Shareable contributor Rachel Botsman and co-author Roo Rogers just released a video previewing What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, their new book being released in September about sharing.
One thing I have in common with Rachel is that I've learned that sharing is much bigger than we had thought. In a recent example, I was quite surprised by the growth of bikesharing. According to the video, it's the fastest growing form of transportation. All the major cities in the US has a bikesharing program in development. Who knew?
In addition to quantifying the trend, the video lays out three major categories of sharing reflecting the book's organization:
- Product Service Systems like bikesharing and carsharing
- Redistribution Markets like Freecycle and eBay
- Collaborative Lifestyles like Couchsurfing, and Lending Club
This schema helps make sense of the space. But however you slice it, there's a whole lot of sharing going on. It's in the billions.