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Collaborative Consumption


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The ideas and statistics behind the collaborative consumption movement are inspiring — they represent a new economic future that is poised to disrupt industries from across the service and goods spectrum — from hotels and taxicabs, to our household errands and the way we do business. Companies like Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Lyft, and Zipcar are at the leading edge of the collcons wave. Join the movement at

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Collaborative Consumption

  1. 21st CenturyThe Age of Collaborative Consumption
  2. Collaborative consumption:Less ownership, more sharing—of goods,services, skills, space, and time.
  3. 300,000 rooms were made available to rent globally viaAirbnb in five years of developmentBy 2020, there will be 31 million members of carsharingprograms worldwideOn average, four to five new coworking spaces openevery single day1,000 new TaskRabbits are added each monthIn 2012, 2.7 billion dollars were raised via crowdfundingin the United States
  4. “People sharing idle time, their skills, or theirknowledge… it is truly a movement in theglobal economy.”Brian Chesky,Cofounder & CEO, Airbnb
  5. “I think we will continue to see a rise in collaborativeconsumption and a growing awareness for how thesenew economic models save people money, are moresustainable and efficient.”Scott Griffith, CEO of Zipcar
  6. “I want to live in a world where wereall producers, where we are eachcontributing value.”Dale Dougherty,Founder of Maker Faire
  7. “The Internet is removing the middleman, so thatanyone from a T-shirt designer to a knitter can make aliving selling peer-to-peer. And the ubiquitous forceof this peer-to-peer revolution means that sharing ishappening at phenomenal rates.”Rachel Botsman, Co-author of What’s MineIs Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
  8. “It is the long history of humankind (andanimal kind, too) those who learned tocollaborate and improvise most effectivelyhave prevailed.”Charles Darwin, Naturalist
  9. “In an era when families are scattered and we maynot know the people down the street, sharingthings — even with strangers weve just met online— allows us to make meaningful connections.”Bryan Walsh, TIME Magazine
  10. “It empowers people to tap into skills and talent thatthey have but havent found opportunities to makemoney from before. It empowers people to be incontrol of their jobs and their lives. It empowerspeople to make all new kinds of connections thatare often quite tricky to make.”Rachel Botsman
  11. “...sharing is to ownership what theiPod is to the eight-track, what the solarpanel is to the coal mine. Sharing is clean,crisp, urbane, postmodern; owning is dull,selfish, timid, backward.”Mark Levine, The New York Times
  12. “Being ‘socially connected’ is no longer just abouthaving a lot of people to share your news with;these days, it’s about having a lot of people toshare your stuff with — either for free or at afraction of the market fee. It’s about collaborativeconsumption.”Lada Gorlenko, Fast.Co Design
  13. “The 20th century was about hyper-consumption, but the 21st century will bedefined by collaborative consumption.”Rachel Botsman