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What the Sharing Economy Takes
“Sharing is a good thing, we learned in kindergarten, but that wisdom was soon called into question by the grown-up world of getting and spending. Now, New Age capitalism has spun out a wonderful invention: the “sharing economy,” which holds out the promise of using technology to connect disparate individuals in mutually profitable enterprise, or at least in warm feelings.” By Doug Henwood on The Nation
equality  sharing  economics  indie  indieroundup  20mar15  capitalism 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Series: The real sharing economy
“Sharing, real sharing, could allow humanity as a whole to produce, consume, and emit less while improving quality of life through greater social interactions, fairer wealth distribution, and stronger community relationships. But sharing needs to go far beyond profit-seeking smartphone apps for unregulated taxi services (Uber) and vacation rentals (Airbnb).” A new series about Sharing on Grist
sharing  equality  economics  money  distribution  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Publicly Funded Inequality
“One of the factors driving the massive rise in global inequality and the concentration of wealth at the very top of the income distribution is the interplay between innovation and global markets. In the hands of a capable entrepreneur, a technological breakthrough can be worth billions of dollars, owing to regulatory protections and the winner-take-all nature of global markets. What is often overlooked, however, is the role that public money plays in creating this modern concentration of private wealth.” By Kemal Derviş on Project Syndicate
equality  patents  funding  economics  wealth  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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