I found this article from a section of "le Web" (whatever that is) on CNN this morning.
I think this is a trend toward barter and trade economies, community assets - and I like it.
I also see its potential to become a problem if big business tries to "exploit it" and take it away from the "normals," again. Sheesh, they don't
care about us, why can't they just leave us alone and let us go about our BUSINESS without them "getting a slice"?
CNN: Sharing Economy
It's also got a title of "Will the 'digital hippies' kill consumerism?"
which was the story link on page 1.
a "hippie" at the end of their big run in the 70s....
and I hate the way we are stereotyped now - we are the people of the Baby Boom - another segment of society who is taking a beating in today's world
but that's another topic. This is just COMMON SENSE):
As some of the world's biggest economies continue to strain under recession, a new movement has emerged; the sharing economy. In the wake of the
financial bust the sharing economy is changing the way we shop, buy, eat, commute and travel. Is this the end of consumerism as we know it? By
The sharing economy takes advantage of connected mobile technology to allow people to rent things temporarily that they either don't need to own
permanently or can't afford.
Everything from cars, central city parking spaces and designer clothes to accommodation are available from individuals and companies that are making
billions from providing easy access to what people need in a difficult economy.
But it's not always about money. Some just want to conserve resources and save the planet – feeling that it's wasteful for everyone to own, say, a
lawnmower – when you could just borrow one for a dollar.
Okay, cool. You can rent out a room, or a dress, or your car, or an unused vacation condo - these ARE NOT NEW ideas, folks! Back in the 70s and 80s
it was very common for people to "share" - and they still do.
Young people and adults share housing - been done forever.
Cars are shared by households, borrowed by friends, etc.
"Yes, you can borrow my dress for your date."
"Hey, can I borrow your air compressor to wash my boat?"
We've been doing it for YEARS - DECADES. Ride-sharing, too. Same as car-pooling.
So, while I'm delighted that this idea has captured the attention of some journalist, it's not an "original idea" -
nevertheless, I'd like to know if anyone else here has already done these things, quietly - because to me it's how we "commoners" get by - by sharing,
borrowing, lending, renting, etc.
And I'd say it's about time we get back to that way of living rather than "HOARDING" trophies of wealth.
Wondering what you all think about it.
As the idea has trickled down to people renting out their work-a-day cars, home parking spaces and bedrooms when not in use, experts say this will
transform the level of car ownership and size of property that people buy. Researchers say that we only use our cars eight per cent of the time and we
spend billions on the space where we store stuff that we almost never use, such as power tools.
They also say the sharing economy is expected to be worth $110 billion within the next few years.
"Shared Economy Pioneers" Pffft. Try the "hippy communes" and the "Kibutzes" - as if this a "new idea".
Doy. But, well, maybe the people who USED to have it so easy won't scoff at collective ownership so much anymore.
Or renting a tiller at Home Depot or Aaron or U-Haul. Why is this story all of a sudden showing up as a "new idea"? Interesting. Is there anyone
here who has NEVER borrowed or lent or rented something to or from someone else?
It's how people LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS. Shocker!
edit on 5-6-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)