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.

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

Panelists:
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

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

Future of Community Panel

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Thursday, May 21

Future of Community – How Nonprofits and Businesses Are Engaging Audiences to Grow Their Impact

I have one comp ticket to give away, first come first serve. Otherwise, use code BSC25 to get 25% off.

FEATURED PANELISTS:

Eli Malinsky, Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation

David Spinks​, CEO, CMX Media

Kristin Hodgson​, Communications Director, Meetup

Sarah Judd Welch​, CEO/Head of Community Design, Loyal

Marcos Salazar​, Co-Founder + Executive Director, Be Social Change

Lee-Sean Huang, Co-Founder / Creative Director, Foossa

More information and registration>>

Transformative Storytelling class – May 11

BSC Class: Transformative Storytelling – Using Narrative to Communicate, Inspire, and Activate Your Community

Join Be Social Change on Monday, May 11th from 7PM to 9PM for Transformative Storytelling – Using Narrative to Communicate, Inspire, and Activate Your Community with Lee-Sean Huang, Cofounder and Creative Director of FoossaRegister now using coupon code LeeSean25 to get 25% off.

Storytelling is more than a marketing tool. It’s a management tool.

In this class, we uncover the narrative structures and strategies used by social change practitioners and entrepreneurs for building community and inspiring action. This is a workshop for makers and social entrepreneurs who want to strengthen their skills in storytelling to transform themselves, their teams, and their broader communities.  Storytelling is a powerful tool for building a shared identity, for facilitating mutual understanding, and for facilitating collective action.

We will draw upon successful storytelling methodologies and strategies from the fields of social activism, marketing, and the arts. We will examine and decode examples of successful (and not so successful) storytelling. This class will get “hands on” with activities and exercises that will encourage participants to practice their new storytelling skills.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Why storytelling is important for social change
  • What are the essential elements and structures of a good story
  • How to find and craft compelling stories
  • How to adapt and refine your storytelling
  • What are some of the possible applications of storytelling
  • How to integrate one’s personal and professional stories
  • How to use stories to stand out in a crowd
  • How to imbue stories with values and emotion

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR

  • Professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, and communications strategists/marketers ready to focus on company and brand storytelling
  • Professionals who have an idea for a project, organization or business that will drive change
  • Professionals who already use storytelling in their work looking to find ways to systematize and refine their approach
  • Professionals curious about how storytelling can enrich their work.

Learn more and register on Eventbrite>>

#GivingTuesday, New York Social Good Holiday Bash, & Catalyst User Survey

There’s #BlackFriday, #CyberMonday, and now #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving on Tuesday, December 2. Hundreds of organizations have raised over $6,000,000 on Indiegogo in preparations for #GivingTuesday and on their way to raise millions more with your support.

We invite you to this interactive celebration to listen, experience, and share in these organizations’ impact stories this #GivingTuesday. Learn about great causes that are changing lives worldwide this holiday season. Vote on the 15 organizations that will pitch live during the event to win $5,000 (Voting begins at midnight on December 2 here). Enjoy holiday hors d’eouvres and spirits along with tunes by DJ Phi Unit

*** 100% of ticket sales will go towards charity, as part of the prize money for the winning pitch.

Join us on December 11th for the New York Social Good Holiday Bash!

We’re excited to be partnering with Be Social Change to ring in the holidays and build stronger connective tissue among the people and organizations driving social innovation in NYC! On December 11th at 6:30 PM, join us at Wix Lounge to for New York Social Good Holiday Bash! In the great company of our fellow purpose-driven New Yorkers, we’ll be enjoying tasty snacks, drinks, and festivities.

You can purchase your ticket here: bit.ly/NYSGbash. For a 25% discount, use the promo code “NYSGholiday” at checkout.

Save the date, invite your friends, and celebrate collective impact, new connections and collaborations with the New York Social Good community!

See you on December 11th!

Help us test CATALYST tools today: join the debates and tell us more about your experience with DebateHub

The CATALYST Consortium has begun alpha testing of the DebateHub, a collective intelligence platform for group ideation, discussion, and debate. DebateHub also includes cutting edge tools to help community managers (visualize and understand the social dynamics and argument balance of a given debate or deliberation.

Purpose and the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute have partnered with a several communities who have begun experimenting with DebateHub. These communities include Wisdom Hackers, a group of artists, activists, and entrepreneurs building an “incubator” for philosophy and wisdom into the discourse of contemporary living, as well as the alumni association of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. Catalyst consortium partner Purpose is also using DebateHub as a transparent and inclusive place to plan its spring campaign and upcoming testbed, in which the organization plans to use DebateHub as a platform for hosting a large scale public discussion about imagining the future of European identity.

We need your help to improve DebateHub. Please give DebateHub a try and give us your feedback by filling out the short survey, which takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your help. We look forward to your input in our iterative design process and product development.

#DesignThyself comes to Be Social Change

I will be offering my #DesignThyself class again on September 15th. Register on EventBrite.

Join Be Social Change for Design Thyself on Monday, September 15th at 7pm w/ Lee-Sean Huang, Co-founder and Creative Director at Foossa

Are you interested in learning about design principles to affect change in the world? Why not start with yourself? #DesignThyself brings design thinking and design doing to a personal level. Learn how to use design as a tool for changing your own creative habits and behavior.

* Doors open at 6:45, class starts at 7:00 sharp *

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Learn how to use design principles and methodology to cultivate a new creative habit and to make an intentional and proactive change in your life. We will draw from the fields of interaction design, activism for social/cultural change, as well as cognitive psychology. This class is based on material previously offered at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design for Social Innovation and on Skillshare.com.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR

  • People interested in cultivating a new habit or modifying existing behaviors.
  • People interested in applying design (thinking/doing) and cognitive psychology to their own lives.
  • Designers and aspiring changemakers looking to “be the change” the way they want to see the world.