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.