The collaborative economy in Europe & why non-profits and big brands will win

The collaborative economy is growing in size, in usage, and in complexity. But how is it fairing in Europe? Who’s winning? And what does it take to win?

The collaborative economy is growing. In size, in usage, and in complexity too. It’s set to be a key economic component in the years to come as people use digital technologies to get what they need from each other.

The collaborative economy is global. But its characteristics and conditions vary a great deal from region to region.

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Climate change & why we need the collaborative economy (badly)

The collaborative economy might not reduce consumption, but it offers us an exponential, highly scalable solution.

Last week I gave a presentation at Jeremiah Owyang’s Crowd Companies’ inaugural event in Europe, hosted at Swisscom’s HQ in Berne, Switzerland.

As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been following and researching the collaborative economy the past couple of years. In particular, I’ve been keeping track – via this list – of the logistics space and how it’s being affected.

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The collaborative economy is growing – now includes healthcare, logistics, corporate, utilities, municipal and learning.

What role do companies play, if people get what they need from each other?

The collaborative economy is on the rise. It’s the third phase of social: First came social media where the media landscape was democratised as people started sharing and creating media; then came social business where businesses started using social technologies across the enterprise; and thirdly came the collaborative economy which is about sharing and creating physical goods and services.

You know it from the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter.

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Sharing is the New Buying: New report offers insights into the collaborative economy

“Two newlyweds spend their honeymoon in a rented loft instead of a chain hotel. A first-time mom rents a stranger’s truck in her neighborhood to pick up a baby crib. An entrepreneur
taps the crowd to fund a new product on kickstarter rather than seek traditional investors.”

Ever since Jeremiah Owyang took the stage at LeWeb 2013 and presented his and Altimeter Group’s research and report on the collaborative economy I’ve been convinced: The collaborative economy will be one of the next big things. Jeremiah’s impressive keynote back then made clear that this is a new business model that will upset most industries in the years to come.

How’s that? Well, we’ve already seen some strong examples of the collaborative economy in action (Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit etc.), and the VCs are backing it up. Continue reading “Sharing is the New Buying: New report offers insights into the collaborative economy”