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Sharing Economy

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

New York, NY, United States

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In a world of 7.5 billion people, there are innumerable scenarios where individual ownership of a product or service would prove financially, environmentally, and logistically impractical. Airplanes are a good example. If every single person needing to fly had to have their own plane, crew, control tower, and runway ... well, you can picture the chaos, not to mention the immense use of resources and exorbitant costs. In the same way, providing access to - instead of ownership of - products and services can make a solution significantly more feasible and effective. Shared access has the added benefits of being arguably fairer, more efficient, more transparent and visible, and inspiring increased participation. In the age of Uber, WeWork, Airbnb, the term "sharing economy" has become commonplace, though the exact definition and what qualifies can vary widely. This collection explores a variety of ways in which entities are leveraging shared access to resources to solve complex social challenges.

Stories In This Collection (5)

Cuba: The Weekly Package

Cuba: The Weekly Package
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New York Debates How to Finance Low-Income Solar

New York Debates How to Finance Low-Income Solar
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Prospect Community Garden aids in providing fresh food to students, local residents

Prospect Community Garden aids in providing fre...
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The Parent Hack For Cheaper Childcare

The Parent Hack For Cheaper Childcare
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What can the sharing economy bring to emerging markets?

What can the sharing economy bring to emerging ...
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Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

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