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What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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“Collaborative consumption is an ideal signalling device for an economy based on electronic brands and ever-changing fashions.” (—The Economist)
“This is an inspiring book about innovating entrepreneurs in an economy where people are seeking ways to connect with each other- through business.” (—Delta Sky)
“The latest buzzword and trend is defining how we do business in the new millennium” (—Vogue Australia)
“[T]he authors have laid out the social and economic logic for collaborative consumption with such religious fervour and zeal that one can’t help but become converted to this new world order.” (—Edwards Magazine Bookclub)
“The authors give hundreds of examples of how people are finding new ways to share and exchange value…[T]he book is packed with some pretty interesting statistics…If you’re unaware of what’s happening in the peer-to-peer exchange space, this book will quickly bring you up to speed.” (—Emergent by Design)
“What can the next wave of collaborative marketplaces look like? Botsman and Rogers answer this question in a highly readable and persuasive way. Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration should consider reading this book.” (—Tony Hsieh, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.)
“People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same.” (—Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist)
“Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good.” (—Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate)
“Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out. Anyone interested in the emerging economics and culture of collaboration will want to read this profoundly hopeful book.” (—Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map)
“[F]ull of impressive examples of entrepreneurs establishing new markets. Ultimately, the authors’ optimism is infectious.” (—The Australian)
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Top Customer Reviews
Feeling pinched for money? Hate waste? Want to get to know more of your neighbors? These are just some of the reasons that might motivate you to discover fresh methods to save and to share that can also enrich your life - with others.
From bartering to exchanging, fixing, giving away, renting or more efficiently using what you have, this book is the most complete (and lively) resource I've found. You'll not only read about the better-known businesses and organizations that are tapping into "collaborative consumption" like zipcar and Meetup but many lesser-known groups and methods that you might join or reinvent to adapt to your situation or interest.
They write, "The collaboration at the heart of Collaborative Consumption may be local and face-to-face, or it may use the Internet to connect, combine, form groups, and find something or someone to create "many to many" peer-to-peer interactions. Simply put, people are sharing again with their community - be it an office, a neighborhood, an apartment building, a school, or a Facebook network. But the sharing and collaboration are happening in ways and at a scale never before possible, creating a culture and economy of What's Mine is Yours.Read more ›
The book is nicely structured and reads well, with an anecdotal style which clearly shows the huge amount of research that went into the project, drawing on an impressive range of case studies to make a powerful argument.
If the book has one failing it may be that, like so many 'business books', some people may overlook it as not for them. This would be a great pity, as the issues it deals with are critical for all of us - whether as inspiration for a collaborative dot com start up, or to help us navigated the increasing array of traded, swapped and shared products and services around us.
Buy it. Read it. Pass it on.
What's Mine is Yours sums up the new universe of what authors Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers term "collaborative consumption". The book, like the movement it describes, is a game changer, as the authors connect the dots and show how key systems (like redistribution markets and collaborative lifestyles), principles (like critical mass and belief in the commons), and drivers (like environmental and cost concerns) have all matured to the point where collaborative consumption is not only viable but may soon supplant traditional buy, use and discard consumption altogether.
I would suggest that you go buy the book, but in the spirit of its message, I implore you to barter or swap for the book through one of the many exchange markets available today.
If not, you may find yourself left behind.
"What's Mine is Yours. The Rise of Collaborative Consumption" is an important new book by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. It explains how the extraordinary disruption caused by the communications revolution is spawning an explosion in sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting and swapping.
Sites like Couchsurfing.com, which co-ordinates swaps of 'couch' accommodation for visitors and travelers has become the third most visited travel site in the world.
Car-sharing services like Zipcar saw their membership triple in 2009, and it is estimated that by 2015, 4.4 million people in North America and 5.5 million in Europe will belong to similar services.
People are realising that they don't have to own everything themselves, and that reaching out to others and sharing saves them money, makes them feel good and makes them new friends.
It meets a fundamental human need for connection and sharing.
Even mega consumer brands like Nike are shifting their brand focus and advertising away from products and towards building collaborative communities, investing in nonmedia social hubs like NikePlus, where runners around the world post runnning routes, map their runs, offer advice and encourage one another. It is estimated that Nike is spending 55 per cent less on traditional advertising and celebrity endorsements than it did ten years ago.
So why is this change occurring? Botsman and Roo cite a number of reasons, one of which is that it
feeds what sociologist Marilynn Brewer calls our 'social self', the part of us that seeks connection and belonging.
People have a need to connect.Read more ›
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I wrote my master thesis on this subject and derailed a bit from it during the last 3 years. Reading this book while thinking of the company I want to build refreshed my knowledge... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sebastián Velásquez A
Great, easy to read book on social innovation and sharing economy with a huge ammount of real business examplesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great textbook on how to understand SHARING or COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION as a NEW RESOURCE to problem-solving on virtually anything that involves DATA gathering.Published 7 months ago by Olakunle Nathaniel Olamiju
It's rare to find such an information packed book. I'm learning twenty things per page!Published 14 months ago by joe words
Great book. Well researched. i would like to see where collaborative consumption has come since the book was first published. Great read.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a good entrance point to collaborative economy.
It lacks of the downside of it. Why isn't exploding? Read more