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The Novelty of Sharing


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The marketing of “collaborative consumption” to our generation, and our subsequent acceptance of it, stimulates the concept that sharing is innovative and modern.  However, I agree with the voices on the KCRW podcast, “The Rise of the Sharing Economy” that sharing and communal consumption have always existed.

Our exponential advances in technology allows instantaneous information availability and production.  Consequently, our “sharing” networks have broadened to a much larger audience, giving us exposure to sharing marketplaces that have never existed to this degree before.

While one of the guests suggest the socialism of collaborative consumption, noting that, “private spaces have been eroded by silicon valley”, and that the trend is, “a threat to psychological hygiene,” I believe that technology acts as a profound enabler to advance efficiency and produce value.

I particularly favor one system of collaborative consumption known as community gardening.  Community gardens initiatives provide individual plots on a collectively farming land.  These gardens propel collective responsibility, local productivity, and mutual trust.

Collaboration and sharing have always existed in society.  Today, we are inventing novel methods to share by expanding our local citizenship to a global platform.

References:

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

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7 thoughts on “The Novelty of Sharing

  1. I am a big fan of the community garden concept as well. I think that this is a safe way for people to share resources. This kind of collaboration certainly goes back to the begin of time, especially “The New World” era with the pilgrims. So my argument would be should we limit the collaborative consumption to the forms of sharing that are so primal, and do not involve a lot of technology to use them, like the garden? Community interaction is growing rather than introducing strangers to other communities, like having foreigners in your home. The concept of mutual trust that you bring up is key. I think that is necessary for any of this to work. But I fear the internet and what it allows, deception, falsification and masked identities, prevents (or should) people from trusting.

  2. I would definitely agree with Emily on this point. I think the community garden is a great idea, but is this such a great idea because of the removal of technology? The interaction of the garden is face to face with real communication and no technology involved. Can you have the same sort of trust and collaboration with someone you have never met? Would you really be willing to allow them to stay in your house? I like the some ideas of collaborative consumption, but I think we should be careful about how far we try to carry it.

  3. Oh, I love the community garden idea, too! And I agree with Emily and Garrett when they discuss some of technology’s drawbacks to the social process. I struggle with the concepts of privacy and safety in a purely sharing economy, because I don’t fully trust that the internet is a good medium to understanding people’s intentions. What I love about community garden is that it brings people together to access one body of land. There isn’t an exchange of goods or services, but rather cooperation while at the garden. This makes sense to me–I would share a garden, to meet new people.

  4. I really like your point about technology advancing enabling and efficiency in our world today and its relation to the Sharing Economy. I believe our generation doesn’t fully appreciate all of the amazing things we can do today thanks to technology and thus don’t fully take advantage of all it has to offer. I believe many ideas in the Sharing Economy, like community gardens, don’t get enough credit for their innovation because of our expectation that new ideas need to involve crazy new technology. Thanks for bringing up this topic!

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