How NetSquared Groups Can Imagine a Better Sharing Economy
You’re probably familiar with the idea of the sharing economy. The concept of sharing goods and services isn’t new, but by adding technology the friction between interactions in a sharing marketing has been reduced so much that the sharing economy has been made accessible in radically new ways.
The Sharing Economy has already infiltrated my life. As I was planning my most recent NetSquared Vancouver event I used a nonprofit co-working space as my venue, did my pre-event pickups with the help of a car share service, and ensured my speaker could be heard using a public address system used by several community groups. I suspect that several of you could also say that you are already beneficiaries of the sharing economy.
[T]he use of networked, often mobile, Information Technology to share human goods and services – offers nonprofits new possibilities for innovation and efficiency along with new paradigms to move from scarcity to abundance.
NetSquared, which convenes conversations between the technology and nonprofit communities in more than twenty countries is uniquely placed to initiate a discussion about how the social good sector can build on the ideas of the sharing economy. As Haidt continues:
Local, grassroots nonprofits are best positioned to analyze their community’s needs and unlock Botsman’s “’idling capacity’” of resources–the untapped social, economic, and environmental value of underutilized assets.” … What is most exciting about the Sharing Economy is its embrace of a revitalized public square and a rejuvenated commitment to the social good
Is there an nonprofit in your community who is leading the local sharing economy discussion? Please mention them in a tweet using the hashtag “#Share2014” and a link to the article.
NetSquared Events The Sharing Economy is a great theme for a NetSquared event. You probably already have several local organizations who are working in the area who would be great panelists. Here’s an initial list to help your brainstorm: