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The New Sharing Economy

The New Sharing Economy

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Report courtesy of Shareable Magazine and Latitude Research. Feel free to republish this report with attribution and a link to Shareable.net and LATD.com.
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IT’S TRUE THAT SHARING IS A SIMPLE CONCEPT AND AFUNDAMENTAL PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE. THANKS IN LARGEPART TO THE WEB, IT’S NOW AN INDUSTRY WITH SEEMINGLY
THE NEW SHARING ECONOMYIS ONE INSTALLMENT OF LATITUDE 42s
 THE NEWSHARINGECONOMY
A STUDY BY
LATITUDE
 IN COLLABORATION WITH SHAREABLE MAGAZINE
an ongoing series of open innovation studies which Latitude, an international researchconsultancy, publishes in the spirit of knowledge-sharing and opportunity discovery.
UNBOUNDED POTENTIAL.
 
Technology is connecting individuals to information, other people, and physical things in ever-moreefficient and intelligent ways. It’s changing how we consume, socialize, mobilize— ultimately, howwe live and function together as a society. In a global economy where the means of production arebecoming increasingly decentralized, where access is more practical than ownership,what do thesuccessful businesses of the future need to know?
 
What’s changed about our psychology of sharing?Is money the only, or even the most valuable, currency anymore?How can Web, mobile and real-time technologies continue to fuel sharing?What are the opportunity spaces for business owners & future sharing entrepreneurs?
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PHOTO BYD'ARCY NORMAN
THE NEW SHARING ECONOMY
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LATITUDE 42
 
 
 THE NEWDRIVERSOF SHARING
Online sharing is a good predictor of offline sharing.Every study participant who sharedinformation or media online also shared various things offline — making this groupsignificantly more likely to share in the physical world than people who don’t share digitally.85% of all participants believe that Web and mobile technologies will play a critical rolein building large-scale sharing communities for the future.
This study’s data supports the four primary drivers of sharing as originally outlined by Rachel Botsman,co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
75% of respondents predicted their sharing of physical objects and spaceswill increase in the next 5 years.
— 78% of participants felttheir online interactions withpeople have made themmore open to the idea ofsharing with strangers,suggesting that the socialmedia revolution hasbroken down trust barriers.
COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY
Regardless of income, more than 2/3 of all participants expressed thatthey’d be more interested to share their personal possessions if they couldmake money from it.
GLOBAL RECESSIONENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
More than 3 in 5 participantsmade the connection betweensharing and sustainability, citing“better for the environment” asone benefit of sharing.*Over the past few years, thetenuous state of the economy hasheightened awareness aroundpurchasing decisions, stressingpracticality over consumerism. Participants with lower incomeswere more likely to engage in
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Gen Y (ages 20-29)Politically LiberalHigh Income ($100k+)Low Income (<50k)Tech-orientedHas ChildrenSmartphone Owner
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Moreover, most participants (78%) had also used a local, peer-to-peer Web platform likeCraigslist or Freecycle- where online connectivity facilitates offline sharing and social activities.
*Response options were not mutually exclusive.
The two most popularly perceived benefits of sharing (67% each*) were“saving money” and being “good for society,” echoing the “we + me” mentalitynow popular amongst Millennials; saving money needn’t come at the expenseof helping the environment or society.sharing behavior currently and to feel positively towards the idea of sharingthan did participants with higher incomes. They also tended to feel morecomfortable sharing amongst anyone who joins a sharing community.
PHOTO BY EIRIK SOLHEIMPHOTO BY KEVIN DOOLEY
THE NEW SHARING ECONOMY
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Sharing is a natural effect of the consciousness of the New Paradigm.
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