Welcome to the Collaborative Economy

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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 Approach

Our approach centers on the research and frameworks developed by Rachel Botsman, a world-renowned thought leader on the collaborative economy, and a global network of curators and industry experts across 30 countries.

Collaborative Lab’s team combines deep expertise + creative thinking = bold, informed solutions.


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


Collaborative Lab’s founders are highly sought-after speakers, and internationally renowned experts on innovation and entrepreneurship, global trends, growth areas and sustainable impact related to the collaborative economy. Through an inspiring, story-based and yet pragmatic style, we offer audiences access to cutting-edge examples and research curated from more than 30 countries worldwide.


We design and deliver 1- and 2-day workshops focused on building market understanding and generating innovation opportunities in the Collaborative Economy for our clients. Steeped in knowledge gathered over 6 years of researching the growing movement, combined with an innovation framework that gets to the core of the business’s objectives and desired outcomes, our workshops result in practical action plans that help shift the conversation from ideation to implementation. 

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.

Study Tours

While a lot can be learned from reading about and studying Collaborative Economy companies from a distance, there is nothing better than being immersed in an entrepreneurial environment to gain a deeper understanding and fresh perspectives. We design and deliver annual study tours to the US and Europe to get behind the scenes of some of the world’s most successful and most revolutionary Collaborative Economy start-ups to find out what makes them tick, and what some of their biggest lessons and challenges have been as leaders of the movement.

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

Thought Leadership

Since the publication of Rachel Botsman book What’s Mine Is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way We Live (Harper Collins 2010) and her internationally celebrated TED talks, we have been the leading thinkers and champions of the global sharing economy. Over the last few years, collaborative consumption has been recognized by influential thought leaders, major media outlets, businesses and governments as a space to watch in terms of its potential to positively impact the world. We have worked with companies and entrepreneurs across sectors and spoken at events on every continent (except Antarctica!). We have developed deep global expertise on key trends and best practices and offer clear insight into future challenges and opportunities. Here is a sample collection of our thought leadership.

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.


Our Global Curator network brings together leading collaborative economy practitioners in more than 25 countries. They share insights and case studies of local activity and strengthen the global community through these connections. Meet some of our curators here:


Antonin Leonard



Melissa O’Young

East Coast USA


Marco Torregrossa



Albert Canigueral



Contact the Lab

Where are we?

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