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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.

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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?


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Photo of Meena Kadri

Great analogous share for this challenge. Something that stands out for me about sharing economy sites (thinking Airbnb, ZipCar, etc) is that they carefully consider 'mechanisms of trust' which seems so important to fuelling exchange. Makes me wonder about what kinds of trust factors might enhance mentoring and exchange between young people and older adults. Plenty to think about here!

Photo of Ashley Jablow

So true, Meena! Trust is so important - in online contexts and of course offline too. When I think about trust and mentorship, I actually think about the person who's asking to receive the coaching or training. It can be very tough to ask for help, show weakness, or recognize that you don't have all the answers and could use some additional guidance or support....So, trusting the person you're asking for or receiving that support from is really important. Nice thinking!