We've moved!

After going dark for a couple of years, I am returning to the Sharing Economy on a new website - Beg, Borrow or Share.

Beg, Borrow or Share will be at the front lines of the Sharing Economy and exists to:
  • build an information portal – tracking news, insights and trends in the sharing economy;
  • maintain a database and directory of sharing economy business options on a city-by-city basis – making it easy to locate what options are near where you live; and
  • focus every effort on raising awareness of the sharing economy in hopes of being part of a tide that rises all boats.
It's thrilling to continue to advocate for the Sharing Economy, contributing whatever small part I can to its growth and mass adoption.

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Messaging Opportunity in Rising Fuel Costs for Carsharing

The New York Times reviewed the Consumer Price Index on a year-over-year basis, comparing March 2010 to March 2011.  Since I love any well-organized, graphical data, I thought I would share and comment on a couple of data points that relate to and support our expanding Shared Economy.  

Source: New York Times via Uncluttered White Spaces


Volkswagen Launches Quicar, Joining Fellow Automakers

Volkswagen is helping to make carsharing programs a trend for automakers with its launch of Quicar in Hanover, Germany.  The Quicar program will include 200 fuel-efficient VW Golf Bluemotion vehicles at 50 locations throughout the city.  The program will operate as a traditional carsharing program, similar to Zipcar.  It is planned to launch later this year.
Source: Volkswagen


Solar Mosaic: Making Existing Solar Investment Model Obsolete

After finding Solar Mosaic at Shareable, my mind is sufficiently blown away.  Solar Mosaic mashes solar energy with crowdfunding to diversify the burdensome upfront capital requirements across the community.  Quoting Buckminster Fuller, Solar Mosaic believes "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."  Based in northern California, the new company creates a marketplace that anyone can use to create solar projects and finance them through their communities, locally and online.

Source: joinmosaic.com

Buying for Buying's Sake

Annie Leonard is a longtime thought-leader of the sustainability movement who has always made a strong and compelling argument against our system of consumption.  In many ways her work makes her strong candidate to be one of the four busts on a hypothetical Mount Rushmore of Collaborative Consumption.  I just stumbled on a great little fact of hers in a image on Unstash.