Learning from the Sharing Economy
When I think about people exchanging knowledge and skills for this challenge, I immediately start thinking about collaborative consumption and examples of the Sharing Economy.
Also known as 'the peer-to-peer economy, mesh, collaborative economy or collaborative consumption' (
Wikipedia), the Sharing Economy is a socio-economic system built around the sharing/exchange of goods, services or other items.
Yerdle – a peer-to-peer sharing site – is one of my favorite examples of a new startup based on the premise of sharing. Essentially, it's a free, online marketplace where I can share what I have with you and vice versa. eBay and craigslist are also examples of peer-to-peer marketplaces.
Our challenge is all about sharing what we know and do with others who could benefit from that know-how and coaching.
How might we learn from the sharing economy – namely, how people share and lend tools, books, and other 'stuff' – that could nicely translate to sharing knowledge and training across generations?