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The Sharing Economy
Nonprofits should lead the sharing economy and demand more from the private sector. The Sharing Economy -- the use of networked, often mobile, information technology to share goods and services -- offers nonprofits new possibilities for innovation and efficiency along with new paradigms to move from scarcity to abundance. Whether it’s AirBnB, the Sharing Cities Network or Car2Go, the range of sharing economy examples is reaching a tidal flood. What is most exciting about the Sharing Economy is its embrace of a revitalized public square and a rejuvenated commitment to social good. This is part of the Sharing Economy with the most transformative potential: the ability to address societal inequities and envision new ecological solutions. Potential Questions for Panel How is the Sharing Economy transforming society? What tech innovation is most needed in your community? How has technology helped you grow the sharing economy? If not, what’s needed? What are the barriers to adoption to bringing more people into the Sharing Economy? Where could the Sharing Economy’s “idling capacity” be harnessed? What tools do you need most to match your fellow citizen’s ‘haves’ with others ‘wants’? Are there dangers to an expanded Sharing Economy? Are you ready to build new Sharing Economy start-ups owned by the people? Read more about the sharing economy on the NetSquared blog (http://www.netsquared.org/blog/getting-local-sharing-economy).

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    NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change.

    NONPROFIT STAFF will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those who aren't experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

    TECHNOLOGISTS AND CONSULTANTS will find opportunities to put your expertise to social good, as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in your community.

    ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS will see and be given the opportunity to present on successful uses of technology for social change. Not content to simply focus on "shiny tech," we'll explore what the true potential for social change is in each case, where community organizing work can be made more effective, and where it will have to push technology forward.

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