The Sharing Economy
###Websites to check out
Living Cities & the Living Cities Blog
Living Cities documents and facilitates innovative projects in cities around the world. Although they focus on major cities in the U.S., many of their projects are adaptable to different sized cities and towns.
Shareable.net is the ultimate site for all things share-related (aside from this here podcast, of course). Shareable is a journalistic outlets that covers all types of share projects, and they also host various events throughout the year (such as MapJam and Share Fest).
CityLab from The Atlantic
A project of The Atlantic, CityLab is exactly what it sounds like--it covers experiments in cities around the world. They look at the intersection of culture, technology, communication and more, and many of the ideas explored are very applicable to the share economy.
Institute for the Future
IFTF is a research institute based in the Bay Area. They're a nonprofit, and focus on researching what will make the future healthy and sustainable. They often have reports available to download for free.
The Long Now Foundation
The Long Now is also based in the Bay Area, and they take a very long term approach to futuristic studies. They have a multitude of original projects that are intended to keep humanity sustainable for the long haul.
Centre for Social Innovation
A Canada-based project, CSI is now present in NYC, too. Their projects are focused on rallying together communities to make change happen and to try out new ideas. They're part idea incubator, part documenting project, so they have plenty of interesting and insightful content to read. http://socialinnovation.ca/innovation/publications
###Share Local Radio Book Club We're going to be covering these books in depth, likely one per episode, in the future and we'd love for you to read along. We aren't going to do this for every episode and we will publish a reading list and schedule in a future episode.
1) Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations by Clay Shirky
A wonderful primer on group dynamics and how technology has changed what options we have when it comes to "organization".
2) The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls and David Weinberger
You will come back to this one time and again. A lot of this is common sense but some of it is common sense that many of us have lost along the way. We've become robotic in communicating with others online instead of trying to be our authentic selves. Authenticity is just one of the many topics we will explore in this book and this will be the first one in our list to read (despite not being the first on this list).
3) The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley by Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt
Largely focused on building a "silicon valley" type ecosystem. We encourage you to break out of that mold and make something unique for your community but this book has some great insights in how these ecosystems develop.
- Break rules and dream
- Open doors and listen
- Trust and be trustworthy
- Experiment and iterate together
- Seek fairness, not advantage
- Err, fail and persist
- Pay it forward
4) What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers
Great history on the sharing economy and proof that the sharing economy is as old as time itself.
Great focus on who makes up a community and how they can work together to develop a strong startup community. This includes entrepreneurs, government, university and service providers.
- Be radically inclusive
- Play a non-zero-sum game
- Mentorship is important