24 Nov '11, 11am

ShareNY: Is the Sharing Economy the New Economy?

ShareNY: Is the Sharing Economy the New Economy?

In addition to all those companies that just improved your life, there are also cooperatives in this space, like the Park Slope Food Co-op (PSFC). Ann Herpel of the PSFC says that some people consider her organization to be socialist but she maintains that it runs on capitalism; the co-op buys produce from local producers and sells it to its members. PSFC has 67 paid employees which averages out to about one per 250 members. And it works. Well. One good reason for its success is likely that all members have to work about a 3-hour shift every 30 days and no one’s allowed to buy his/her way out. Herpel remarked that it’s clear when members still don’t get what the co-op’s about because when asking about inventory, they’ll query, “do they carry this?” instead of, “do we carry this?” Get it or not, they’re still active members because the place is rampant with affordable and d...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/11/shareny-sharing-econo...

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