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What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise Of Collaborative Consumption (2010)

by Rachel Botsman(Favorite Author)
4 of 5 Votes: 1
1400119200 (ISBN13: 9781400119202)
Tantor Media
review 1: Well written, and a fairly quick read. My only gripe with the book is that it is overly optimistic about how impact social media can be. Granted, technology has allowed for a new level connectedness that has never existed before, but there's definitely some bad that comes from that. The one example I can remember from the book about terrorism needing to compete in a harsher environment (the IT age), may accurately reflect the situation for one group or another, but ignores groups that rise quickly because of newly available networking tools.Regardless, here's a list of a bunch of the networking sites referenced in here book:Traveling accommodations:-Airbnb-Couchsurfing-RoomoramaCars:-Zipcar-Liftshare-Zimride-NuRide-relayridesStuff (free):-Freecycle-Kashless-Around Again-fr... moreeecardboarboxesStuff:-Barterquest-UISwap-eBay-Flippid-SCoodle-Craiglist-thredUp-MakeupAlley-Swapstyle (clothes)-Toyswap-Dig N Swap-Etsy-usedcardboardboxes-swaptree-swapdvdToys:-Rent a toy-Why not-Toy rental club-BabyplaysRenting things:-erento-irent2you-rentmineonline-iletyou-zilokCommunities (suburbs):-neighborrow-bright neighbor-neighborgoods-rblock-gogoverde-share some sugar-davezillion-skillshare-blockchalkOther:-IfWeRanTheWorld-LETS (local exchange trading systems)-Urban Gardenshare-Landshare-Parkatmyhouse-Solarcity
review 2: "Sharing is to ownership what the iPod is to the eight track, what the solar panel is to the coal mine. Sharing is clean, crisp, urbane, postmodern; owning is dull, selfish, timid, backward."(p.xxi)"If everyone on the planet lived like the average American child, we would need five planets to sustain them during their lifetime." (p.6)"The economy needs things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever increasing rate." (p.6)"We are now a society addicted to 'throwaway habits,' and many of us are anesthetized to the consequences." (p.10)"All the 'good stuff' we throw away represents just a small amount, given that for every garbage can of waste we put out on the curb, seventy additional cans of waste were produced upstream in production and distribution to make the waste in your can." (p.11)"Douglass Rushkoff comments in Life Inc., 'it was less important for this life to provide actual satisfaction as for it to produce a class of people who behaved as if they were satisfied.'" (p.26)"In 1929, Charles Kettering, director of research for Sloan, wrote an article declaring, 'The key to economic prosperity is the organized creation of dissatisfaction....If everyone were satisfied no one would want to buy the new thing.'" (p.35)"The more our houses and lives bloat with stuff, the heavier and more trapped we feel. As Neal Lawson wrote in All Consuming, 'The more we consume the less space we have to be anything other than consumers.' Similarly, the more space and time we spend dedicated to accumulating stuff in our lives, the less room we have for other people." (p.38)"We ended up believing that we were better off relying on corporations rather than cooperating with each other. Collective- and community-based values were shunned in favor of consumer independence and a mind-set of 'me, me, me.'" (p.42)"Real wealth is something you can pass on in a way that others can enjoy." (p.63)"Our concurrent economic environmental crises can be seen either as two separate problems, or as overwhelming collateral damage, or as an opportunity. As Picasso said, 'Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.'" (p.63)"Children are sociable and cooperative by nature. But by the age of three, children start to adhere to 'social norms' shaped by culture. At this stage, concerns of how others in a group will judge them can encourage or discourage collaboration." (p.69)"The foundation of moving toward a service economy (also known as a functional economy) is already being built. Global giants across sectors have changed their business models and redefined what they offer, moving from being product sellers to being service providers." (p.118)"The risks of product commoditization are one reason for this shift; another is that the profit margins are higher in a product-service mix than in the 'pure sale of products.'" (p.119)"Moving unwanted goods from nonuse to reuse is now practical, convenient, and worthwhile. This development is fueling the second model of Collaborative Consumption, redistribution markets, a system that brings together the four principles of Collaborative Consumption: trust between strangers, the power of idling capacity, belief in the commons, and critical mass." (p.127)"As much as we recycle our paper, bottles, and plastic, the biggest way to help prevent waste is to buy less new stuff and redistribute more of what we have already." (p.130)"Freecycle and craigslist show how the Internet can be used to create vast decentralized systems of redistribution that are predominately self-organized." (p.136)"Robert Axelrod, a political science professor at the University of Michigan, posits that 'people cooperate not because of friendship or trust in each other, but the trust in a promise of keeping a durable relationship that could benefit them in the future.' This tendency he refers to as 'the shadow of the future.' That shadow creates good behavior in the present, as there are clear incentives for honesty and trust about the price and condition of what they are selling." (p.143)"Daniel Nissanoff, in his book FutureShop, refers to these items as things we 'want to have but not to hold.' He posits that in the future we will think of them in 'terms of temporary ownership.' It's also possible that passing something on will become as second nature as buying something new." (p.149)"(a)broader economic view of currency as not just money but also time, skills, and effort" (p.161)"We used to define ourselves by what we consumed, the brands we wore, the cars we drove, and the consumer electronics that we stuffed under the TV set. Now we're defined much less by brands and more by the things we do, the choices we make, our values and beliefs, our self-expression." (p.165)"(Coworking) spaces themselves vary in terms of perks and culture, but they are all based on combining the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic, creative) and the best elements of a workspace (productive, functional)." (p.169)"In opposition to the adage 'Good fences make good neighbors,' we now need to formalize fenceless relationships. There is also a need to combine old sound ideals with design and experiences that lean more toward hip dot-com than the tie-dyed communalism of the sixties." (p.169)"The main problem with what we're calling collaborative lifestyles was not the concept in itself but the stigma attached to sharing." (p.170)"Collaborative lifestyles require you to 'shed a certain amount of your hyper-individualism and replace it with a certain amount of neighborliness....If we let go a little bit of our individualism (at the moment, we have plenty to spare), we recover something we have been missing.' And sometimes we don't even realize what we have been missing until we experience the bridge back from some form of isolation to some form of community." (p.180)"We want innovation and variation. We crave newness and change. Scolding people- 'You must not do this'- does not change self-interested behaviour. Designers must reimagine and reinvent not just what we consume but how we consume." (p.196)"life-altering technological and social advances are happening within a few years, if not months." (p.212)"The Internet and mobile technology are allowing movements to become self-conscious and identifiable in real time and, in turn, spread and grow." (p.212)"This awareness of community momentum and purpose spurs further explorations and growth into new economies and innovations. We have become increasingly adapted to change." (p.213)"Today reputation serves not only as a psychological reward or currency, but also as an actual currency- called reputation capital. We have already seen how people build their reputations by playing within the rules, helping others, and touting their accomplishments." (p.218)"It is time for our statistics system to put more emphasis on measuring the well-being of the population than on economic production." (p.222) less
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interesting. Hope the authors are right, that we're moving towards more collaborative consumption...
Wow, another one of those books that gets me so excited for the technology of the future!
awesome for both those in the space, and those new to the topic
really interesting. It is about green social networks.
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