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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
The sharing economy is bullsh!t. Here’s how we can take it back
“‘Sharing’ has been appropriated and stripped of all meaning by people trying to sell you things, much like sustainability was. Once “green” became hip and important about a decade ago, corporate bigwigs started preaching about sustainable profits and misleading eco-labels got slapped on single-use disposable plastic water bottles. These days, share-washing is the new greenwashing.” By Sam Bliss on Grist
sharing  ethics  equality  politics  economy  indie  indieroundup  sustainability  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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