I saw an item on the new sharing economy this evening.
I don’t think there’s anything new about it at all. People used to rent out their spare rooms and people used to share their hedge trimmer with neighbours or am I remembering a Nirvana that exists only in my rose-tinted and failing memory?
Airbnb makes sharing your spare room easier but I’m not sure it happens anymore than it ever used to.
And I don’t think there’s any more sharing of stuff than there ever was. I’ve tried to encourage it with setting up a Street Club for our neighbourhood but at the moment the only people that have joined are me, Hannah and one neighbour.
Street Club (www.streetclub.co.uk) is a really nice idea to try and get communities talking and sharing. It was set up by B&Q but given that the last tweet from the @streetclub account happened quite a few months ago I’m guessing that particular budget has been cut.
The site is still usable though and I would still like it to work, but it needs more people engage for it to be successful.
But either way I don’t think the sharing economy is any bigger than it’s been in the past. So there.