Blog: Shabnam Anvar
From February 6th to 8th, 1,000 participants from 30 countries, including 70 journalists and bloggers will thrive at the Lift Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. We will explore the business and social implications of digital technologies: from what lessons are to be learnt from porn on the web, to resiliance and how agile businesses work. That's Europe!
15 years ago, I sat behind a tainted window watching consumers react to a fair trade website's various designs and functionnalities.
The 20th century’s claim to fame was top-down centralization. We watched TV, listened to the radio, borrowed money from banks, and elected politicians.
The 21st century model will very probably be composed of collaborative, distributed horizontal power structures that empower all actors to participate. What Rifkin calls “lateral power”.
Neal's account of his donation exchange for Christmas, instead of presents, is not only a great read, but it makes you (re)think and ask what is Christmas all about.
a) Running around like a chicken without a head, trying to buy useless presents?
b) Sharing a special moment with loved ones?
Trick question: I know...
Sharing is great, but it is not always easy
Yes, I love Freecycle (and recupe.net in France), Craig's list, Neighborgoods.net, donating to charity, etc. But it can be a hassle for small recurrent items. One can spend a lot time registering the good, sorting the requests, replying and finally meeting up with the person.
The Curbside FreeBox Solution
I am Franco-American collective intelligence, sustainability & incremental innovation enthusiast.
I have a J.D. on how French 20th century regulation was built to secure main stream industrial models; it also (in)directly made sharing illegal in France, in a number of fields, such as seed exchange (!).
Former NGO Director, researcher, in-house counsel, I strive to help open, sustainable initiatives succeed.