One reason I enjoy being part of Common Change – Brett “Fish” Anderson

Brett “Fish” Anderson has been part of the Common Change collaborative giving process for more than a year and a half and loves how the giving process is so closely linked to the relationship process. In this short clip he explains how Common Change suddenly became more real and alive to him when he saw it impact friends that he was connected to: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nBqu75Ueao]   For more information on how Common Change works or to sign up and get started head to the Common Change website and get connected. Also join and like Common Change on Facebook or follow us @4CommonChange on...

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The ‘Sharing Economy’ or Sharing Econo-you? [some thoughts from Europe’s LeWeb conference]

              ‘The idea behind this year’s central theme, “The New Sharing Economy”, turns the principle of capitalism on its head, proposing consumer access to goods and services is more important than owning them.’ Although the idea of sharing resources and services is not particularly new, what is new is how mainstream it is becoming in certain sectors. Although this comment from Jeremiah Owyang [an analyst at Altimeter Group, named as one of 2010’s “Five Most Creative Small Businesses” by Fast Company] brings up one of the topical questions at the moment: “The sharing economy is actually the next phase of the internet. The first phase of the internet, people shared information. The second phase people used social media and anybody can share. Now we’re here today with the sharing economy which is the third phase of the internet. People use the same tools to share products and services and it is actually a very disruptive trend to existing corporations, governments and businesses.” Is big business going to take this lying down or what kind of backlash or counter-attack can be expected? In this previous post we featured here on Two Cents, we shared how New York regulators and courts were in the process of shutting down or taking legal action against a number of...

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Sharing is Scaring?

‘May hasn’t gone so hot for some of the sharing economy’s most promising entrepreneurs. 2012 might have hinted of challenges to come, but so far 2013 has over-delivered. In the last two weeks, New York regulators and courts have essentially shut three of these companies down, at least temporarily.’ And with that opening paragraph, Susie Cagle begins her article titled, ‘Is the sharing economy skidding out?’ and as dramatic as her title is, it really only begins to give a hint or taste of what might be some of the larger questions facing the sharing economy communities. What is important for us as we explore collaborative giving is to understand some of the parameters that exist as well as some of the obstacles we might face. It is often not merely enough to have a good idea [Smoking is bad for you – let’s stop people smoking!] but you sometimes need to be aware of whose toes you might inadvertently be stepping on as you try make your good idea a reality [So what do you think of the electric car, big oil companies?] You can read the rest of Susie’s article here. As we look to become more involved in collaborative communities through sharing resources and combining network activities, what kinds of barriers might be come up against? Are there any...

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