Talk at Open Commons Kongress 2015 in Linz, Austria
The sharing economy is an emerging phenomenon that encompasses the use of networked tools to enable a range of social and economic exchanges, such as hospitality exchange, ridesharing, and recycling of goods. Moreover, the sharing economy reconfigures social life in urban settings. It affects not only those who take part but also those who are excluded or do not wish to participate. Based on a series of empirical studies of non-monetary and monetary forms of peer-to-peer exchange, this talk addresses challenges to participation in network hospitality (Airbnb, Couchsurfing) and local online exchange (Sharetribe) — even when the potential benefits are considered desirable and necessary. The talk complicates the dominant narrative of the sharing economy as an accessible and convenient alternative for traditional markets by highlighting issues as diverse as fear of indebtedness and tendency to socialize with those similar to oneself.
Congress program available at: http://opencommons.linz.at/cms/veranstaltungen/open-commons-kongress-2015/