Access Over Ownership

8 Jan

Welcome to 2011 No Waste Wednesdays-ers!

We are happy to be with you this year as we have many exciting things planned (carrot mobbing, more useful resourcing and hopefully many new guest writers)!

In January we will be exploring collaborative consumption, a term that was introduced to us through Rachel Botsoman’s Ted Talk which we posted mid-December.  We liked this idea of redistribution so much we thought it should have its own month!

“Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented through the latest technologies and peer-to-peer marketplaces in ways and on a scale never possible before. If you’ve used a car sharing service like Zipcar, experienced peer-to-peer travel on Airbnb, given away or found something on Freecycle or lent money through Zopa, you’re already part of the rise of Collaborative Consumption.” (taken from Rachel’s website)

The main concept behind this movement is access over ownership – having access to something you’d like to use instead of owning it yourself.

After perusing the collaborative consumption website and watching the videos, we went from asking “how does this work”, to “why not”?!  Most of us have participated in some sort of trade or group share… maybe it’s not as complicated as we think.
So the real question is this – what do you have to share?


One Response to “Access Over Ownership”

  1. Lisa Braun January 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks! Btw, I loved the TED talk. I think this concept of “sharing” is much stronger in our students than in people my age (40ish)….the young adult is much more trusting and willing to enter into this world of collaboration. Hear hear for a world of thoughtful consumption, collaboration, generosity, and creativity! I believe wise people like Tom Sine, Tony Campolo, Richard Foster, etc, have talked about the concept of simplicity and intentional living (worth reading some of their thoughts on these topics).


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