Rethinking Systems: Collaborative Consumption

What do you do with all the stuff that you’ve used, but no longer want, like books or DVDs? What if you want to garden but don’t own land? What if you only need a car occasionally? Why does everyone need a power drill? These are the kinds of issues that collaborative consumption addresses. New networks and systems of sharing and swapping goods and services are arising as a counterpoint to our decades of hyperconsumerism and hyperindividualism. People are getting their needs met in ways that are better for themselves, their pocketbooks, the planet, and other people. Rachel Botsman, co-author of the book, What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, outlines the case for these sharing networks in a recent TEDx talk:

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