I'm honored to be moderating a panel on The New Sharing Economy at Future Salon next Tuesday, October 26th, 6-9pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. I hope you'll join me. Please RSVP here. The physical address and livestream link are below. Here's the wind up on the event:

The first wave of Internet innovation helped people connect to information. The second connected people to each other. The next is about connecting people to stuff. This could be the biggest shift yet. The organizing principles of the Internet are now restructuring our material world moving us from an ownership to an access economy.

Now we not only can get information services on demand from the cloud, but we can also get use of cars (ZipCar, Getaround), bikes (Capital Bikeshare), accommodations (Couchsurfing, Airbnb), parking spaces (ParkatmyHouse), boats (ShareZen), planes, kids clothes, workspace (coworking), luxury handbags (Avelle), and much more.   

The confluence of the web, real-time location aware mobile technologies, economic and environmental crisis, and the first web-native generation coming of age has created a perfect storm for sharing in the real world.

This is the change we need. With a peer-based, sharing economy comes cost savings, stronger communities, environmental conservation, broader access to resources, and higher quality products made for sharing. Sharing addresses many problems at once – an appropriate solution for an era of interconnected crises.

In this month’s Future Salon, we’re featuring a panel of thought leaders and entrepreneurs designed to help innovators succeed in the sharing economy. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the space, weaving in questions from the audience as the conversation progresses. Our panelist for the evening:

Neal Gorenflo, publisher of Shareable Magazine and co-producer of a new report on the sector, The New Sharing Economy, will moderate the panel. Joining him will be:

Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, and a leading consultant and innovator in the space.

John Zimmer, founder & COO of Zimride, a venture-backed ridesharing service based in Palo Alto, California.

Jessica Scorpio, co-founder of Getaround, a peer-to-peer carsharing service.

Punsri Abeywickrema, founder & CEO of Rentalic, a leading person-to-person rental marketplace based in Sunnyvale, California.

Casey Fenton, founder of Couchsurfing, a leading peer-based travel accommodation site run as a nonprofit with the mission to create inspiring experiences.

The Future Salon format: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the above program. Please RSVP.

The event is being held at SAP Labs North America, Building 1, Room: Southern Cross at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map]. Free and open to the public. Invite your friends!

LIVESTREAM LINK: Program starts at 7pm. When you arrive at the page, enter your name where it says "Join as a Participant." You'll be taken to the livestream.

Neal Gorenflo


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Neal Gorenflo is the executive director and co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the

Things I share: Time with friends and family, stories, laughs, books, ideas, nature, resources, passions, my network.