Technology is connecting individuals to information, other people, and physical things in ever-more efficient and intelligent ways. It’s changing how we consume, socialize, mobilize— ultimately, how we live and function together as a society. In a global economy where the means of production are becoming increasingly decentralized, where access is more practical than ownership, what do the successful businesses of the future need to know?
By Heather Callaghan
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Shareable is a non-profit news hub for people to share ideas and real how-to information for transformation amid a crisis-ridden world. Read: grassroots economics. A fallen economy doesn't frighten them and you won't find arm-chair rants on their activism website. If doing something with your time, fixing a problem or working towards a solution before waving a white flag is your gig, then look no further. Without apology, they act first and tell you how to do it later. It's a place where one can breathe a sigh of relief and leave bitter resignation at the door. If nothing else, it's just plain interesting to see people changing things from the bottom up.
For instance, have you ever thought about starting a farmers market? A business without bank loans? Or do you just want to …
Over the past few years, the tenuous state of the economy has heightened awareness around purchasing decisions, stressing practicality over consumerism. Participants with lower incomes were more likely to engage in sharing behavior currently and to feel positively towards the idea of sharing than did participants with higher incomes. They also tended to feel more comfortable sharing amongst anyone who joins a sharing community.
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