
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Different by Design: Car Sharing vs. Car Rental

Peer-to-peer car sharing and car renting, at their core, are not the same. Car sharing is, by design, something different from the traditional…
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RovAir Helps Business Travelers Share Mobile Hotspots

RovAir is a company that was in the sharing economy before there was a name for it...specializing in making valuable, under-utilized assets or…
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The Sharing Economy Increases Economic Growth While Lowering Consumption

The relationship between the sharing economy and economic systems is potentially contentious. Can the sharing economy increase economic growth while lowering consumption, which…
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Mealku: The Art of Appreciating Cuisine is in the Sharing

Mealku is New York's new cuisine-sharing cooperative. Co-founded by Ted D'Cruz-Young, it caters to those who can appreciate the art that goes into…
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Sharing Economy Increases Access to Luxury Goods

Now that luxury goods are available to the masses due to the rise of the sharing economy, the champagne life is possible .…
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Instead of Sharing Economy, Let’s Call It “Resource Efficiency”

The "sharing economy" moniker is not entirely accurate. Sharing does not normally involve the exchange of cash.
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Spotlight on the Sharing Economy: Q&A with Park at my House

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How the Sharing Economy Can Serve Professional Consumers

Can the sharing economy can provide professional consumers or prosumers with a better and more sustainable way to enjoy the expensive guitar or…
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Investing in Collaborative Consumption: Venture Funding in 2012

2012 was another big year for funding in the collaborative consumption space. What sectors received the most attention, and where will the hotspots…
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Is the Sharing Economy Innately Sustainable?

There’s no doubt that sharing promotes collaborative exchange and that husbanding our natural resources is good for the environment, but will this trend…
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Coworking at The HUB, Where Ideas Come to Meet

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Necktie Decisions Got You In Knots? Borrow Via a Sharing Service

FreshNeck and TieTry are among companies that allow subscribers to borrow ties by paying a monthly fee. You might learn a few new…