01 Dec '12, 1am

The rise of the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy

Creative Commons: Vanderbilt University, 2012 Long before the invention of the shekel by ancient Mesopotamians around 3000 BC, humans swapped, traded, loaned and borrowed. This was the original economy -- the sharing economy. You've probably heard the term recently for good reason.. it is making a big comeback. The advent of digital technology to help facilitate these non-monetized transactions along with a whoop- *** recession has led many to seek a return to the sharing economy . New companies like HipSwap (essentially an online swap meet) and Zotwheels , AirBnB or Uniiverse , are taking the world by storm -- offering a new way for people to share and "profit" from their old stuff. That's why the folks at TriplePundit are launching a crowd-funded project to document the rise of this new parallel economy. Here's a demo video from their Indiegogo campaign: TriplePundit Edi...

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