Future of the Sharing Economy

Here is an audio recording of last night’s Future of the ‪Sharing Economy‬ panel organized by Be Social Change at What If Innovation with Airbnb NYC, Sailo, MILES, Meetup, and Foossa (that’s me):

Future of the Sharing Economy Panel – 22 September 2015
Organized by Be Social Change

Special thanks to our hosts ?What If! Innovation and to sponsors Airbnb, Runa, Kopali Chocolates, and Edward and Sons

From cars and music to accommodations and staffing, it’s never been easier for anyone with an excess capacity of goods and services to maximize their resources through collaborative consumption. Commonly referred to as The Sharing Economy, these transactions minimize waste and environmental impact, save costs, cut down barriers to entry, and increase productivity in a mutual give-and-receive exchange.

Expected to grow from $15 billion to $335 billion in revenue from 2013 to 2025, The Sharing Economy is positioned to disrupt traditional renting sectors like automotive and hotels. This potential for growth has attracted entrepreneurs and corporations alike, but how does it trickle down and increase opportunities and returns for individuals at every level of the exchange? And when are words like “community” and “sharing” disguising purely profit-driven transactions, a strategy coined as ‘WeWashing’?

With thought leaders from across the sector, this panel discussion will delve into the opportunities and challenges that come with collective collaboration. We’ll highlight the distinction between the Access Economy – where consumers are primarily interested in low costs and convenience – and an authentic Sharing Economy, rooted in trust and the strengthening of communities, and explore when, how, and if The Sharing Economy can be a source of empowerment.

Marcos Salazar, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Be Social Change

Melissa O’Young, Head of NY Community, Airbnb
Delphine Braas, Cofounder, Marketing & Business Development, Sailo
Odile Beniflah, Head of International, Meetup
Eric Ho, Founder, miLES
Lee-Sean Huang, Co-Founder / Creative Director, Foossa

#WeWashing: When “Sharing” Is Renting and “Community” Is a Commodity
Monetizing Neighborliness
ShareStories.net: One Month in the Sharing Economy

Petrosino in the news again


New leads in the 1909 murder of Italian-American police detective Joe Petrosino:

“My father’s uncle was called Paolo Palazzotto. He carried out the murder of the first policeman to be killed in Palermo. It was he who killed Joe Petrosino, on behalf of Cascio-Ferro.”

Here is a musical homage to the fallen officer from 2010 that I made with Joe Gualtieri and Nicholas Dibiase.

Hepnova dedicates Green Island Serenade to Ai Weiwei

HEPNOVA is dedicating our cover version of Green Island Serenade (綠島小夜曲) to jailed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. As a song that was popular in Taiwan, China, and across the Sinosphere, we think it is a poignant symbol of cross-strait solidarity. On the surface, the lyrics are a pop song about a man admiring a silent woman from afar, but it has also been interpreted by many to be a veiled protest against government censorship and oppression.

We hope you enjoy the song, learn it’s meaning, and pass it on.

You can also sign a petition by Change.org or Avaaz.org calling for Ai Weiwei’s release.