Perspectives

WEEKLY ROUND-UP: COLLCONS MUST-READS – 27 MARCH

We scour the internet to find the most interesting news on the collaborative consumption front. Here are our picks for the week:  Airbnb in funding talks valuing it at about $10 billion: source  Reuters Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds…  Read more

In Spain, National Federation of Bus Transportation denounces BlaBlaCar

Last week the National Federation of Bus Transportation(Fenebús) called for the closure of ridesharing company Blablacar.es website, indicating that its operations are seriously impacting the interests of passenger transport companies legally established. This is just the last of a series of collaborative consumption regulation related events that have taken place during Q1 2014 in Spain….  Read more

Gentleman’s Guide to Coworking

Josh Capelin owns and manages Projucer, a company that produces creative video content , and Homework, a coworking space in Sydney. Coworking is a brave new world for some people, either entrepreneurs or freelancers trying to look for a place to work on their projects that isn’t 5 paces away from the living room couch….  Read more

Women of Collaborative Lab: Women to Watch

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to share Rachel and April’s recent notable mentions in the media. Rachel has recently been named by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business. While April has been included by The Guardian on the Twitter list: 20 Women in Sustainability.  Are there collaborative consumption stars you want featured this month?…  Read more

Ouishare Fest 2014

OuiShare Fest: Join 1000 collaborative economy visionaries from May 5-7 in Paris OuiShare Fest is an annual event uniting the global collaborative economy community for three days of conference, co-creating and connecting. The 2014 edition, themed “the Age of Communities”, will take place at the Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, from May 5-7, bringing together entrepreneurs and social innovators, non-profit…  Read more

Airbnb Comes to South Africa

Peer-to-peer accommodation marketplace Airbnb is now available in South Africa, with 3,180 places available to stay country-wide. With around 1462 listings in Cape Town, 452 in Johannesburg and the rest spread across the country, there are diverse opportunities for people to learn more about the way of life in South Africa. While the demand for…  Read more

Sharing Nomads: Meet Celia and Jonas

In this excerpt from Susanne Mathiasen’s blog post, she explores the possibilities of working freely as a digital nomad, and interviews two nomadic Danes: Celia and Jonas. These two entrepreneurs represent the future workforces and lifestyle of Millennials, and bring inspiration to future fellow nomads and potential employers. To view full article, go to her website….  Read more

Canada Sharing Economy Roadshow: April Rinne in Toronto

April Rinne recently participated in a cross-country tour of Canada promoting Shareable Cities, speaking in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The tour was co-hosted by Social Innovation Generation (SIG) and Cities for People, a new innovation platform that aims to create more resilient and livable cities, with support from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. A key…  Read more

Denmark towards a Sharing and Collaborative Economy 2014: High ambitions but lack of legal frameworks

This post is an excerpt of Susanne Mathiasen’s blog post: Denmark towards a Sharing and Collaborative Economy 2014: High ambitions but lack of legal framework At the beginning of 2014 there are several indications that Denmark is seriously beginning to work on the transition to a new economy – a sharing and collaborative economy. Denmark has…  Read more

Principles of Collaboration Will Help Brands Stay Relevant

Lauren Anderson, Chief Knowledge Officer of Collaborative Lab, joined CrowdWeek to discuss the shifting consumer mindset toward sharing, the future of collaborative consumption, and how businesses can keep up in the February 13, 2014 Twitter #CrowdChat hosted by Crowdsourcing Week. Read the highlights on CrowdWeek.