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.
0 · December 7
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.
0 · November 30
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.
0 · November 28
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.
0 · November 28
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.
0 · November 2
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.
0 · October 31
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.
0 · October 22
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!
0 · October 6