The Sharing Economy

  • November 27, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Macmillan Room

Caroline Lucas MP has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Commons on The Sharing Economy. We will be running this meeting in partnership with “The People Who Share.”

Caroline Lucas is the MP for Brighton Pavilion and ex leader of the Green Party of England & Wales. She is the UK's only Green MP. A passionate campaigner on the environment, social justice and human rights, Caroline was voted the UK's Most Ethical Politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by Observer readers, and is one of the Environment Agency's Top 100 Eco-Heroes. She was named 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Spectator's 2010 Parliamentarian Awards, and 'MP of the Year' in the Scottish Widows and Dods Women in Public Life Awards 2011.

Other speakers will include,

Benita Matofska is a social innovator and entrepreneur with 20 years broadcasting experience under her belt for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery both in the UK and USA. Following this, she became Head of Global Entrepreneurship at Enterprise UK. Benita founded The People Who Share in January 2011 because "I'm passionate about sharing, you could call me a 'sharing evangelist.' I believe that sharing is the answer to our global problems."
Rajesh Makwana is the executive director of Share The World's Resources, (STWR),  a London-based NGO campaigning for essential resources - such as land, energy, water and the atmosphere - to be shared internationally and sustainably in order to secure basic human needs.

Chris Hewett who is a fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and has worked in environmental policy for 18 years in think tanks, NGOs and Government agencies. His current research is focused on finance and economic policy to promote sustainability. He has previously published reports into climate change policy (mitigation & adaptation), economic instruments including green taxes and emissions trading, aviation policy and other aspects of environment, energy and transport policy.

The People Who Share is a social business dedicated to building a Sharing Economy. They have pioneered the evolution of sharing into the mainstream of modern political and economic life. Their vision of the future is a thriving Sharing Economy where the need to own is transformed into the desire to access and everyone is a supplier of goods, services and experiences. Where people share skills, time resources, knowledge, responsibility, opportunities, ideas, goods, services and stuff. It's a world in which our collective capability meets our collective needs and we collaborate to enhance each other's lives, protect our planet and create wealth from which everybody benefits.

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  • Antonia Z.

    Though speakers were inspiring I felt it could have been better pitched to include some more clear information of how to access and engage in the sharing economy. I felt like some such information came from the floor in a mixed way, less came from the panel regarding practical inclusion. Great ideas & a global and local view though. I am a fan of Caroline Lucas & the of a sharing economy - both from the time-banking, free-sourcing no or low money side and from the sharing global resources, getting Corporations to survive & thrive only through CSR and Corporate citizenship. I think we need to look at equity of access, human need and three bottom lines - social, environmental and economic. Would have liked to know more about the panels views on alternative indicators to GDP; indicators of equity of access and of well-being, rather than focus on how much income we make as a nation. We heard a consensus (which I am part of) that GDP is not up to the job, but not much about alternatives.

    December 7, 2012

  • Antonia Z.

    Hello and thank-you for the meeting this week. A broad panel with insights global and local and a refreshing look into a new (or renewed and ancient) form of economy and resource sharing and management. Much needed. A couple of comments, however, further to the ones I made at the meeting itself. It would be useful if people were told more specifics about some of the mechanisms accessible to them and already in place supporting the sharing economy, be these time banks, car, lift or seed sharing sights, credit mutuals for banking, freecycle, book swapping or clothes exchanges or where to find this information. Maybe between us all we could create a where now sheet or develop a skills share ourselves? It would also be good to know which companies are getting positively involved.

    The other comment was on measurement and indicators. GDP is not a reliable indicator for economic security and justice, only national growth. What indicators can be developed to show policy makers? Thanks.

    November 30, 2012

  • Valerie F.

    Very interesting talk with a great panel.

    November 28, 2012

  • John H G.

    One minute it was about Global Sharing, the next about tiny local initiatives people were proud of. It was unclear whether the Sharing Economy was an initiative driven from UK and whether it has any traction overseas. The suggestions made for finance in the report circulated are clearly pie in the sky. I am concerned that with the vast donations to charitable institutions over the last 50 years we still see people living in such abject poverty. The money clearly is not getting through to the needy, witness the UK Government's donation to South Africa of £19m and the spend of £17.5million on the president's home. Such examples destroy the trust of people who want to help and see their contributions wasted through the corruption and self aggrandisement prevalent in developing countries. It is difficult to see how the enthusiasm of some of the speakers can achieve Global results. I think there is a need to focus on what people in the room could actually and realistically influence.

    November 28, 2012

  • Francis S.

    Thanks to all those who attended this meetup which was really well attended and we had a packed meeting. The discussion was great both from the platform and the audience and we hope to follow this up with further activities including house meetings and possibly a study circle. Also thanks to Benita for suggesting the idea in the first place and for helping to make it all happen.

    November 28, 2012

  • Olivia S.

    Great event, constructive debates, diverse thought processes

    November 27, 2012

  • Alex

    Question:
    1. How do we prove identity and get in? Is hitting "print ticket" at the top of the page and bringing that along enough?
    2. Where exactly at Portcullis House should we meet/arrive?

    Thanks.

    1 · November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh how annoying - just been told a space has opened up, but have arranged something else in the meantime..! May try to come along late, or if people are going for a drink after join you there..?

    November 27, 2012

  • Marina C.

    If any spots become available for this I would love to attend. Let us know if any availability changes.

    November 20, 2012

  • Janos A.

    Would like to hear a bit in advance how the "social business dedicated to building a Sharing Economy" (The People Who Share) is planning to get the world's natural resources shared " (without power politics)? Or is there time for anything less?

    November 6, 2012

  • Gama M.

    We are constantly told that sharing is a good thing for the environment by cutting waste and needless consumption; we encourage it in our children for their moral growth; we see it used in advertising, and when we think of it as a neighbourhood activity we get a warm and fuzzy glow. But how many people actually go and ask a neighbour for that fabled cup of sugar? I'm very much hoping to attend this one as I believe that it will be insightful and full of exciting ideas.

    November 2, 2012

  • Rajen

    Benita's concepts of and tools for sharing are both innovative and practical.
    Many people think sharing something is halving it when the opposite is true - it doubles it, be it knowledge, time, experience, learning, enterprise or anything else! Try it in practice and see the difference:)
    Unfortunately I cannot attend the meeting, but I am sure it will be enjoyable and informative.

    October 31, 2012

  • Senake A.

    Taking sharing of spare time and resources one step further - take a look at www.piefinance.com. Based on my own experiences, of using lent resources to launch my first business - an engineering company - back in the early 90's. The site offers a collaborative planning and revenue sharing platform that creates the trust required to stimulate the lending of spare time & resources to help start a business. Time and resource providers earn income (once revenue starts flowing in and can create themselves a good job at the same time). The platform is available fully branded for individuals and businesses looking to get involved in the sharing / crowd funding / collaboration space. Francis - pls excuse the plug.

    October 22, 2012

  • Shaff P.

    Looking forward to attending, we need to help people get excited about sharing goods and services peer to peer. Plus we need an open conversation about ways of encouraging trust amongst strangers - something we are trying to to do at Storemates our community storage sharing scheme. Viva the sharing revolution!

    October 6, 2012

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