The Rationality of Collaborative Consumption

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A new economic paradigm for the 21st century.

The theory: What's Mine is Yours

The Practice: Sharing Stuff and the Currency of Trust

The Links:


There’s a new Australian collaborative consumption website that’s worth looking at, it’s called Friends with Things

Friends with Things is a website where you can share things with, or borrow things from your neighbours for free – from bicycles to power tools, from cameras to sewing machines.

It’s about collaborative consumption and sustainability – but there’s more to it than just helping the environment. At Friends with Things you’re also welcome to share your time, skills and expertise with people – you can even share your local knowledge or connect with local people who share common interests.

So it’s a way to help bring back that sense of community and neighbourhood that’s often missing from apartment complexes, city living and suburban sprawl. In doing this the site embraces a boarder social mission – building both a more civil and sustainable society, which make it quite distinct from any other collaborative consumption website in the space.

It’s Australian, but the plan is to launch internationally later in 2011. At the moment we’re looking for people who want to get involved and intelligent feedback on the project. Have a look and let us know what you think.

You can also find us on twitter @ihavethings or find and like Friends with Things on Facebook

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