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Share = To make joint use of a resource

Also see: oversharing

Sharing we consider in terms of 1) generosity and 2) newoldfangled social web, where sharing is the first click.

Sharing Economy

Ron Mader: Personally, I am perplexed by 'the sharing economy.' Some of these services are wonderful old-school transactions, the kind of trading that makes visiting traditional markets such a worthwhile experience. Some of it is unabashed, materialistic selfishness.

The sharing economy shares its core ideas with collaborative consumption -- participants share access to products or services. Owners rent out something they are not using, such as a car, a room or a house. What interests in the realm of travel and tourism is whether the ideas work for non-English speaking friends in Latin America. As happy that I can book Uber in Las Vegas, I'd love to explore whether it's a possibility in Oaxaca or Quito. What about selling tickets for home-cooked meals? This could be the next big trend for visitors seeking out sensational cooks who, alas, may or may not speak English. Cooking classes are big business in Mexico, but rarely take the visitor into the homes of locals.

How the Sharing Economy is Booming Without Hurting the Environment
The sharing economy: make it sustainable
Airbnb and Hotels: What to Do About the Sharing Economy?
Report: Sharing is the New Buying, Winning in the Collaborative Economy - Jeremiah Owyang/Digital Business
The Other 'Sharing' Economy That's About To Change The World
Mine, Yours, Ours: The Sharing Economy
Is sharing really green? (author version) - @MarcGunther
Debating the Sharing Economy - Outbounding
Sharewashing is the New Greenwashing
You’re not fooling us, Uber! 8 reasons why the “sharing economy” is all about corporate greed
How Airbynb and Lyft finally got Americans to trust one another
Who Shares? Who Doesn't? Factors Associated with Openly Archiving Raw Research Data - PLOS ONE
The Environmental Case for the Sharing Economy
'Sharing economy is another name for black economy' - Abta chair
Uber Opens Car Sharing Service In Madrid And Taxi Drivers Demand Immediate Government Action | The Spain Report
UK Gov’s “Independent” Review Of Sharing Economy To Be Led By Sharing Economy Startup CEO | TechCrunch


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Hangouts and Conversations
December 4 What is the future of the #SharingEconomy?
November 17-21 The Sharing Economy: The Good, The Bad and The Future - Outbounding
@SonjaSwissLife @outbounding @RnaudBertrand @Homestaycom @bemusedbackpack @kvarini

The Sharing Economy: The Good, the Bad and the Future via @Outbounding

Tourism Portals
What interests me is whether the sharing economy by any name is recognized and promoted by local tourism authorities. They're keen on selling the 'experience' but what about experiences that connect visitors and locals? The new services are here to stay but are either unrecognized or derided as part of the 'black economy.'

I understand that many accommodation services are considered as competition to traditional hotels, but I think the entire 'homestay' niche has long been ignored by tourism officials. It's not as if the majority of travelers will abandon their chain hotel loyalty programs for the option of spending the night in someone's guest room. I'd love to see all the options on the table (and by that I mean the official tourism portals) for visitors and all the behind-the-scenes education available to locals.

So far I have not seen one official tourism portal promote sharing economy services -- no AirBNB, Couchsurfing, or Uber. Personally, I would love to find Bookalokal or Mealsharing on these sites, but think about how long it took for the official portals to feature Facebook, Flickr, TripAdvisor and Twitter. They preferred an in-house approach rather than open up the portal to public comment and transparency.

What led to adoption of social web channels was its adoption. Featuring Twitter or TripAdvisor on official tourism portals became a new normal. Will we see the adoption of sharing economy links on tourism portals? Time will tell and one of the outcomes of the Outbounding dialogue will be a cyberlandscape survey. Maybe the answer is zero or perhaps a few sites will come to our attention and then a few more and a few more and savvy travel writers can begin compiling their Top 10 list of Tourism Portals making the most of the #SharingEconomy. Otherwise, all we will hear is the grim disgruntlement of the status quo complaining of black market intrusion into the local economic wellbeing.

Motivating Factors

A few weeks ago Uber launched in Las Vegas, a move that heads to the courts this week. Watching the pros and cons debated on the news, I took my first Uber ride this past weekend and had lengthy chats with the drivers, both very pleased at this option of additional income. Elsewhere Uber succeeded precisely because of the recession -- people were losing their jobs and they needed something to be able to keep their cars. Desperation lead to innovation. This is not to imply a blanket endorsement of Uber. Like many, I'm troubled by the story that the Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists.

Yoz Grahame's take:
Odds on Uber response:
“Clarification”: 3-2
Denial: 2-1
Non-apology apology: 5-1
Firing execs: 20-1
Internal change of direction: No bets

The Future
The Sharing Economy has several parallel and concurrent futures: one based on monetization and the other based on generosity. The apps and software for connecting strangers will only improve and with that robust business operations. I'm also predicting another future that is not based on making money, but deepening relationships and making new friends. What's incredibly social are the multitude of ways we can demonstrate our magnanimity. Using digital bullhorns, we can favorite, like and share and let everyone know about it. As Tim Rayner writes, "Serious regular users of social media are trying to outgive each other for the purpose of personal reputation." (Is that really you? ).

Is Sharing Green?
We are in early days when it comes to talking about environmental benefits. Where's the evidence, asks @MarcGunther in his essay Is sharing really green?

Why is it so important that we share where we travel? Answer: Influence.

If you are reading this text, you are likely one of the many people searching for information about where to go or how to get people to visit where you are. Sharing is connected to influence, allowing one's self to be influenced, not necessarily by the crappy trends and trending posts in the Twitterverse, but by others with whom you hold a common bond.

We share many tips and insights on and the Planeta Wiki not just of where to go, but how to make the most of a beautiful experience. We treat responsible travel as the optimization of experience that benefits locals and visitors alike. Why should we share where we travel? Because we already do.

We sometimes find the off-the-beaten-path venue by chance, but often it's a friend or stranger who suggests, 'Here's something you might like.'

Recommended listening

The amazing true story of why we share content - Why do we share news stories with our friends and networks? Is it to be a good citizens or to present a certain image of ourselves to the world? Do we share stories because they are funny or counterintuitive or because they bring us to tears? Finally there is some data on what makes us want to send a story out into the wider world.
Share Wars (and the Likeable Engine)


We need the discourse of gifting and gift economics to appreciate the moral potential of the social web and create online communities based in trust, reputation, collaboration, and creativity.
- Tim Rayner, Sharing, Gifting, and the Moral Evolution of the Social Web @timrayner01

Serious regular users of social media are trying to outgive each other for the purpose of personal reputation.
- Tim Rayner, Is that really you? @timrayner01

The key to a happy life on social media is to trust and nurture your peers and communities. Gift wisely and well, and seek to enrich your followers with quality content, and they will appreciate what you share and reward you for it sharing it.
- Tim Rayner, The Potlatch and the Panopticon: the yin and yang of social media gift economics @timrayner01

The key to a happy life on social media is to trust and nurture your peers and communities - Tim Rayner @timrayner01

Buzzword Bingo

Generosity - Gift - Influence - Outgive - Overshare - Reblog - Reflip - Repin - Retweet - Share - Sharing - uber




June 1 Sharing Day

Sharing Services Featured on the Planeta Wiki

uber - Uber in Las Vegas


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