About Collaborative Lab

We are the global experts on the collaborative economy and how it will transform the way we live, work, bank, and consume. Collaborative Lab provides targeted, personal advisory services to senior leaders in business and government who want the ideas, theories and latest research to deeply understand the opportunities and implications the rapidly growing collaborative economy presents.

The way we work with clients varies from executive briefings to workshops to longer advisory engagements customized to meet your specific needs. Representative clients include: Airbnb, Cognizant, DocuSign, eBay, Nesta and GM.

Our purpose is to help leaders unlock the environmental, social and economic wealth of assets in transformative ways that create greater efficiency, empowerment and access.


OuiShare Fest: The Age of Communities

The Collaborative Lab team is in Paris for OuiShare Fest’s second annual event for the European Collaborative Economy community. Read more here

Online Identity Is The Key To A Collaborative Future

Jacob Greber for the Australian Financial Review, April 17, 2014. Read more here

The TED Talk That Started It All

It’s been four years since Rachel’s first TEDx Sydney presentation on the Case For Collaborative Consumption. Relive the gamechanging moment here

What We Offer

We do not approach projects with a typical consulting model. We do not take on a large study, work on it in isolation and present back our key recommendations and walk away when it’s time to execute. Lab focuses on collaborating with visionary people to deeply immerse them with the knowledge, best practices and a global network in the space.


We have spoken to thousands of people at public events and at companies as diverse as Google, Morgan Stanley, Gartner, Microsoft, SAP, Commonwealth Bank, Lend Lease, Oracle, Optus, TED, SXSW, WIRED, and many more on a range of topics related to the collaborative economy. We are consistently ranked in the top 1% of all speakers at events we participate in, and our style is described as ‘thought provoking’, ‘dynamic’, ‘humorous’ and ‘real’.

Who is it for?

We have given more than 300 presentations corporate and public sector audiences to groups as small as ten and as large as 5,000.


Workshops are typically a mix, of presentations and interactive breakout sessions designed to help participants start to turn insights into actionable ideas. They run from 3 hours to two full days depending on a client’s specific needs.

Who is it for?

Workshops are best with cross functional participants who are faced with a specific challenge or who want an interactive session to go deeper. We work with a range of group sizes but our general rule is no less than five and no more than 25.

Study Tours

We design and deliver annual study tours to the US and Europe to get behind the scenes of leading collaborative economy start -ups to learn first-hand and meet peers who are running these fast growth businesses. Why do they do what they do? What challenges have they faced? How do they think about brand, culture and community? It is like going backstage and getting to ask the questions you really want to ask.

Who is it for?

Senior executives, who want to see, hear and feel first–hand how successful businesses in the space are built and run. We sometimes take a group of leaders from one organization on a custom tour but also offer a mixed group once a year. We find it’s important for at least a couple of senior executives to participate in this type of experience.

Immersion Programs

Our immersion programs are an intensive exploration into the Collaborative Economy held over a 6- or 12- month period, to infuse the principles and frameworks of the movement into an organisation, and rapidly upskill internal team members to become Collaborative Economy experts. Immersion Programs are designed in tandem with our clients to maximise the learning opportunities within the organisation and can involve a combination of content sessions, networking experiences with entrepreneurs, practical projects and internal experiments.

Who is it for?

Senior executives who are responsible with figuring out how they collaborative economy could benefit their organization and impact their sector both near in and long term. Typically, 3 to 5 participants will go through the program.

What People Say

“Collaborative Consumption is one of the 10 ideas that will change the world.”

TIME Magazine

“Without buying into the shallow potential of the latest fad, be that Twitter or Facebook, Rachel Botsman takes a more intelligent long view of how technology will change the terms on which people live and work.”

Monocle Magazine

“Lauren really hit the objective of “getting the blinkers” off and providing some insight into what trends are driving business.”


“Responses we have received about Rachel’s presentation were overwhelming. I don’t think anyone knew what to expect from her but everyone walked away completely blown away by what she had to say. We have had such interest in her from within HP.”

Hewlett Packard

“Lauren presented to a group of young high performers about Collaborative Consumption. She spoke passionately and was an expert in the subject area. Her presentation was a key highlight of our event.”

Westpac Bank

“Rachel Botsman recognized as one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business'”

Fast Company

Leading Authority

Starting with the book ‘What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’ in 2010, written by Collaborative Lab Founder Rachel Botsman, and her critically acclaimed TED talks that have had over 1.6 million views, our ideas, theories and research have catalyzed the growth of the collaborative economy around the world. Our thought leadership has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company and we have spoken at high profile events including Google, No.10 Downing Street and the Clinton Global Initiative.

A Vision Of A Collaborative Future

We exist to help entrepreneurs, businesses and governments unlock the value of one of the biggest opportunities of our time – the collaborative economy. We believe in a society of communities and individuals empowered through the use of collaborative technologies, strengthened by decentralised networks, marketplaces and platforms that fundamentally change the way we live, work and play. Benefiting from our global stimulus, thought leadership, strategic insights and cutting-edge ideation frameworks, clients can uncover innovative new opportunities that will help them to, not just remain competitive, but also thrive, in this new economy.

Our Work


What’s Mine Is Yours:

The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers, Harper Business 2010


The Case For Collaborative Consumption

– Rachel Botsman at TEDx Sydney, 2010


The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition


World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders

Sharing Economy Taskforce Position Paper


Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through network technologies to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new consumer economy with her influential book, What’s Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live. TIME Magazine recently called collaborative consumption one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change The World”. Her passion is joining dots across disciplines to make sense of big social and business shifts just before they come into focus. Read more about Rachel here.

Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson has played an instrumental role in building the global collaborative consumption movement. Over the past three years, she has been a vital source of strategic knowledge and market insights for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and government leaders; identifying technology, regulatory and consumer shifts and the implications for the space. Lauren has built a global network of ambassadors across 17 countries to share best practices and local news on collaborativeconsumption.com. Read more about Lauren here.


Collaborative Lab clients benefit from the ideas, research and examples we aggregate from a global network of a global network of curators across 30 countries. Our knowledge hub, CollaborativeConsumption.com, is a leading source of information and news about the collaborative economy. We also have close relationships with the entrepreneurs building innovative start-ups in the space.


Antonin Leonard



Melissa O’Young

East Coast USA


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Where are we?

Suite 2, Level 2, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst Sydney NSW 2010
+61 422 966 736