A groundbreaking, original book that explores the rise of “Collaborative Consumption” — a cultural and economic force transforming business, consumerism, and the way we live.
— Collaborative Consumption was featured as one “10 Ideas That Will Change the World.” TIME
— “A remarkably hopeful and accessible book about a social revolution gaining momentum.” Financial Times
— “A revolution in the way we think about ownership.” WIRED.
What’s Mine is Yours charts the rise of a rapidly growing socioeconomic groundswell, Collaborative Consumption. It describes how technology enabling the sharing and exchange of all kinds of assets from money to cars to skills to stuff in ways in ways and on a scale never possible before.
From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist, to emerging sectors such as peer-to-peer travel (Airbnb), social lending (Zopa), ‘swap trading’ (Swap.com) and car sharing (Zipcar), Collaborative Consumption is disrupting outdated modes of business and reinventing not only what we consume but how we consume.
Travelling among global entrepreneurs, as well as established companies, the book identifies three systems of Collaborative Consumption - product service systems, collaborative lifestyles, and redistribution markets. It clearly maps out the key principles for global brands, start-ups and public services who want to innovate and adapt to these opportunities.
Botsman and Rogers outline in bold ways how Collaborative Consumption may, as TIME magazine described it, be “One of the 10 ideas that could change the world”.
Anyone interested in the power of collaboration and big ideas will enjoy this smart, timely, and readable book.
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“What can the next wave of collaborative marketplaces look like? Botsman and Rogers answer this question in a highly readable and persuasive way. Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration should consider reading this book.”
—Tony Hsieh, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
“Genuine game-changing innovations are few and far between, but Collaborative Consumption can rightly lay claim to that title. Perhaps the most exciting part of the movement that Botsman and Rogers describe is how networked technologies provide platforms for building trust between strangers. The Big Society just got real.”
—Philip Colligan, Executive Director, NESTA, Public Services Lab
“Much of what we most value is created with other people, through relationships. Friendship, care, love, recognition are not delivered to us in a package. That’s why Collaborative Consumption is such a vital guide to how we can live more successfully. “
—Charles Leadbeater, author We-Think
“After listening to a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out. Anyone interested in the emerging economics of collaboration will want to read this profoundly hopeful book.”
—Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map.
“At a moment of general gloom, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good. They offer not just a prescription for parts of our ailing economy, but a new vision of what ‘consumerism’ can be: not just a form of slavery to objects, but a thing in itself positive, progressive and pleasure-giving.”
—Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children’s Gate.
“People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. That’s the big observation from my day job, customer service, for fifteen years. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist