sharing economy


Definition of sharing economy 

: economic activity that involves individuals buying or selling usually temporary access to goods or services especially as arranged through an online company or organization Arguably the biggest sector of the sharing economy is travel. People are renting their beds to out-of-towners (Airbnb and Couchsurfer), leading them on guided tours (Vayable and CanaryHop) and hosting meals (Voulez Vous Diner and EatWith), sometimes for free but on most sites for a price—though one far below those found at local hotels.— Eliana Dockterman

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This this isn’t the automaker’s first foray into the auto sharing economy. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Toyota Launches a Car-Sharing Subscription Service for Hawaii," 11 July 2018 Levels of trust for sharing economy services also fell, slipping three percentage points to 62 percent. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Are travelers cooling to the sharing economy?," 17 June 2018 By 2014, with the sharing economy growing, Cloud looked around. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Collingswood begins shutting down Airbnbs, as cities and towns worldwide struggle to regulate it," 27 June 2018 Spinlister has been around since April 2012, but its original mission was a simpler take on the sharing economy. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "In This Bike-Sharing Plan, You Buy a $1,000 Cycle and Rent It Yourself," 13 Mar. 2015 This latest venture melds two of tech’s favorite ideas: the sharing economy, and the basis of Bitcoin—the blockchain. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "This 'Uber of China' Creator Is Building a Ride-Hailing App Based on Bitcoin Technology," 29 May 2018 That figure includes temporary help workers, independent contractors, freelancers, and workers on sharing economy websites such as Etsy. Brian Melley And Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, "California ruling will cause 'seismic shift' in gig economy," 2 May 2018 But like all utopian enterprises, the sharing economy has significant flaws. Time, "The Trouble with Sharing: China's Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point," 2 Apr. 2018 Like Uber versus the taxi industry before them, this fight is a clash between an old-school business model and a modern technology platform inspired by the sharing economy. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.," 30 Mar. 2018

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