EU POLICY MAKING: NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY

EU POLICY MAKING: NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY

In a communication published earlier this month, the European Commission policy makers explain the key regulatory issues at hand and provide policy guidelines for member states. A short spoiler: it focusses on topics that most of us find dry and even boring. But it is worthwhile understanding the main questions and suggestions raised by the Commission because they will determine the political discourse in the future and therefore affect stakeholders in the collaborative economy. That is why Paula summarized the most important points for you as short and spicy as possible earlier this month. Read more... 

The Sharing City Game

The Sharing City Game

During the Ouishare Fest 2016 shareNL workshop “Designing a Sharing City”, we played the Sharing City Game: combining grass roots and grass tops level experience from both Shareable and shareNL. Instead of giving a talk about how we co-designed Amsterdam Sharing City – which is a very interesting topic as well (read further) -, we decided to have people experience themselves what it means to take part in the design of a Sharing City. And no better way, than to invite them to play! Read more...

The Sharing City recipe: what's the secret ingredient?

The Sharing City recipe: what's the secret ingredient?

In Amsterdam, the sharing economy is there to stay. The growth in locally to globally operating sharing initiatives is remarkable. Since 2015, Amsterdam is the first Sharing City in Europe, and as such, the progressive leader in an expanding field. But let’s take a step back and have a look at ‘What exactly IS a Sharing City’? Read more...

AMSTERDAM SHARING CITY | ACTIEPLAN DEELECONOMIE: RUIMTE VOOR DE KANSEN VAN DE DEELECONOMIE

AMSTERDAM SHARING CITY | ACTIEPLAN DEELECONOMIE: RUIMTE VOOR DE KANSEN VAN DE DEELECONOMIE

"Het college van B en W stemt in met het actieplan deeleconomie en geeft hiermee ruimte aan de kansen die deeleconomie biedt voor de stad. Deeleconomie is een ruim begrip, het gaat onder andere om het efficiënter inzetten van spullen, diensten en vaardigheden. Door het gebruik van online platforms kunnen mensen bijvoorbeeld makkelijker spullen ruilen, huren en lenen van elkaar. De consument staat centraal en krijgt goedkopere en makkelijkere toegang tot diensten en producten. Het college wil de deeleconomie waar mogelijk stimuleren zonder eventuele uitwassen uit het oog te verliezen. Risico’s zijn bijvoorbeeld een ongelijkspeelveld of een gebrek aan sociale zekerheid. Daarmee is de deeleconomie geen kwestie van verbieden of toelaten, maar monitoren en kansen grijpen waar mogelijk." Read more... 

Six sharing economy trends for 2016

Six sharing economy trends for 2016

During the past few years companies and organizations have focused most of their research on why people would take part in the collaborative (or sharing) economy. Researchers including ourselves have followed suit. In 2016 entrepreneurs and researchers will become savvier. The field has expanded and many platforms have become more accessible. Today an increasing amount of people are aware of the new possibilities the collaborative economy offers. Yet many of us active in the field strongly feel that people are still not sufficiently informed about the workings of the various existing platforms. In addition, there may be other barriers towards adoption. In 2016 many companies and surveys therefore will focus on the ‘why not?’ Read more...

Opportunities and challenges for European cities: Amsterdam Sharing City

Opportunities and challenges for European cities: Amsterdam Sharing City

The rise of the collaborative economy offers both significant challenges and opportunities to local governments. The traditional lines between the public and private spheres are blurring. It is increasingly unclear where private activity turns into entrepreneurial activity, as consumers can at the click of a button become hoteliers, sellers, lenders, transporters and producers. This has consequences for many important pillars of our society such as taxation, insurance and regulation. First of all, there are potential advantages, such as a growth of civil participation in the creation and consumption of public goods and services, as well as an assumed positive environmental impact be- cause existing resources are used more efficiently. Secondly, there are risks such as unfair competition between “old” and “new” companies. When people start to produce, consume and trade more among one another on peer- to-peer marketplaces, there will be an impact on existing industries. Thus the challenge for local governments is to grasp the opportunity and promise of the collaborative economy, while smoothing the transition by safeguarding public interest and different stakes that exist in our society. One of the ways in which local governments can deal with these challenges and grasp the opportunities is by becoming a “sharing city”. Read more...