What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

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by Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers
     
 

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“Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out.” —Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map

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“Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out.” —Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map

A groundbreaking and original book, What’s Mine is Yours articulates for the first time the roots of "collaborative consumption," Rachel Botsman and Roo Roger's timely new coinage for the technology-based peer communities that are transforming the traditional landscape of business, consumerism, and the way we live. Readers captivated by Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail, Van Jones’ The Green Collar Economy or Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point will be wowed by this landmark contribution to the evolving ecology of commerce and sustainability.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Business consultant Botsman and entrepreneur Rogers track the rise of a fascinating new consumer behavior they call "collaborative consumption." Driven by growing dissatisfaction with their role as robotic consumers manipulated by marketing, people are turning more and more to models of consumption that emphasize usefulness over ownership, community over selfishness, and sustainability over novelty. A number of new businesses have emerged to serve this new market, exploiting the ability of the Internet to create networks of shared interests and trust and to simplify the logistics of collective use. Businesses such as bike-sharing service BIXI; toy library BabyPlays; solar power service SolarCity; and the Clothing Exchange, a clothing swap service, help users enjoy products or services without the expense, maintenance hassle, and social isolation of individual ownership. Part cultural critique and part practical guide to the fledgling collaborative consumption market, the book provides a wealth of information for consumers looking to redefine their relationships with both the things they use and the communities they live in. (Oct.)
Delta Sky
"This is an inspiring book about innovating entrepreneurs in an economy where people are seeking ways to connect with each other- through business."
Vogue Australia
"The latest buzzword and trend is defining how we do business in the new millennium"
Emergent by Design
"The authors give hundreds of examples of how people are finding new ways to share and exchange value…[T]he book is packed with some pretty interesting statistics…If you’re unaware of what’s happening in the peer-to-peer exchange space, this book will quickly bring you up to speed."
The Australian
"[F]ull of impressive examples of entrepreneurs establishing new markets. Ultimately, the authors’ optimism is infectious."
The Economist
"Collaborative consumption is an ideal signalling device for an economy based on electronic brands and ever-changing fashions."
Edwards Magazine Bookclub
"[T]he authors have laid out the social and economic logic for collaborative consumption with such religious fervour and zeal that one can’t help but become converted to this new world order."
Tony Hsieh
"What can the next wave of collaborative marketplaces look like? Botsman and Rogers answer this question in a highly readable and persuasive way. Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration should consider reading this book."
Craig Newmark
"People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same."
Adam Gopnik
"Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good."
Steven Johnson
"Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out. Anyone interested in the emerging economics and culture of collaboration will want to read this profoundly hopeful book."
From the Publisher
"A convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good." —Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon
—The Economist
“Collaborative consumption is an ideal signalling device for an economy based on electronic brands and ever-changing fashions.”
—Delta Sky
“This is an inspiring book about innovating entrepreneurs in an economy where people are seeking ways to connect with each other- through business.”
—Vogue Australia
“The latest buzzword and trend is defining how we do business in the new millennium”
—Edwards Magazine Bookclub
“[T]he authors have laid out the social and economic logic for collaborative consumption with such religious fervour and zeal that one can’t help but become converted to this new world order.”
—Emergent by Design
“The authors give hundreds of examples of how people are finding new ways to share and exchange value…[T]he book is packed with some pretty interesting statistics…If you’re unaware of what’s happening in the peer-to-peer exchange space, this book will quickly bring you up to speed.”
—Tony Hsieh
“What can the next wave of collaborative marketplaces look like? Botsman and Rogers answer this question in a highly readable and persuasive way. Anyone interested in the business opportunities and social power of collaboration should consider reading this book.”
—Craig Newmark
“People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same.”
—Adam Gopnik
“Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good.”
—Steven Johnson
“Amidst a thousand tirades against the excesses and waste of consumer society, What’s Mine Is Yours offers us something genuinely new and invigorating: a way out. Anyone interested in the emerging economics and culture of collaboration will want to read this profoundly hopeful book.”
—The Australian
“[F]ull of impressive examples of entrepreneurs establishing new markets. Ultimately, the authors’ optimism is infectious.”
Library Journal
Business consultant Botsman and entrepreneur Rogers (director, Redscout Ventures) tout the benefits of access to products and services without the cost, burden, or responsibility of ownership. Their coined notion of "collaborative consumption" is beyond the toy sharing we learned in childhood. Citing dozens of examples from across the world, they look at how businesses like Netflix, Zipcar, Zopa, and Swaptree are revolutionizing the exchange, value, and creation of goods and services through networked technology and peer communities. Veteran narrator Kevin Foley delivers an effective performance of this fascinating and timely book; business community leaders will want multiple listens. [More at www.collaborativeconsumption.com.—Ed.]—M. Gail Preslar, Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN
Library Journal - BookSmack!
Rachel and Roo (same name as the newest NBC sitcom, oddly) define collaborative consumption as "bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping, redefined through technology and peer communities." It's that age-old activity-sharing-with coworkers, neighbors, your FB peeps, whomever. For something so simple, it sure is popular, profitable for businesses, and good at reducing waste and saving money, leading me to the conclusion that it must have been the forgotten brainchild of Jimmy Carter and Buckminster Fuller. And though the authors slant healthily toward reducing our throwaway culture (how many Styrofoam cups did you use today, boy?), they are not ideologues on an anticapitalist rant. I see the movement as dude-friendly, as it presents solutions that fit the needs of most. Perhaps the best aspect of the book is what it isn't: a dumbed-down pastiche of self-help and personal economizing. If you've ever traded your mad computer skillz for help building a deck, you did collaborative consumption. This book introduced me to dozens of sites that will save me dinero the next time I need something free (Freecycle, OurSwaps, SwapTree), have to rent something for cheap (Zilok), or borrow money (Zopa) to go to Argentina (Airtobnb, CouchSurfing). Just don't lend your copy to the hoarder who lives down the street. He doesn't need more crap. — Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," Booksmack! 2/3/11

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062014054
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
597,085
File size:
1 MB

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"A convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good." —-Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

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