The social, environmental and economic crises that continue
to reap havoc across the globe provide a critical opportunity for ordinary
people to demand economic reform and political transformation says STWR's director, Rajesh Makwana, in an interview with John Habets & Henk Gloudemans.
Discussions and events that focus on sharing are becoming ever more mainstream in 2013, but the
broad conversation that encompasses the sharing economy also poses some challenges - especially when we consider what sharing means in international terms.
In a guest post on Friends of the Earth's Green Blog, Benita Matofska of The People Who Share says that a new model is emerging for how the world
could operate, and argues that the simple
solution to our most complex global problems is the sharing economy.
We have just published a web version of the introduction to our latest report, Financing the Global Sharing Economy. The introduction outlines how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every year to bolster
the global sharing economy and prevent life-threatening deprivation as a foremost priority.
The concept of sharing is fundamental to the business sector, despite the huge challenges to creating an alternative economic model in the midst of a free-market, private enterprise system. Yet the co-operative movement is playing a key role in building sustainable businesses based on people and not profit.
If we believe that
the sharing economy has a role to play in creating a fairer and more
sustainable world, then we need to look broadly at how the principle of sharing
applies to all aspects of policymaking – particularly on an
The story of what our society is all about
is now up for grabs, and the sharing economy has an opportunity to develop a vision that
shows how sharing addresses the world’s greatest challenges
and offers a new, inspiring way forward for society, writes Neal Gorenflo.